Sure Start is a unique success story. It transforms lives and inspires deep affection amongst its users. It is a truly historic Labour achievement.
We were delighted to team up with Progress to host a highly successful roundtable on the vital importance of Sure Start Centres earlier this month.
LFoSS broadly endorses the recommendations of the House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry into Sure Start Children’s Centres. We completely agree that there needs to be a sharper vision for Sure Start allied to a much clearer outcome framework. We support the Committee’s call for more effective targeting of the most vulnerable and better … More Select Committee Inquiry into Sure Start
Children’s Centres face “an undercurrent of danger” according to an influential new report from 4Children. The Children’s Centres Census 2013 describes an alarming situation where 73% of Centres are supporting more families than twelve months ago – but 66% of Centres have seen their budgets cut.
Thank you very much to everyone who packed our Labour Party Conference fringe event to the rafters. Special thanks to our superb panel of Polly Toynbee, Sharon Hodgson MP, Anne Longfield from 4Children and Karen Jennings from UNISON.
The Government has recently unveiled three high profile childcare policies. Free nursery places for disadvantaged two year olds. Childcare providers will be able to change carer-child ratios so one adult can care for six two-year olds, instead of the current four children – and one adult can care for four one year olds, instead of … More Government Childcare Plans: Under-Funded, Incoherent Chaos
New research proves beyond doubt the incredible popularity of Sure Start. The Department for Education’s own Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England clearly shows that the overwhelming majority of users strongly value Sure Start services.
Labour Friends of Sure Start Launch Event – February 2013 Labour Friends of Sure Start is a brand new organisation established to celebrate, champion and campaign for our Sure Start Children’s Centres. A very warm thanks to everyone who attended our Launch Event on 12th February 2013. In addition to our keynote speakers, Ed Balls … More Labour Friends of Sure Start Launch Event