Foundation years - Sure Start Children's Centres

Inquiry status: Report published

The Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into Sure Start Children's Centres examining the Core Purpose of Sure Start children's centres, their effectiveness and the range of services and activities provided. The Committee will compare with similar initiatives in other countries and look at how to define and measure good practice in family and parenting support outreach. How to increase the involvement of families (especially fathers, disadvantaged families, minority ethnic groups and families of children with SEN and disabled children) in the running of children’s centres and in their regular activities and how the overall level and quality of provision is being affected by moves to local funding.

Oral evidence

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Wednesday 6 March 2013 (Held at Corby, Pen Green Children's Centre)

Visit to Corby

The Committee had a tour of the Pen Green centre. They met parents who were involved in the governance of the centre and who were users of the services. They also had an informal round-table discussion with children's centre leaders from across the country, before taking formal oral evidence in the afternoon.



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