Foundation Years: Sure Start children’s centres – Government response

Inquiry status: Closed.

The one-off session covers issues relating to the Committee’s report (December 2013) and the Government response (published as the Fifth Special Report from the Committee in March 2014). These include the purpose and effectiveness of Sure Start centres, outcomes and accountability, reaching children and families in need, funding, commissioning and planning, and workforce and leadership development.



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