Children's Centres: Leeds:Written question - 222898

Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
Asked on: 02 February 2015
Department for Education
Children's Centres: Leeds
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres and children's centres there were in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds Central constituency on 1 January in each year since the introduction of those centres.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 09 February 2015

Leeds local authority began designating children’s centres in 2003 and reached 58 designated children’s centres by the end of 2009. Since then, the number of main children’s centres has reduced by 4 (though they have ceased to be children’s centres, the sites have remained open as additional sites). [1]

There have been no further changes to this arrangement since November 2012 and as of 1 January 2015 there were 54 main children’s centres and 4 additional sites in Leeds local authority.

[1] Additional sites are places open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network. They were formerly children's centres in their own right and, while they no longer meet the statutory definition of a children’s centre, they remain open offering access to some of the early childhood services on behalf of another children's centre.

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