Children's Centres:Written question - 112453

Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 November 2017
Department for Education
Children's Centres
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres there are; and how many of those centres there were in each of the last three years.
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 15 November 2017

Since 18 September 2017, real-time data on Sure Start children’s centres and children’s centre linked sites has been supplied by local councils via the department’s Get Information about schools (GIAS) database portal at:

Based on information supplied by local councils, there were 3,130 children’s centres and sites as at 18 November 2017; 3,205 children’s centres and sites at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year; 3,272 children’s centres and sites at the start of the 2016 calendar year; and 3,431 children’s centres and sites at the start of the 2015 calendar year.

The number of children’s centres and sites is based on information supplied to the GIAS database, as at 18 November 2017. These figures may be different to previous answers, and could change again in future, since local councils may update previous entries to the database at any time.

Councils are reconfiguring services to deliver them more efficiently. Where they decide to close a children’s centre, councils must demonstrate that children and families, particularly the most disadvantaged, will not be adversely affected and that they will not compromise their duty to have sufficient children’s centres to meet local need.

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