Children's Centres: Closures:Written question - 147335

Asked by Yvette Cooper
(Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

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Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for Education
Children's Centres: Closures
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2018 to Question 123506, on Children's Centres: Closures, if he will publish the (a) name and (b) post-code of Sure Start centres that closed between 2010 and 2016.
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 04 June 2018

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

Based on the information supplied by local authorities[1], the attached document provides details of the name and postcode of children’s centres that closed between 2010 and 2016.

Councils are reconfiguring services to deliver them more efficiently. If a council decides to close a children’s centre, statutory guidance is clear that they should demonstrate that local children and families would not be adversely affected and local areas continue to have sufficient children’s centres to meet their needs.

[1] The list of children’s centres closed between 2010 and 2016 is based on information supplied by local authorities as at 24 May 2018 (8:30am). These figures may be different to previous answers, and could change again in the future, since local authorities may update the database at any time.

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