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Damian Hinds (East Hampshire, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what data his Department gather on participation in Sure Start programmes (a) overall, (b) in each region and (c) of each socio-economic or income group.

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Sarah Teather (The Minister of State, Department for Education; Brent Central, Liberal Democrat)

The Department does not routinely gather information about use of children's centres. However the Evaluation of Children's Centres in England (ECCE) is interviewing parents who use children's centres about which services they participate in and their family circumstances. The evaluation will provide service use estimates at national level for various groups including different socio-demographic and income classifications. Owing to the design of the evaluation the estimate will relate only to Sure Start children's centres serving the most deprived areas. The first report will be published at the end of December 2012. Following surveys will assess the impact of centre services on families' outcomes.

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