Children's Centres

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy to conduct a consultation into children's centres.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

The government is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of background, get the best possible start in life. Children’s centres have an important role to play.

I am aware of the previous commitment made to consult on the future of children’s centre services. However, we rightly want to take some time to gather evidence and consider what steps would be appropriate.

Local councils continue to have a duty to ensure there are sufficient centres or other settings such as family hubs to meet local need and to consult where they plan to make changes to local provision.

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