Children's Centres: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) children’s centres and (b) Sure Start centres are open during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The decision whether to keep Sure Start children’s centres open in response to COVID-19 is one for local authorities. Data on the number of children’s centres open during the COVID-19 outbreak is held at a local level.

Data on Sure Start children’s centres sites is supplied by local authorities via the department’s Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database portal at: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk.

Local authorities are required to update their children’s centre records on a regular basis to reflect any permanent changes that they make to their children’s centre provision. However, the GIAS does not provide facility for local authorities to report temporary closures.

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