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New Sure Start children’s centre statutory guidance

New statutory guidance for Children’s Centres was published by the Department for Education on 15 April.

This guidance replaces existing Sure Start children’s centres statutory guidance. It:

  • clarifies what local authorities and statutory partners must do because it is required by legislation, and what local authorities and partners should do when fulfilling their statutory responsibilities
  • focuses on outcomes for children (the core purpose of children’s centres)
  • clarifies the duty to secure sufficient children’s centres accessible to all families with young children, and targeted evidence-based interventions for those families in greatest need of support
  • promotes the greater involvement of organisations in the running of children’s centres with a track record of supporting families

You can read the new guidance in PDF format on the DfE’s website here.

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