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A high court judge is to decide whether the move by Buckinghamshire County Council to close 19 of its 35 children’s centres is unlawful.
The number of children using children’s centres has fallen by nearly 20 per cent, with a sharp drop in use among under-fives.
The Mayor of London congratulated nurseries and children's centres on achieving the Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) awards at an event at City Hall.
Fourteen children’s centres in East Sussex have been earmarked for closure in an attempt to cut council budgets.
Lambeth Council has approved the closure of five of its children’s centres, while those in other parts of the country are also under threat.
New research has found that targeted music lessons for under-fives in deprived areas help to close the gap, particularly for children with complex needs.
The Local Government Association says it is 'inevitable' councils will be forced to close more children's centres unless the Government provides extra funding.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Sure Start centre in Ballymena where they met people who have completed an intensive parenting programme.
The Health and Social Care Committee wants the Government to produce a long-term strategy for the first 1,000 days of life to improve support and services for children and families.
The Government’s shift in focus towards childcare as a means of getting parents back to work, away from good quality early years education, is affecting settings’ quality and impacting social mobility, a cross-government report warns.
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