As local authorities struggle to deal with budget cuts, children's centres around the country are at risk of closure.

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Ofsted chief inspector highlights crisis in support for children with SEND

Children across England are missing out on special educational needs support, Ofsted’s annual report warns.


Children's centres face ongoing fight for survival in 2019

The new year may be just a few days old, but children’s centres in Surrey and the London borough of Lambeth are already facing the axe.


Cash-strapped council plans to axe children's centre teachers

Teachers working in Leicester City’s children’s centres are at risk of losing their jobs because the council says it can no longer afford them.


Children's centres closing despite high demand

At the same time that a record number of families are using children's centres, a number of centres are expected to close over the next 12 months, according to the...


Analysis: Reshaping local authority services

Cuts in funding from central Government are forcing local authorities to take a different approach to their children's services and education, at a time of many...


Sure Start: Norfolk County Council - Community trust plans to boost centre services

Sure Start has achieved a lot in the deprived area of Great Yarmouth - and despite drastic funding cuts, it is hoped that this good work will continue. Mary Evans...


Sure Start: Sure Start: Liverpool City Council - battling to deal with an 11.5m funding shortfall

While Liverpool is feeling the pain of drastic cuts, it is determined to maintain vital services for children and families in all areas of the city. Mary Evans hears...


Sure Start - City of Westminster - Committed to a new vision for teamwork

In this new series Mary Evans takes an in-depth look at how cuts to local authority budgets are affecting children's centre services on the ground.


Analysis: Sure Start Children's Centres - Centres saved amid the wave of cuts

What are local authorities doing to resist the pressure to close children's centres - and why do they consider it important? Melanie Defries reports.



Children's centres: Where next?

Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC, calls for children's centres services to be refocused on supporting children under the age of two