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Children's Centres: Closures

Question for Department for Education

UIN 123506, tabled on 17 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) location and (b) name of Sure Start centres that have closed since 2010.

Answered on

22 January 2018

Since 18 September 2017, real-time data on Sure Start children’s centres and children’s centre linked sites has been supplied by local authorities via the department’s Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database portal at:

Based on the information supplied by local authorities[1], the attached spreadsheet provides details of the location of children’s centres that have closed since 2010.

Councils are reconfiguring services to deliver them more efficiently. If a council decides to close a children’s centre, statutory guidance is clear that they should demonstrate that local children and families would not be adversely affected and local areas continue to have sufficient children’s centres to meet their needs.

[1] The list of children’s centres closed since 2010 is based on information supplied by local authorities as at 18 August 2018 (10:30am).

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