Childrens Centres

Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Children's Centres: Why The Government Can't Delay Any Further

Octavia Holland | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

Since the early 2000s, Children's Centres have provided a crucial mechanism to support under fives and their families with speech, language and commun...

We Need a Bold New Vision to Support Children in the Early Years

Kate Mulley | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Mulley

A child's early years are vital to their chances later in life. Learning to walk and talk, starting to make friends and build relationships outside the immediate family and developing a desire for independence all happen in this period before school. Because this is such an important time, children and their parents need support.

Sure Start: The Mystery of the Ghost Consultation

Michael Pavey | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Pavey

I know the Government have been busy recently, what with running down the British steel industry and trying to slash tax credits - but they seem to have completely forgotten one of their own consultations.

How Food United a Fractured Community

Nigel Denby | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

We offered them a free hot lunch, contact with other similar families, and for advice and support with their social needs. I don't know whether you know but the next time you pass a Children's Centre - take a closer look. They're not just nurseries as Centres like MECC offer a wide range of help of help.

Giving Children the Best Start in Life Needs More Than Schools

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

How Can We Prevent Another Case Like Amanda Hutton?

Sarah Macken | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Macken

The case of Amanda Hutton, who was jailed this week for allowing her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to starve to death and who hid the body for two and a half years, is almost too horrifying to contemplate. But with 198,000 babies in the UK living in complex families with a history of substance abuse or mental illness this will not be the last case of its kind.

Break Down the Barriers Blocking Disadvantages Families' Access to Children's Centres

Matthew Reed | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

The early years of every child's life are crucial to their development. That is why The Children's Society runs a network of children's centres across the country which provide support to families with children up to five years old.

A Sure Start, but is the Future Promising?

Anne Longfield | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK
Anne Longfield

It is surely a testament to the value of Sure Start Children's Centres that despite significant cuts within local authority budgets, and the removal of the dedicated Sure Start grant, many of them have continued to thrive ever more at the heart of their communities.