Sure Start

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

Austerity Has Created A Mental Health Crisis

Bryan Blears | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.

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.

Tessa Can Make Sure Every Child in Our Capital Has Every Chance

Fiona Twycross | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Twycross

We need a Mayor with a proven track record in tackling inequalities, so a child's life chances are not decided just by accident of birth.We need a mayor who can make sure that every child in our capital has every chance. That's why we need Tessa, and that's why I'm backing her.

This Year's Shortage of Primary School Places Was Entirely Avoidable

Tristram Hunt | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tristram Hunt

Two long anticipated events draw closer this Easter - and the chance to remove this useless Tory government is just one of them. The other is parents' anxious wait to get their child into a good local primary school. In a crowded field it surely ranks as one of the most fraught experiences of parenting. With good reason too - evidence repeatedly shows how the first few years of education are absolutely crucial to life-long success. Eighty percent of the GCSE attainment gap - now rising under this Government - is already present by the age of seven.

A New Future for Children's Centres?

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

One of the biggest scandals of the last five years has been the way that Sure Start children's centres have been allowed to wither and die... Now the Labour Party says that these ghost ships could be revitalised by offering 50,000 childcare places.

With Such High Child Death Rates We Need to Stop Closing Sure Start Centres

Bob Morgan | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

About 6,000 UK children and young people die every year. Around two-thirds of these are aged under-five, and the majority are under the age of one. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths in this age group. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recently launched a report about these deaths rates and concluded that the risk of such deaths was highest amongst the poorest families in the Country.Research indicates that the differences in life outcomes for children born into the poorest families are far worse than those born into the wealthiest families in the UK.

Cameron the 'Christian'

Grainne Gillis | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

Interesting, around this time, David Cameron sought to come out as being an "evangelical Christian", and criticising those who did not share his beliefs. While the last census in 2011 showed that just over 59% of the population in the UK self-identify as being of a Christian faith, it did lead me, as a lapsed Catholic, to ask: What exactly does he mean?

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 Floods and the Tory Heartlands; Irony, Stereotypes and the Hidden Plight of the Working Poor

Karl Davis | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Am I saying that the wealthy residents of the Thames Valley are deserving of the devastation that floods bring? Of course not. They are enduring a harrowing ordeal, and are firmly in my thoughts. Am I saying that the poor in those areas are more deserving of flood relief? Not at all.

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.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

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.

'Get A Grip On Childcare', Labour Urges Government

Press Association | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers have been accused of creating a childcare crisis, after a survey showed Sure Start centres in England are cutting back on places, reducing n...

Lucy Sherriff

'All Our Eggs Are In Ofsted's Basket', Stephen Twigg Ponders The Implications Of Surprise Inspections | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Twigg is not afraid to admit Labour did not always "get it right" when it comes to education. The shadow education secretary concedes his g...

Toddlers Banned From Performing Actions To Twinkle Twinkle So Not To Offend Deaf

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Comedy

Toddlers in North Yorkshire have been banned from performing actions to the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in case it offends deaf people....

Austerity Britain is Not a Fun Place For Families

Helen Dent | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK
Helen Dent

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that he wants his Government to be the most "family friendly" ever. It's time for David Cameron to prove he's a family man and kick his Number 11 neighbour's policy of stripping back financial support even further into the long grass.

SureStart Centres 'Have Not Shut'

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Department for Education (DfE) has been accused by councils of issuing misleading information about SureStart centre closures...

David Cameron Breaks His Sure Start Promise - New Statesman | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Politics

Freedom of information requests by the New Statesman to the Department for Education, however, have found that 31 of the centres have closed since May...