A discussion document on the core purpose of Sure Start Children’s Centres has been developed by the Department for Education with co-production partners in local authorities, children’s centres and the wider early years sector.
The Dfe is inviting you to comment on the document and submit your responses online.
What is the core purpose?
The Government is seeking to move beyond the core offer for children’s centres, to set out a core purpose:
- to improve outcomes for young children and their families, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged, so children are equipped for life and ready for school, no matter what their background or family circumstances.
A core purpose would enable greater flexibility for local authorities and children’s centres to commission services based on an assessment of local need.
What’s in the document?
The draft document does three distinct things, it:
- sets out what the Government see as the core purpose of children’s centres in terms of outcomes for children and families
- explains (based on discussion with the children’s centre sector) the approaches that successful children’s centres adopt in delivering that core purpose
- sets out the principles that sector leaders have developed to underpin the core purpose.
Your views will help to develop the final core purpose that will be published with the Families in the Foundation Years statement due to be published in the next few weeks, and will feed in to future policy development with partners in the sector.