Sure Start to be boosted by 50,000 new places

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Sure Start logoOn the Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning, (Sunday), Tristram Hunt announced that the Sure Start programme, widely regarded as a Labour success, would be boosted by an additional 50,000 places after the election. When pressed by the host as to the funding of these sorely needed places, Tristram said that the education department would require local authorities to open the doors of currently mothballed buildings and that charities or private companies would fund the actual provision. He also told Andrew Marr about Labour’s plans to improve “wrap-around childcare” by opening up breakfast clubs and after-school clubs to charities and private childcare providers.

In response, Anne Longfield, chief executive of 4Children, said: “There is a well-recognised shortage of high quality childcare places in areas of disadvantage which children’s centres are clearly able to respond to.

“We urge local authorities to examine the potential for more childcare places in children’s centres and work with partners to deliver them.”

You can read an account of this story on the BBC website.


  1. In proposing this initiative Tristram Hunt said:

    Our plan to save Sure Start will place local authorities under a legal obligation to provide access to childcare at these centres – along with the power to do it by opening up the doors to local providers desperate for good premises like these.

    This plan won’t cost money, it is purely a question of political will and leadership. The Government seems content to sit back and let Sure Start wither away. If the Tories win a second term, (Emphasis added – DP)

    Can someone explain to me how this apparent something for nothing works?


  2. The person who has to explain how compelling charities and private providers to pay for this has to be Tristram Hunt. Why does SEA not ask him how the Labour Party proposes to force them to do so?

    Trevor Fisher.


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