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Children's Centres

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the next children’s centres to open. (108543)

Local authorities are responsible for the planning and delivery of Sure Start children’s centres, and they will continue to open them on an ongoing basis as they get the required facilities and services in place. There are currently 1,049 designated centres, with the figure rising every month as we progress towards our target of 2,500 by March 2008. By March 2010 there will be at least 3,500 children’s centres, one for every community in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the children’s centres in (a) Aylesbury, (b) Beaconsfield, (c) Buckingham, (d) Chesham and Amersham and (e) Wycombe constituency. (107864)

There are two designated Sure Start Children’s Centres in Buckinghamshire local authority. Sure Start Wycombe Children’s Centre builds on a Sure Start Local Programme (SSLP) and a neighbourhood nursery (NNI). The centre is located within the Wycombe constituency. Southcourt Children’s Centre is based on a neighbourhood nursery and a local primary school and is situated within the Aylesbury constituency.

There are currently no designated children’s centres in the constituencies of Beaconsfield, Buckingham and Chesham and Amersham. There are however, a further 22 centres planned in Buckinghamshire as part of the phase two (2006-08) children’s centre roll out with the following distribution: Aylesbury (five centres), Beaconsfield (four), Buckingham (three), Chesham and Amersham (three) and Wycombe (seven).