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Children’s Centres: Greater London

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the criteria were for approving children’s centres in Kensington and Chelsea; and in what locations in the borough he expects children’s centres to be operational by 2008. (128676)

There are currently four Sure Start Children’s Centres in Kensington and Chelsea. Approval for the designation of centres operating in the most disadvantaged areas of England is given when the following criteria are met: centres are open five days a week, ten hours a day, 48 weeks a year; integrated care and learning is available for children under five, with the support of at least half the time of a qualified teacher; links with Jobcentre Plus are agreed; and plans are in place to provide health, family support and outreach services within an agreed geographical area.

Kensington and Chelsea have not yet finalised the locations for their children’s centres for phase 2 of the programme (2006-08). This information will be submitted to the Department in the next few weeks following further negotiations with local providers. The Department’s chosen delivery partner, Together for Children, is working very closely with the local authority to ensure that appropriate high quality Sure Start services are delivered within the borough.