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ERIC Number: EJ1051931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
A Review of the Services Offered by English Sure Start Children's Centres in 2011 and 2012
Hall, James; Eisenstadt, Naomi; Sylva, Kathy; Smith, Teresa; Sammons, Pamela; Smith, George; Evangelou, Maria; Goff, Jenny; Tanner, Emily; Agur, Maya; Hussey, David
Oxford Review of Education, v41 n1 p89-104 2015
This paper presents a review of the family services that were offered by a sample of 121 English Sure Start Children's Centres in 2011 and 2012. Children's Centres are community based facilities that aim to improve outcomes for at-risk families and children through the delivery of a range of services largely aimed at families with young children. Services commonly offered include: health advice, childcare and early education, employment advice, informal drop-in facilities, and specialist support on parenting. This paper provides a snapshot of Children's Centre service provision in 2011 and 2012 and documents the extent of change. A picture of broad stability was observed in the numbers of services that centres reported offering (from a list of 47 services grouped into 11 categories). However, some Children's Centres also appeared to be changing the focus of the services that they provided. Some centres seemed to be shifting towards providing greater outreach (rather than parent-support) and services which were targeted (rather than universal).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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