Children's centre closures may be as high as 1,000, says study
As many as 1,000 Sure Start children's centres in England may have closed since August 2009, research for the Sutton Trust suggests.
In the remaining centres, services for families are "hollowed out" and no longer within "pram-pushing distance".
The report says there were 3,632 centres in 2009, with official data showing 509 of these have now closed - but it says this is an "underestimate".
The government says it is determined to improve early years provision.
The Sure Start children's centre initiative was introduced in 1998 by the then Labour government, with... read more
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