Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Government figures have shown that local councils have closed more than 500 children’s centres since 2010, with authorities preparing for further steep cuts to services over the next few years.
Of the 508 centres revealed in the latest figures to have been closed, more than 100 have been lost in London, while 76 have gone across the wider south-east region.
Tracy Brabin, Labour’s Shadow Early Years Minister, said: “These cuts are impacting the most disadvantaged. Children’s centres are supporting parents who are in difficulty, but also parents who struggle with their parenting skills. These centres are like a family member who’s there to guide and support you… It’s not just a patrician thing, it’s also peer support. The meeting I went to had a whole variety of different users, very different people of different backgrounds.”
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