Sure Start was a government based initiative announced in 1998 by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown.
The vision was that centres across the country would offer services "giving children the best possible start in life”.
The children are primarily those aged 0 – 5 years and their families.
Sure Start Children’s Centres are expected to offer.
- In particularly disadvantaged areas with high levels of unemployment and poverty Children’s Centres offer childcare and are linked to nursery provision.
- In other areas Children’s Centres are expected to offer Play and Learn sessions and have close links with nursery partners signposting families to good quality childcare.
- Family support to those with children under 5 including support and advice on parenting, information about services available in the area and access to specialist, targeted services and Outreach services.
- Child and Family Health Services, such as antenatal and postnatal support, information and guidance on breastfeeding, health and nutrition, smoking cessation support, and speech and language therapy and other specialist support
- Links with Job Centre plus to encourage and support parents and carers who wish to consider training and employment.