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No closure threat to Linclonshire children’s centres

Lincolnshire Children's Centre

Lincolnshire Children's Centre

Children’s centres in Lincolnshire are not at risk of closure according to service bosses.

It follows claims from the Labour Party that the number of children’s centres nationally had almost halved in recent years.

Children’s services executive at Lincolnshire County Council Patricia Bradwell said: “These figures are totally wrong and misleading – no children’s centres have or are closing in Lincolnshire.

“The council still supports children’s centres as important and invaluable services for families with young children. Over a year ago the Government

changed the management arrangements so that local authorities group them together in an area. This was for ease of management and ease of inspection purposes so numbers might be counted as one in a cluster group when in fact that still represents a number of individual centres.”

Lincolnshire’s 48 children’s centres offer essential support to young children from birth to five and their families, supporting child development, parenting skills, child and family health and well-being as well as preparing children for school.

They are supported by many organisations including health visitors and midwives, each centre tailored to the needs of the parents, children and families and what support they need.

Joining your local children’s centre is completely free – go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/childrenscentres or call the Family Information Service on 0800 1951635.

 

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