Lincolnshire County Council has responded to concerns that children’s centres across the country have been closed.
In response to claims by the national Labour Party that the number of children’s centres had almost halved in recent years, the council said that all 48 children’s centres across the county were still open and supporting young children and their families.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor with responsibility for Children’s Services, said: “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.”
She added that Lincolnshire’s 48 children’s centres offer essential support to young children and families, supporting child development, parenting skills, child and family health and well-being as well as preparing children for school.
The centres are supported by many organisations, including health visitors and midwives, with each centre tailored to the needs of the parents, children and families and the support they need.
Joining a local children’s centre is free. Go to www.lincoln shire.gov.uk/childrenscentres or call the Family Information Service on 0800 1951635.