United Kingdom

Sure Start is the Government's programme to support children and families by delivering the best start in life for every child and to help parents balance their work and family commitments.

Manchester's Sure Start children's centres are reshaping early years and family services all over the city, building on existing services, so that more young children and their parents can access high quality integrated services at neighbourhood level. Centres offer childcare, family support and a range of health, training and employment services depending on local need.

They’re somewhere your child can make friends and learn as they play. You can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just socialise with other people.

Children’s centres are developed in line with the needs of the local community so no one children’s centre is the same. However, there is a core set of services they must provide. Child and family health services, ranging from health visitors to breastfeeding support.

Most centres offer high quality childcare and early learning - those that don’t can help advise on local childcare options, advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families like speech therapy, healthy eating advice or help with managing money, help for you to find work or training opportunities, using links to local Jobcentre Plus offices and training providers.


We, the undersigned, demand David Cameron to urgently look at the decision to stop funding Sure Start.

We agree that Sure Start should be accessible for all children and families.

These services offered by Sure Start are there to support all children and parents. Let every child have a sure start.

Sure Start is more than a building, it is about learning new skills, support with employment and training, support with parenting and being equipped to take on the challenges being a parent gives, reducing isolation for children and families, building confidence in children and their families.

Giving a sure start to all children is essential.

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