Alliance comments on news that one in six children's centres have closed since 2010

Commenting, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
“It is incredibly concerning to see that so many children’s centres have closed over the past nine years.
“Children’s centres play a crucial role in supporting children and families - and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds - and yet, for many years now, the government has failed to develop any clear strategy or policy on these vital services.
“What’s more, given that many centres still technically operating have been all but hollowed out, the reality on the ground is actually a lot worse than these figures suggest.
“At a time when there is so much talk of improving social mobility, it beggars belief that such a vital source of help and support for vulnerable families has effectively been abandoned.
“Ahead of the upcoming election, we call on all political parties to commit to making a substantial investment into children’s centres, and to ensuring that those families that need it most have access to the early support services that they need.”

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About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
  • The Alliance website is www.eyalliance.org.uk