Improving Services for Young Children: From Sure Start to Children's Centres

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Angela Anning, Mog Ball
SAGE, Jun 24, 2008 - Education - 192 pages
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'This book is a welcome addition to the field of Early Childhood studies and would appeal to both students and professionals working with children and families in any area. The format of the book is clear and the style of writing is very readable and engaging' - ESCalate

` In this excellent book two of the principal investigators from the huge national evaluation of Sure Start bring together key findings of ''what works'' as the local programmes are turned into children's centres and rolled out across England. Chapters on all aspects of Sure Start and children's centres reflect the services themselves in providing a valuable ''one stop shop'' for those who want to understand how to work effectively with young children and their parents' - Dame Gillian Pugh, Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London

This book sets out important insights gained from the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS). The contributors present the effects of Sure Start from a range of perspectives and explore the successful and problematic aspects of the programme with its vision of improving the life chances of the most disadvantaged families. They also map and evaluate the progression of the programme into Children's Centres and Extended Schools.

Each contributor provides an overview of their specialist area before outlining the findings from the study and its implications for developing Children's Services. These areas include:

- Ethnicity

- Childcare

- Parents

- Special Needs

- Maternity Services

- Domestic Violence

- Buildings and Spaces.

The chapters set out the practical lessons learned from these areas for practitioners, professionals and policy makers in the field of children's services, as well as those involved in the setting up of Children's Centres and reform of multi-agency children's services.

The book will be relevant to undergraduate students on Childhood Studies Degrees, Early Years Professional Foundation Degrees students, postgraduate students on National Qualification for Managers of Children's Centres and Masters related to Integrated Children's Services. It is also for those with an interest in anti-poverty intervention programmes for young children and their families around the world.


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1 What was Sure Start and Why Did it Matter?
Part 1 Establishing Appropriate Sites for Service Delivery
2 Getting Sure Start Started
3 Sure Start Buildings and Venues
Part 2 Intervening in Peoples Lives
Sure Start and Black and Minority Ethnic Populations
5 Empowering Parents
7 Early Learning Play and Childcare in Sure Start Local Programmes
8 Speech and Language Therapy
9 Improving the Employability of Parents
Part 4 Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children
10 Parenting Support in Sure Start
11 Domestic Abuse
Lessons for Childrens Centres

Part 3 Children and Young Peoples Development
6 Maternity Services

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About the author (2008)

Angela Anning is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Leeds, where she worked for seventeen years in the School of Education. Her professional background is in early childhood education, particularly in inner cities. Her research interests include professional knowledge and practice in integrated services for children. In the last five years she has been a member of the National Evaluation of Sure Start team based at Birkbeck College, London.

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