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Children’s Centres are integral to the health and well-being of children and the community in which they are brought up. Assessing the needs across their area, they can be a real powerhouse of support for the children and families in that community. At a time when Local Authorities are facing immense economic pressures, Children’s Centres – The future looked at ways in which these pressures are being addressed to ensure the best possible support for children and families.



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  1. Anne Crocker on July 24, 2012
    I agree that Children's Centres do stirling work in supporting children and families in the community. I was a Children's Centre teacher for four years based in Wythenshawe, South Manchester. Unfortunately after investing money in great quality training for the manchester Children's Centre teacher team Manchester City Council considered the work we were doing disposable. My colleagues and I were offered the option of moving to another area of work within the council or taking redundancy. As we are all passionate early years specialists this was not really and option - I have since completed the final year of my MA in Early Years studies and practice (which the council funded for the first four years) but am not allowed to work in a Manchester school for 2 years under the terms of my redundancy. My 30 or so colleagues and I want to support the young children of Manchester but are unable to do so.