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Providing a Sure StartHow government discovered early childhood$
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Naomi Eisenstadt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427304.001.0001

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Did it work?

Did it work?

(p.115) Eight Did it work?
Providing a Sure Start

Naomi Eisenstadt

Policy Press

This chapter implies that by 2005, there were significant changes to the original concept of Sure Start, so the question of whether it had worked or not was confounded by the question of what it now was. From an area-based initiative of 250 local programmes, they were now tasked with delivering the commitments in Choice for Parents, the Best Start for Children: a Ten Year Strategy for Childcare. No longer an area-based policy for poor children, there would now be a Sure Start Children's Centre in every community, 3,500 in all. While the funding was to be more flexible, the service model requirements were significantly tightened up. Many of the changes to the service model were a response to the evaluation results produced by the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) team. Ministers took some disappointing results very seriously and used them to reshape the programme.

Keywords:   childcare, area-based initiative, service model, national evaluation, Sure Start

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