Sarah's stand for early years support

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Sarah has been speaking out for early years support provided by Sure Start, in a debate in Parliament around early childhood development. The massive funding reductions that David Cameron has imposed on local councils and the latest cuts affecting the children's centres mean that children in Rotherham could miss out on a fair start in life.

In Rotherham, we have some fantastic Sure Start Centres that offer great parenting classes. Sarah said during the debate. "Because our early intervention grant has been reduced, we are having to look at cutting the number of Sure Starts from 22 to nine buildings incorporated into seven centres; I am concerned that the vital parenting support given by the Sure Starts will be lost."

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have this week began a consultation around the future of Rotherham's Children's Centres to which Sarah commented: £I am deeply saddened at the proposed closure of 13 Children's Centres in Rotherham, and I feel that this is yet another example of the Tories taking away fair starts for children and young people.

Councils across the country are being forced to make vicious cuts that mean vulnerable people are losing out of essential services, day in, day out.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has absolutely no choice in having to implement this Tory driven cut. I encourage everyone affected to engage with the consultation, so that together, we can find a way of saving this vital service. One area I am currently looking into is the possibility of co-operative Children's Centres.

Proposed centres to close in my constituency are; Kimberworth Children's Centre, Marcliffe Children's Centre, Meadows Children's Centre, Park View Children's Centre, Rockingham Children's Centre and Thorpe Hesley Children's Centre.

For further information on the Sure Start consultation process please visit;

http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/consultations/Childrens_Centre_consultation/index.php

NewsVanessa Johns