As many as 1,000 children’s centres now closed, study finds

Around 1,000 children’s centres have closed since 2009, twice as many as officially acknowledged, an education charity has claimed. The Sutton Trust said that official government figures, which show a 14 per cent drop in centre numbers from 3,632 to 3,123 between August 2009 and October 2017, are out of date and inaccurate.
Based on a survey of 124 councils, carried out in autumn last year, the charity said this is likely to be a big underestimate because there is no clear definition of a “children’s centre” and official data does not keep up with closures announced locally. Read more.