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Sure Start

Author: Julie Caulier Grice
Published Date: 23 February 2008

Sure Start is the government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. We bring together, early education, childcare, health and family support.

What is Sure Start is here to do?
Sure Start is a government programme which aims to achieve better outcomes for children, parents and communities. It does so by increasing the availability of childcare for all children, improving health and emotional development for young children and by supporting parents, as parents, and in their aspirations towards employment.


We will achieve our aims by helping services develop in disadvantaged areas, offering financial help for parents to afford childcare, and by rolling out the principles driving the Sure Start approach to all services for children and parents. The policies and programmes of Sure Start apply in England only. Responsibility for early education and childcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland rests with the separate devolved administrations.