Let's hear it for us
The focus, as with all Sure Start programmes, is on the centres where young children, parents and parents-to-be are given space and safety in which to become confident and independent. The key to success is listening to what people want. When pound;75,000 became available, instead of building yet another vandal-attracting play area, the team listened to parents and spent the money on making the gardens of the houses safe to play in. This extended to a safety equipment scheme for the houses themselves. As a result hospital accident admissions have fallen.
The book's message in National Sure Start Month is one of changed lives and renewed hope. Let parent Penny speak for all: "I hope to be able to move on, forget my past and have a wonderful, happy life with my children."
A congratulatory foreword is signed, "Gordon Brown MP". Let's assume, then, that all is financially set fair for Sure Start.
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