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Children’s Centres provide early childhood services for all families during pregnancy, birth and until a child is five years old. These services are delivered in partnership with Health, Adult Learning and Job Centre Plus and may be delivered at a Children’s Centre, in a community building or in families’ homes. Families may also be given advice and guidance to find and access services elsewhere.

Children’s Centre Services are a key way for Devon to meet its legal duties and will continue to:

  • Give information and advice to parents, carers and expectant parents.
  • Provide health services (in partnership with health), for children, parents, carers and expectant parents; and encourage the development of healthy lifestyles.
  • Support children to develop by engaging in play, early education and learning with their parents. The aim being to prepare children for school.
  • Help children reach their full potential and reduce inequality in their health and development.
  • Support parents in their ability to meet their responsibilities and keep their children safe.
  • Help parents to develop personal skills and access education and employment.

They are also at the heart of delivering Devon’s Early Help Strategy and Targeted Families Programme.

Devon doesn’t require a set number of Children’s Centres. We just need to make sure we provide enough for all families with young children, and that we continue to offer support for those families in greatest need.

We know that Children’s Centre Services are important to families in Devon. Devon County Council and its partners remain committed and will continue to deliver high-quality Children Centre Services to improve the lives of all young children and families, including those families in greatest need. However, given the money we have available the way Children’s Centre Services are delivered in Devon can’t stay the same.

To protect these services, we need to think about the best way of providing them for less money, even if this means change.