21st century children’s centres

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The Innovation Unit and the Pen Green Research Base were commissioned by the DfE (then DCSF) to organise a series of Think Tanks to ask some fundamental questions about children’s centres and their future.

This report describes what the Think Tanks revealed and explores the possibilities for future innovation. Some of the themes that emerged are illustrated with examples of effective practices in children’s centres. These are based on research visits to centres involved in the Think Tanks where best practice could be observed.

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21st century children's centres

Authors: Valerie Hannon – Innovation Unit, Dr Margy Whalley – Pen Green Research, Barbara Riddell – Pen Green Consultant, Dr Karen John – Pen Green Consultant

Publish date: 2013