County’s 48 children’s centres are safe – council

THE county’s 48 children’s centres are not closing as part of any cuts to services, Lincolnshire County Council has announced.

The council says concerns have been expressed across the county by parents who mistakenly think their local children’s centre is closing and they will lose the services they offer.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “We are committed to the provision of children’s centres across the county. The centres give communities a real boost and provide services all the year round for young people and their families, ensuring youngsters have the best possible start in life.

“We can confirm that we have no immediate plans to close children’s centres or make changes to what they provide, although we will continue to review services to make sure we meet community needs and offer value for money to Lincolnshire families.”

Children’s centres offer services aimed at youngsters aged five and under. Services and facilities include community rooms for child friendly activities, adult training sessions, one-to-one professional consultations, and use of kitchens.

Partnerships with other service providers give help and guidance on topics such as first aid, health and finances, legal advice, childcare and education.