Consortium wins kids' day centres

Mathew Little

Two children's charities are part of a consortium that has won a contract to develop 2,500 children's centres across England by 2008.

The Department for Education and Skills has awarded the contract to the Together for Children partnership, which includes ContinYou and 4Children, plus private sector organisations Serco, Care and Health and PA Consulting.

Children's centres target the under-fives and their families. They will establish childcare, health and social services and other forms of advice in areas such as debt and employment, all under one roof.

The partnership will offer support to every local authority in England to establish children's centres in their areas.

Anne Longfield, chief executive of 4Children, said: "We are delighted to be working with our Together 4 Children partners to support local authorities."

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