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A Liverpool children's centre is taking on celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver with its own cook book.

The Children's Workforce Development Council has given 50,000 to a project to help improve young children's speaking and listening skills.

A baby and toddler group in Somerset is facing closure due to a decline in the number of users.

Children's centres operating in deprived areas are running on the "bare bones" due to low demand for childcare.

Sure Starts need poverty training

By Ravi Chandiramani |

18 September 2007

Children's centre workers should be given training on the impact of poverty and disadvantage on family life to help achieve Sure Start's goals.

Close to half of education and early years workers are worried that a lack of money will jeopardise the work of children's centres and extended schools.

Sure Start advisers Together for Children is putting together a series of resources to develop the work of children's centres.

Community midwives have begun offering support to mums-to-be from a Sure Start children's centre as part of a joint project run by health and early years services in north Warwickshire.

Many parents of disabled children want to be able to work or study but have too many difficulties accessing suitable childcare, a report published today (19 September) by the Daycare Trust has revealed.

Experts in the childcare sector have dismissed recent reports and claims that Sure Start is failing to achieve its goals, saying it could take up to 15 years before real results can be seen.