MPs visit centre to hear experts’ views

Pen Green Centre
Pen Green Centre

A House of Commons Select Committee will be in Corby on Wednesday (March 6) to discuss the work of Sure Start centres.

The Education Committee will hold a second evidence session at the Pen Green Centre in Corby as part of its Foundation Years: Sure Start Children’s Centres inquiry.

The session starts at 2pm when Angela Prodger, the deputy head of the Pen Green Centre; Cllr Bob Scott, the centre’s chairman of the governors; Christine Wheelan, the Head of Centre at Croyland Children’s Centre & Nursery School and Ellen Wallace, principal of the Woodnewton Academy Trust give evidence.

They will be followed at 2.45pm by Alex Hopkins, the director of children, customers and education at Northamptonshire County Council; Diane Dinch, the locality clinical team facilitator for Corby and Kettering Health Visiting Teams; Maggie McKay, senior co-ordinator for Home-Start Corby and Nicki Price, the chief officer for Corby Commissioning Group at Willowbrook Health Centre.

The session is to give the committee an opportunity to hear the views of those responsible for running children’s centres, for commissioning services or working as partners with children’s centres on current Government policy in relation to Sure Start children’s centres.