I have been a huge fan of the Sure Start initiative from the very beginning. I have visited several and have always been hugely impressed by what I have seen. This is why I am really concerned by the University of Durham's report on the impact of Sure Start and other early years projects. The report concludes that the series of policies designed to boost the achievements of pre-school children has had no effect on the development levels of those entering primary school.
Is it still too early to measure the impact of such measures? I hope so. We all need to work to ensure that Sure Start works and that we give all kids the start in life they deserve.