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Councillors to discuss fate of more than 20 children's centres in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council could close eight children's centre to save money. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Proposals to close eight children's centres in Northamptonshire and relocate more than a dozen others to the county's libraries will be discussed today.

Councillors say they need to cut funding by £3m because of "unprecedented demand" on services and big reductions in government funding.

This afternoon, Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet will consider the proposals which would include closing three children's centres in Northampton, two in Wellingborough, two in Kettering and one in South Northamptonshire.

"Children's centre services will still be available across Northamptonshire, but financial pressures mean that we will be using a larger proportion of the funding available for services in areas of greatest need, such as Northampton East and Central, Corby and Wellingborough."

– Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning and families.

Report: Thousands begin SATs tests

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds in the Midlands have today begun sitting their national curriculum tests, better known as SATs.

This year's papers are tougher than previous ones, and some people say they're putting too much pressure on children so young.

One mother has told ITV News Central her son is self-harming because of the stress, she's so angry she's written to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports:

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Ofsted response over nursery inspection

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery

Ofsted has released a statement in which it confirms its inspection report of the Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Lincolnshire has been removed from its website.

The nursery, in Market Rasen, was downgraded from "outstanding" to "good" by Ofsted and told it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about people who are different to themselves". Parents said it was an example of "politically-correct nonsense".

We are aware of the concerns around our inspection of Town and Country Kiddies Nursery, and have taken the report down from our website while we look into the matter.

All early years providers must follow the statutory guidance as directed by the Department for Education, which includes ‘guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment’.

The guidance goes on to state that children should ‘know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’. Inspectors have a duty to follow these guidelines during every inspection and will naturally reference them in their reports.

– Ofsted spokesperson
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