Making sure our kids get the best start

Our children are the future and local Labour believes that every child deserves the best start possible, so they can achieve their full potential.  

Improving the education, skills and opportunities for young people remains a top priority for Labour Councillors. We are buildkng on successes of innovative schemes to make sure no child is left behind, even as Government cuts continue to reduce local services to bare bone. 

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Labour puts kids first to start well

Children’s Centres were introduced by the last Labour Government. The ‘Sure Start’ programme has helped millions of children and their families over years, proving important support, from working with young mums, to everyday help and advice, right in the heart of our communities.

Working together with the Bolton Family of schools, Labour-led Bolton Council has ensured these important community services at our Children’s Centres continue. The ‘Start Well’ centres are run by local schools that passionate about helping local families, especially getting our children ready to move into full-time education and helping parents with the transition ahead. After working closely to develop these plans with the local community, schools and parents, we are confident the service can continue as an important backbrone for local people for many years to come.

Building on affordable school meals success 

In spite of opposition from local Tories, we remain committed to our affordable school meals programme, which means that Bolton has one of the highest uptakes in the country. Labour Councillors are building on this with the introduction of free breakfasts for every primary school child so we can make sure that the one in five children in Bolton that  miss out on the most important meals of the day don’t go without anymore.

Grants allocated range from £2,500 to develop an existing breakfast club, to £20,000 to expand, provide appropriate equipment and cover staffing costs to launch a new club in some schools.