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Former Sure Start Director to give lecture


The first national Director of Sure Start is visiting the University of Wolverhampton to present a guest lecture.

Naomi Eisenstadt will visit the University’s City Campus on Thursday, 9 February 2012 at 12pm to share her experiences.

Currently a research fellow at the University of Oxford, Naomi was the first national Director of the government programme Sure Start in 1999 before going on to work as the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services.

She later became Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force.

Naomi has just released a new book, titled Providing a Sure Start, which examines the rediscovery of family policy.

Dr Steve Iafrati, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, said: “The Social Policy department is looking forward to welcoming Naomi to the University to provide insights into her new book and family policy. Her experiences will undoubtedly be illuminating and interesting to students starting out in their careers.”

Sure Start is a government programme which provides services for pre-school children and their families. It works to bring together early education, childcare, health and family support. Services provided include advice on health care and child development, play schemes, parenting classes, family outreach support and adult education and advice.

The lecture will take place in room MC228 at the Wolverhampton City Campus and is open to staff, students and the public. For more information, email:


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