A NEW £1m children's centre in Huddersfield is aiming to give youngsters a head-start in life.
Children's minister Margaret Hodge highlighted 10 new children's centres in Yorkshire and Humberside as she spoke at the National Childminding Association's annual conference.
They include the new Sure Start Link 4 Children Centre opened earlier this year off Dryclough Road, Crosland Moor.
The centres aim to bring together existing provision for children and families - such as Sure Start local programmes, Neighbourhood Nurseries and Early Excellence Centres.
Mrs Hodge said: "It is my long-term vision for children's centre services to be available for every child as part of my commitment to ensuring children are at the heart of everything we do."
The new centres offer integrated childcare with early learning for young children, health services, family support and a base for childminders as well as offering a helping hand to get back into employment.
Other new centres include those in Mixenden and Ovenden in Calderdale.
Amanda Jackson, Sure Start programme manager, said: "It's all about trying to put services in locally.
"There's a venue and an ethos for agencies, even big ones, to offer services on a local basis. It's about agencies coming to people rather than the other way around."
Children's centres are being established in the most disadvantaged areas to serve at least 650,000 youngsters by 2006.