The government is looking at ways that parents can be given more power over their children's early education.
Children's minister Sarah Teather has opened up a discussion on how parents and communities can get more involved in planning and delivering local children's centres.
Evidence suggests that early education services can be improved with the active involvement of parents alongside qualified teachers, and Ms Teather has invited the public to submit their views on how to take this idea forward.
Launching the consultation, the Liberal Democrat MP said that while many children's centres are already at the heart of their local community, the coalition government wants to build on this to maintain an effective network across England.
"It is important that children's centres are at the heart of community life and we are committed to maintaining a strong and effective national network of centres across the country," she explained.
Alongside the consultation, the government has invited parties that would like to run their own community body to express their interest.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels