What is a Children's Centre?

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A Children's Centre often called a Sure Start Centre, is a place where parents, carers or families with children under 5 years old can go and use play facilities, join in groups and receive support. The purpose of children’s centres is to improve outcomes for young children and their families by shaping:

  • Child development and school readiness
  • Parenting aspirations and parenting skills
  • Child and family health and life chances
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For children:

  • Drop-in fun play activities, such as ball pools, rockers, sandpits, building blocks, story book and baby play areas

For parents/carers:

  • Help finding childcare and early learning service
  • Help with getting back into work and training
  • Baby clinic
  • Breastfeeding Support group
  • Parenting Courses
  • Antenatal classes
  • Getting ready for school/preschool
  • Adult Learning
  • Advice and support
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Any parent or carer with a child under 5 including:

  • Parents, carers and families
  • Foster parents
  • Grandparents
  • Childminders
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Family Support Workers can be found at Children Centres (CCs) and provide help to parents and carers by:

  • Helping you access support, services and learning opportunities
  • Running a range of safe, fun and friendly services from the Children’s Centres
  • Providing you with up to date information relevant to your circumstances
  • Introducing you to agencies that can help with any particular issues you may have in complete confidence
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Choosing Childcare

A guide to the different childcare options available, things to consider and where to find help with childcare costs.

Paying for childcare

A walk-through the benefits, schemes and allowances that may help to cover your childcare costs.

Children's Centres Homepage

Search for your local Children's Centre and any activities and services running. 

How to search for Childcare

A guiding to using this website to find childcare.