SureStart children's centres

How children's centres can help you

There are more than 3,600 children’s centres in England, find your closest centre. They bring all the different support agencies together to offer a range of services to meet you and your child’s needs, all in one place.

They’re somewhere your child can make friends and learn as they play. You can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just socialise with other people.

Services children's centres must offer

Children’s centres are developed in line with the needs of the local community so no one children’s centre is the same. However, there is a core set of services they must provide:

  • child and family health services, ranging from health visitors to breastfeeding support
  • most centres offer high quality childcare and early learning - those that don’t can help advise on local childcare options
  • advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families like speech therapy, healthy eating advice or help with managing money 
  • help for you to find work or training opportunities, using links to local Jobcentre Plus offices and training providers

 

Last updated on: 17/09/2014 - 13:48