Most centres offer high quality childcare for babies and children up the age of 5, and flexible free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. Those that don’t, can help advise on your local childcare options near to home or work. Ask for the individual centre’s business support officer if you want more information about this or find out more about your childcare options through the families information service.
Children aged three or four years
Find out more about what your child is entitled to and how to apply for free flexible entitlement.
Access to child and family health services
Ranging from ante natal classes, midwifery appointments, breastfeeding support, child development clinics and how to receive your own and your child’s vitamin D drops.
Help and support for you to find work or training opportunities
Links to Jobcentre Plus and local training providers – ask for the children’s centre’s business officer if you want to arrange an appointment to talk through your options and find out what’s available.
Information and advice
We cover a range of issues including parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services such as speech therapy, healthy eating advice, benefits entitlement, help with paying for childcare, working family tax credit and how to find a dentist.
Information about groups and activities in and around the children’s centres for children and their parents and carers
Groups include play and learn, rhyme time, messy play, parent and toddler groups in the community, buggy buddies, job clubs and baby massage, adult learners courses and health drop ins. For a full list contact your nearest children’s centre.
There are a number of programmes available at the children's centres, related to parenting, school readiness and SEND support. Further information and to apply for a programme.
Including home visits and family support where parents and carers need extra support to help them access services and activities.
Support for children with disabilities or special educational needs
What support and advice is available through the children’s centres and access to information and advice through the disability links team.