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Sure Start Children's Centres

Making life better for children, parents and communities.

What is a children’s centre?

Children’s centres offer the chance for families to have fun, play, learn and grow together. A whole host of activities are available, with everything from baby massage and cookery courses to music time and the chance for parents to meet and chat. 

Parents and carers can also access the information, support, help and advice they need to give their child the best start in life. 

Childrens centres offer a wide range of services including:

  • access to early learning and childcare and support for a childminder network

  • access to family support and parental outreach

  • access to child and family health services – ante-natal and post-natal services and child health services

  • links with Jobcentre Plus and careers advice

  • support for parents and children to access a range of other services

Who provides the services?

Services offered by children's centres are provided by key partners working together. Partners include Dudley Council, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice Bureau, private and voluntary services. Centres were developed in this way because a wide variety of services play a part in children's lives - with care starting before birth.

How can I find out more ?

There are 20 children's centres across the Dudley borough. To find out what’s happening at your nearest centre, have a look at the menu to the left and click on an area. You will then find a list of all the centres operating in that location.

To find out where the children's centres are in Dudley, please click on the document at the bottom of this page.

Young children playing outside

Children’s centres consultation update

Dudley Council launched a major consultation on the future of Children Centres in the borough, which ran between 12/11/13 – 10/01/14

The consultation attracted 1528 completed questionnaires,in addition 4118 petition names, 2 brainstorming sheets, 61 letters, 79 testimonials, 9 photos, 2 parents views and comments, 12 media cuttings and 1 DVD. As a consequence of the public response Council Leader, Councillor David Sparks pledged during the consultation that none of the centres would be closed for the foreseeable future.

Draft proposals around a new model to deliver services will go before a meeting at the Authority’s overview and scrutiny management Board on 20/01/14 before a decision is taken by the Councils Cabinet on 12/02/14.

Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for children's services and lifelong learning, said:

"As a result of the huge consultation response the original proposals to save £2.3million have now been revised down to £1.5million for the 2014/15 financial year, as outlined in the report. We are currently considering ways of saving any additional money including working closer with our partners to deliver a more holistic service at our children's centres."