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 Primary Care Trust, Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice Bureau, national charity Action for Children 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.