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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.

What is happening at my Children's Centre?

Please contact your local centre, who will be pleased to give you details of sessions available.

When and where can I visit a Baby Clinic?

To see where and when your nearest clinic is please see the Dudley Clinic Leaflet at the bottom of the Dudley Health Visiting page.


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