Sure Start Children's Centres
The Children’s Centres are commissioned to deliver services to families with children under 5 years of age and expectant families.
The core purposes of Children Centres are:
To improve child development and school readiness
To develop parenting skills and their aspirations
To provide opportunities to enhance children’s and families’ health and life experiences
They offer a wide range of support for all families. Here is an overview of some of services they can provide –
Play groups and school holiday play sessions – Look out for the latest ‘what’s on guide’ & 'Half term/school holiday activity guides'
Family outreach support – Working one to one with families supporting a range of areas/topics such as behaviour management & sleep . Please see the 'Parents and carers request form' below or chat to your child's class teacher if you would prefer us to refer you for support.
Parenting programmes (delivered in a group environment) – 123 Magic (a 5-week behaviour management course), sleep workshop (a 5 weeks’ workshop on sleep management), basic behaviour workshop (a one-off session on managing children’s behaviour)
Adult Education and Family Learning sessions – sessions on a range of subjects. Over the past year courses have been offered such as Using Phonics, Cooking on a Budget and Paediatric First Aid. Please see the 'Stepping stones' course guide below.
Opportunities to volunteer – Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. It can provide stepping stones for anyone looking to get back into work or gain employment.
Mrs Turner (FS1/Nursery Teacher) is our Children's Centre link worker, if you have any questions please feel free to ask her about how Sure Start can support you and your child. She will be more than happy to help.
Did you know you may be eligible for 15 hours worth of free childcare if your child is two years old?
To see if you are eligable and to apply for a place then call 0300 500 80 80 or email email@example.com
Your two-year-old child may qualify for a free early years place if:
OR you receive one of the following benefits:
If they are two between:
Please note: our system will only allow parents or Customer Service Centre to submit applications up to 16 weeks before the child turns 2. If it is more than 16 weeks before your child’s 2nd birthday then you will not be able to proceed with your application. Please apply at a later date in this instance.
Places are available in Ofsted-rated good or outstanding providers on the Nottinghamshire directory for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year (term time only).
Alternative ways to do this
If you are unable to complete the form online, you can contact us on 0300 500 80 80 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is correct as of August 26th 2016 and was scourced directly from the Nottinghamshire County Council Website
Limit the use of Dummies
Messages around use of dummies can be confusing but it is thought that the over use of dummies can hinder children’s speech development. The following is based on advice given by the Lullaby Trust.
Some research suggests that it is possible that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
If you choose to use a dummy, wait until breastfeeding is well established (at up to about 4 weeks old).
Stop giving a dummy to your baby to go to sleep between 6 and 12 months. In Nottinghamshire we recommend 6 months as this is when your baby will start to experiment more with making speech sounds.
If you choose to use a dummy, make sure it is part of your baby’s regular sleep routine. Try to keep it for sleep times only.
If your chid does use a dummy when they are awake, take out their dummies when they are talking, either when they are making early communication noises and babble, or later, real words.
Don’t force your baby to take a dummy or put it back in if your baby spits it out. Don’t use a neck cord.
Don’t put anything sweet on the dummy, and don’t offer during awake time.
Using an orthodontic dummy is best as it adapts to your baby’s mouth shape.
You can speak to your Children’s Centre team/health visitor about using dummies and about ways to reduce dummy use.
Six Tips To Talking
It helps if you:
Through the eyes of a child
Four short videos created by The Communication Trust to help parents encourage their children's communication development. Worth a look
Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
Breastfeed your baby, if you can
Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
Avoid letting your baby get too hot
Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding