Sure Start Children's Centres across the city are for all families with children under 5. From the early days of pregnancy, through the pre-school years, and introduction to primary schools, your local Sure Start is there to help give your child the best start in life.
What’s on offer?
East Locality Children’s Centres offer lots of different services and activities including:
- Advice and support for all families including parent courses (usually with free crèche facilities)
- Health advice from Health Visitors and professionals including baby clinics (Family Points), breastfeeding support and weaning and nutritional advice
- Support for families with children with additional needs
- Information for parents who want to return to work or training
- A sign posting service to other support agencies.
Please see the 'Downloads' section on this page for the latest 'What's On' guide for the East Locality.
Sure Start has qualified play workers that work in the sessions such as Family point and Come and Play to support families by providing a good quality play environment. Young children learn and develop the most in these early years and from their families. Sure Start supports and works alongside families by providing opportunities and choices for children to initiate their own play in a secure and safe environment.
Sure Start works closely with the Development Team which is responsible for ensuring there is sufficient good quality childcare available for families to take their child’s funded entitlement to a nursery education place. We aim to ensure families are aware of what this entitlement is, and provide information for them to make a choice between childminders, nurseries and pre-schools and what is best for their child.
Health Visitors play a key role and often are one of the first services that new parents have contact with. In East Locality they offer support in conjunction with Sure Start by holding clinics at Family Point and Come and Play sessions and through a Family Support Worker supporting families in their own homes. In addition they liaise on a regular basis with the Sure Start Team to influence additional support that is needed for families.
Parents and carers are the most important people in a child’s life and will be the most knowledgeable about what the child needs. Sure Start is committed to involving parents at every stage in planning and evaluating services to ensure they are offering the best support for families. We value parents’ contributions and involve parents in a variety of ways, including volunteering opportunities, as well as with the planning and evaluation process. If you want your voice to be heard, have some good ideas, or want to get involved, please contact us.
Sure Start Townhill Park & Harefield, and Bitterne & Bitterne Park
Cutbush Children's Centre
023 8091 5480
Sure Start Weston and Woolston, Merryoak & Peartree
(On the same site as Weston Shore Infant School)
60 Foxcott Close
023 8043 7866
Sure Start Thornhill and Sholing
(On the same site as Thornhill Primary School)
023 8091 7633
Email us: SureStartEastLocality@Southampton.gov.uk