Sure Start children's centres in Northumberland

Find out about more about Sure Start children's centres in Northumberland and where to find your nearest centre.

Sure Start Children’s Centres aim is to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life. They are a focal point across communities in Northumberland, where families with children under five can access services and information they need.

We also act as a community resource/delivery point  for a broad range of services to support children, young people and families, such as Midwifery, Health Visiting, Early Help Family Workers, Parent Forums, Birth Registrar and Community Groups.

For more information about our centres click on the drop down boxes below.
Sure Start promotes the physical, intellectual, and social development of babies and young children so they can thrive at home and at school. This is achieved by offering support and development activities  to families, and coordinating a range of  services for children under five.
 
Sure Start Children’s Centres:
  • provide Learning Together Through Play sessions for mums, dad, carers, and their children
  • provide opportunities for families to develop new skills
  • offer outreach and home visiting, and services for children and parents who need it through the ‘early help’ process
  • provide early learning opportunities for pre-school children. 
The Sure Start Children’s Centres offer universal and targeted services to families with children under the age of five. The Prevention and Intervention Pathway sets out our offer and can be used to identify what help may be needed.

You can find out more about when groups are taking place by contacting your local centre.

Intervention and Prevention Parthway
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Universal Offer
Across all Children’s Centre areas  in Northumberland, there are Learning Together Through Play sessions. These are drop-in fun activity sessions focusing on a number of important subjects, such as speech, communication, importance of play and school readiness. 
 
Learning Together Through Play is offered each week from all our Children’s Centres and outreach bases in Northumberland. Sessions are delivered by qualified Early Years Practitioners who plan a range of high quality play experiences for families to enjoy together.
 
Support for children and families with Additonal Needs and Disabilities (AND)
Early Years Practitioners are on hand to facilitate play activities to suit all children’s needs. Our staff are trained in the use of sensory equipment, portage, speech and language strategies, and much more. We welcome children with Additonal Needs and disabilites and emerging needs at all our groups and courses, and we will work alongside families to ensure children get the best experience possible.
 
Children’s Centres also carry out a range of work in the local community including:
Health clinic visits, community events, Facebook campaigns, child safety roadshows, check in calls and community engagement activities.
 

Prevention Offer
The prevention offer is a range of programmes to target particular areas of development for children, and also delivered by Early Years Practitioners: 
 
  • Brilliant Babies  
A 6 week programme assisting parents knowledge in giving their baby the best start in life. Parents and babies will have the opportunity to take part in lots of fun activities focused on very early development 
  • Tiny Talkers
A 6 week unique and exciting language programme is designed to enable parents to support their child’s early attempts to communicate. Parents  will enjoy a wide range of themed sessions which their child, developed to promote early communication skills
  • Great Expectations
A 6 week programme assisting parents to understand their toddler’s development and needs,  and find out how to support them to learn and grow, with some important tips for this stage . Sessions are a great way to prepare your child for nursery.
  • Parent Plus
This service is delivered jointly with Early Help Family Workers to assist families who are experiencing challenges which are a little harder to overcome. The content varies across the localities and is adapted to meet the particular needs of individual families referred.

Intervention offer
The Intervention offer is primarily delivered by Early Help Family Worker Teams who complete specialist training to deliver the following evidence based Intervention programmes:
  • HENRY
An 8 week course designed to help parents give their children the healthiest start and future. Sessions cover parenting confidence, physical activity, what we eat, lifestyle habits and enjoying life as a family. Parents receive a free toolkit to help them to maintain changes
  • Incredible Years
A 12 week evidence based parenting programme aimed at giving parents the tools and knowledge to manage everyday parenting situations. The group provides a supporting and nurturing space for parents to meet other parents and carers, discuss concerns and learn new skills
  • Freedom Programme
A 12 week programme for women who wish to learn more about the reality of domestic violence/abuse and how it affects them and their children 
  • Recovery Toolkit
A 12 week programme for women who have left an abusive relationship.  The programme is based on a psycho educational model which aims to provide women who have experienced domestic abuse with the resources to maximise their own potential

Remote / Virtual/Digital options are also  available for groups and services using a range of options to suit your needs  including: workbooks, handouts, video logs, two-way video calling, one-way video calling and home learning packs.

Anyone who cares for or is expecting a child can register to use our Children's Centres. You can register online below or visit your nearest Children's Centre or if you are receiving visits from your Health Visitor they can assist with completing the Registration Form.
 
We'll ask for your contact details and your child's details.  If you are pregnant, let us know so we can keep you informed of courses or sessions that may be of interest to you.
 
Click here to register online
 
To access the Prevention and Intervention offer a ‘Request for Services’ Form must be completed the following is required:

  • Families will need to be registered with a Children’s Centre
  • Families must consent to the referral 
  • Referrers, in consultation with the family,  should select the most appropriate service to meet the families needs. Individual referrals are to be completed  for each service when more than one service is needed. 

Click here to request a service

Everyone working for the Early Help Team and Children's Centres service has a legal duty to keep and process information about you in accordance with the law.

We use information about children and families aged 0-19 years to enable us to carry out specific functions for which we are responsible and to provide you with a service.

We have a Privacy Notice which explains why we ask for your personal information, how that information will be used and how you can access your records.

Click here to view our Sure Start Children’s Centre Privacy Notice.

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Contact us

North Locality (Berwick, Wooler, Alnwick)
Main Address: Berwick Children’s Centre, Ladywell Place, Tweedmouth, TD15 2AE
Main Contact: 01670 620 461
www.northchildrenscentres.org.uk
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Central Locality (Ashington, Bedlington, Morpeth)
Main Address: Ashington Children’s Centre, Alexandra Road, Ashington, NE63 9EF
Main Contact: 01670 819988
www.centralnorthumberlandchildrenscentres.org
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South East Locality (Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Valley)
Main Address: Blyth Central Children’s Centre, 103 Wright Street, Blyth, NE24 1HG
Main Contact: 01670 798800
www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/blyth-valley-childrens-centre
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West Locality (Hexham, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Haltwhistle, Bellingham)
Main Address: Hexham Children’s Centre, Beaufront Avenue, Hexham, NE46 1JD
Main Contact: 01434 601698
westchildrenscentres.org.uk
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Parent Champions
Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents about the local services available to them. The Parent Champions programme is based on the idea that parents are the best people to support other parents to find out about services. By sharing their own experiences of using a local service for their children, Parent Champions can build trust with other parents, put to ease any worries parents may have and encourage parents to make the best of the help available to them and their children.

Volunteering
Volunteer opportunities are available at some of our Children’s Centres.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your local Children’s Centre to find out more.