Parents of children aged under five are being urged to become members of their local children’s centre, to make sure they know about all the help and advice that is available to give their child the best start in life.
There are 12 Children’s Centres across Swindon Borough, which provide a wide range of services to families. Becoming a member will ensure that parents are fully aware of what is available to them and will know where to go if they need advice or support.
The services available at all centres are:
Health and education services for parents, carers and their children from birth to four years of age
Support for families, including information and advice on parenting and child development
Free early education sessions and affordable full or part-time day care, either within the Children’s Centre building or at a local nursery
Help for families with a child who has special needs or a disability
Child and family health services including antenatal and postnatal care, breastfeeding support and speech and language therapy
Help with employment and training for parents through close links with Jobcentre Plus and colleges
Cllr Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Many parents know about the services at children’s centres and regularly make use of them, but there could be others who may feel they don’t need the services now.
“However, it’s important that they become members too, so that the centres can send them information in the years when they are eligible to use the centres, because it could remind them that help is available just when they might need it.”
The 12 centres in Swindon are run on behalf of the council by a variety of providers, such as charities or schools. Parents can find out more information and download a membership form at www.swindon.gov.uk/childrenscentres