As I am sure you all know, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet made the decision to stop offering Sure Start children’s centre provision across Surrey. Changes are taking place at different times across the different districts and boroughs.
Across the borough of Guildford, Sure Start provision will cease on 24th July 2019. This means that most universal services such as “Play and Learn” and “Baby Groups” will stop. Parents can use the Family Information Directory to find universal and other services, support groups, activities and more.
When the Sure Start centres and provision stops the new Family Centres will open. Guildford Nursery School is leading and managing provision across the borough. Whilst there will be very little universal provision there will be some groups and services running for target groups. There will also be family support and home visits for referred families living across the borough.
The newly set up Family Centres are located as follows:-
Guildford Nursery School (Hazel Avenue) – open weekdays, all year round from 8am – 6pm
Ash Grange Primary School – open weekdays during term time from 9am – 12 noon
The Spinney – open weekdays during term time plus some school holiday time from 9am – 4pm
Until 24th July please continue to contact your local Sure Start Centre for information and advice. From 25th July please call 01483 566589 or check the website to find out more.
The last Play and Learn sessions, Bubbles Baby Sensory and Parent Cafe will be week commencing 15th July and there will be one final Summer event at St Paul's on Tuesday 30th July - Farm Fun - from 9.45-11.15 - all welcome.
A reminder that we now run a Parent Cafe each week. This is a Drop-in session and does not require booking.
There will be a 10 week Parenting Puzzle course possiby starting in September 19 at St. Paul's Children's Centre.
Please call the office to express your interest.
Alternatively please look at www.farnhamparenting.org for courses available in Farnham from May If you are interested in these, please enquire at the office, when we can discuss the possibility of funding your place. There is also fantastic video which gives the benefits one family experienced by attending the course.
123 Magic - Please call to enquire.
HENRY - Please call the office to express your interest in future courses
123 Magic for TEENS - Please call the office to express your interest in future courses
New Support Service:
Postnatal Depression Support Group available on Wednesdays from September. Please call the office to book a space.
School Inset days:
The Children's Centre is open as usual.