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Children's centres

Plymouth children's centres

Children's centres act as the hub for community-based services for all families during pregnancy, birth and until the child is five years old.

In April 2013 the Department for Education published guidance on what should be delivered and clarified the need to:

  • Secure enough children's centres for all families with young children
  • Offer evidence-based support for those families most in need.

The guidance is also clear that health services and Job Centre Plus should work with the council to ensure families can access all the early childhood services they need through children's centres.

We know children's centres are important to local families and the council and our partners are committed to continuing to deliver an excellent service. The offer through the centres will continue to:

  • Prepare children for school
  • Support parents and their ability to meet their responsibilities
  • Provide parents with opportunities to develop personal skills, education and get work
  • Develop healthy lifestyles for children
  • Support parents to keep their children safe
  • Help children to reach their full potential and reduce inequality in their health and development

About children's centres

The Government intends that the provision of good quality integrated services should have a broad and lasting impact on children, their parents and the wider community. children's centres will contribute towards the Government's commitment to:

  • The best start in life for every child
  • Better opportunities for parents
  • Affordable, good quality childcare
  • Stronger and safer communities

Children's centres can offer you a range of activities such as:

  • Childcare
  • Play time
  • Drop-ins
  • Health support
  • Training
  • Employment support

Centres also work directly with families.

There are currently 16 operational children's centres in Plymouth. For further information on each children's centre please see their individual pages.

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