A children’s centre is somewhere local families with young children can go to enjoy facilities and receive any needed support. The facilities and activities that are offered are designed especially for parents who may be expecting a new baby, or for those with a child under the age of five.

Fully trained staff are able to deal with any specific needs a child may have, and they work alongside parents in order to ensure families are consistently supported. Children’s centres aim to improve outcomes for young children, ensuring they are happy, healthy and ready to begin school. Centres can provide help and support to children and young families whenever they need it, as well as helping to prevent any problems from developing in the future.

Children’s centres tend to operate in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, providing a wide range of services that are specifically tailored to the local conditions and needs. They can help children to become better at learning complex vocabulary, as well as increasing reasoning skills. Children can also learn to develop their intellectual and social skills with the help from children’s centres.

Becoming a parent can be one of the happiest and most challenging moments in anyone’s life. Though it can be a time that brings fantastic memories, it can also be extremely daunting for some, especially first time parents. Children’s centres play a vital role here, as parents have somewhere they are able to go in order to talk to professionals and other parents.

Children’s centres are able to provide a happy, relaxed and non-judgemental place to seek advice and see what facilities and activities are available. Parents are able to build support networks from early on through children’s centres, with more thorough support being offered further down the line if it’s needed.

With help from professionals and strong social networks, parents, both new and old, are able to deal with whatever life brings them. In short, children’s centres offer:

  • Early Years provision
  • Family support and parental outreach
  • Child and family health services
  • Parental involvement
  • Links to Job Centre Plus
  • And more

Here at The Academy, we know the importance of children’s centres, which is why we offer a number of courses relating directly to childcare and working with parents. If you would like to make a difference within your community, you can take a look at our qualifications here. For more information, you can get in touch by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 0300 300 8131.