Securing the best start in life for our children and young people

Improving Children and Family Centres

Waltham Forest Council

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Waltham Forest Council

Waltham Forest Council

Waltham Forest Council has delivered a new integrated Early Years model where Children and Family Centres work alongside health visitors and other specialist health support, such as an infant feeding service, to provide advice and support for parents and their children. Despite Government cuts to SureStart, the Council has also opened a new £1.9 million Children and Family Centre - The Junction. Working with the NHS and community organisations, the centre aims to bring together children and adult learning by providing childcare services, speech and language sessions, healthy eating advice and return to work routes for parents. This new model has greatly improved partnership working and seen the reach of the children’s centres increase, with the proportion of 0–4 year olds registered at a Children and Family Centre now standing at 80%.