Sure Start Children's Centres

What is Sure Start?

Sure Start Children's Centres are there to ensure that every child receives the best start in life.  They provide a wide range of services for very young children and parents, including:

  • healthcare – e.g. advice on breastfeeding, home safety advice, language therapy
  • early education – e.g. early learning and childcare. Although childcare is not offered in all Sure Start centres, those in the most deprived areas do have access to regular childcare.
  • childcare
  • family support – e.g. advice on parenting, help with accessing other services such as jobseekers

There are approximately 3500 Sure Start Children's Centres in the UK.

What is their role in Child Accident Prevention?

As Sure Start Children's Centres have a commitment to health, they also provide safety advice and guidance for parents, to help them understand the value of making their home safe. Many Sure Start Children's Centres offer home visits and outreach to give parents tailored advice on keeping their children safe in the home.

Sure Start Children's Centres also provide a vital role as a ‘hub’ service. Parents visit for many different reasons, and receive a wide variety of support and help. Because of their direct link to parents, Sure Start Children's Centres are an excellent tool through which to promote current safety initiatives.

More about Sure Start

Find out more about Sure Start Children’s Centres .

Find your local Sure Start Children’s Centre.

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Updated May 2011