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Our Partners

We work closely with our partners to provide services for local families and have agreements in place to support our work together.  If you wish to speak to someone about a service that is run by one of our partners, please ask a member of the Children’s Centre staff who will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.  If you have a complaint about a partner led service, please direct this in the first instance to the Children’s Centre as per our Complaints Policy.  Your complaint will then be directed to the appropriate partner who will follow their own relevant Policies and Procedures.

Early Years settings

These include nursery schools, pre-schools and day nurseries as well as registered childminders (see below).  We have good links with the early years settings within our catchment area, and we regularly meet with settings to share good practice and joint training.  All of our settings offer funded early years education for 3 and 4 year olds and some offer funded places for eligible 2 year olds.


Childminders offer a home-from-home childcare setting, looking after small groups of children of different ages and from different families.  In England, registered childminders are inspected by Ofsted, who ensure that childminders provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that they care for.  Childminders work to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

Some childminders are approved to offer funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds so that a child’s early years’ education can be provided with a childminder.  Please check with individual childminders to find out if they are able to offer this.

Toddler Groups

A toddler group is an informal session, often operating in community centres and church halls, where parents/carers and their children can go to have fun and meet new people. Parents and carers remain with, and are responsible for, their children throughout the session

Toddler groups are usually run by volunteers and they are an essential part of the local community.

Specialist Support Groups

We work with a number of organisations who offer bespoke support for families for a variety of reasons.  This may be breastfeeding support in one of our breastfeeding support groups or a specialist group in relation to a specific area of child development.  Please see our What’s On page for more information.


Our Community Midwife Team offer a full range of antenatal services, parent education, birthing at home and postnatal care locally.  Some antenatal appointments are held at Strawberry Fields Children’s Centre and St Nicholas and Martins Wood Children’s Centre – speak to your Community Midwife for further information.

An infant feeding co-ordinator from the midwifery team runs an antenatal breastfeeding support and advice session once a month at St Nicholas and Martins Wood Children’s Centre – for more information telephone St Nicholas and Martins Wood Children’s Centre 01438 317625.

Health Visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses with a specialist qualification in family health and health promotion for families with young children.  The health visiting team will also include nursery nurses whose skills complement those of the health visitor.  We work very closely with our local health visiting team who run services – including child health clinics, breastfeeding support and 2 year development checks – from our children’s centres alongside children’s centre staff.


We have trained volunteers who play an important role within our Children’s Centres.  Volunteers work with our staff in a range of activities including breastfeeding support groups, baby clinic and play sessions.  Some of our volunteers have gone on to gain employment or take up studying after volunteering with us.  If you are interested in finding out more, please speak to a member of staff.

Adult and family learning

We work with a number of organisations who provide learning opportunities for families.  This may be in the form of a workshop or course or may be through an activity we run in line with a national campaign.

Employment support / Financial information and advice

Our children’s centres work with several agencies who can support families with benefits advice and returning to work.

Private providers

We work with a small number of private providers who are helping us to reach our Core Offer.