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News and Updates

  

Holiday Closures

 All our centres will be closed on the following Bank Holidays :  Monday 26th December 2016, Tuesday 27th December 2016, and Monday 2nd January 2016. Please do check with your local centre regarding events running between these dates.

 


 

Elf School

at Sydney House Stay and Play, Langham Drive, Clacton


Monday 19th December 2016, 10.00am-11.30am


For children under the age of 5 with a parent/carer
Join in the Christmas fun activities including elf-baking, elf crafts and an elf graduation ceremony. Dress up if you want to!
Telephone: 01255 479386

  


 

 

 Virgin Care and Barnardo's win Essex County Council contract

Essex County Council carried out a consultation in early 2016 as part of a review of how it provides services from pre-birth up to the ages of 19.

At the heart of the model is a ‘Family Hub' which would operate from 12 locations (one per district) - co-ordinating support for children and families across the district. Family Hubs would be supported by a range of delivery sites and by an even wider range of localised outreach centres.

On 17th November 2016 the Council announced it has made a provisional decision to award a 7-year contract to run these services to Virgin Care in partnership with Barnardo's.

The new service will combine a range of existing services from April 2017, including the Healthy Child Programme, Healthy Schools, Family Nurse Partnership and children’s centres.

More information about this from us in due course. Click here for the Essex County Council press release. 

 

 


 

 

 Little Hands Winter Newsletter 2016

The Winter 2016 Newsletter from the Little Hands Centre in Colchester is now available. click here to read it (opens as a PDF in a new window)

 


 

 Christmas Craft

Come and join us for some arts and crafts fun

Saturday 3rd December 10.30 – 12noon

Main Hall, Greenstead Community Centre, Colchester

No need to book, just come along!

 


 Managing Behaviour Course at 

Beehive Children's Centre

 Understand the best way of dealing with your child's anger. Find out about assertive behaviour and the advantages of this. Look at effective ways to tackle sibling rivalry.

Starting 16th September 2016 for 6 weeks from 12:45pm to 2:45pm

To enrol please call : 0345 603 7635 or enrol at the Beehive Centre on 01206 854920 or 07505 665095.

For more details speak to the centre's office staff.

 


   

Proposed changes to Sure Start Children's Centres in Essex

Essex County Council carried out a consultation in early 2016 as part of a review of how it provides services from pre-birth up to the ages of 19.

At the heart of the model is a ‘Family Hub' which would operate from 12 locations (one per district) - co-ordinating support for children and families across the district. Family Hubs would be supported by a range of delivery sites and by an even wider range of localised outreach centres.

More details about these changes are expected in November 2016. 

 


  

We have had our sixth Ofsted inspection!!!
Please click here for the Ofsted report for Little Hands Children's Centre.
Please click here for the Ofsted report for Windmill Children's Centre.
Please click here for the Ofsted report for Beehive Children's Centre.
Please click here for the Ofsted report for Rainbow Children's Centre.

Please click here for the Ofsted report for Highwoods Children's Centre.
Please
click here to read the Ofsted report for New Town Children's Centre.
Please
click here to read the Ofsted report for St Annes & Castle Children's Centre.

Please click here to read the Ofsted report for Shrub End Children's Centre.
Please
click here to read the Ofsted report for Berechurch Children's Centre. 
Please
click here to read the Ofsted report Greenstead Children's Centre.


  • Baby massage courses run throughout the year. Please contact your local centre to find out more.
  • If you are pregnant or have a child less than four years of age, you could get Healthy Start vouchers. Please click here for more information. 
  • Lone Parent? Need some help returning to work? Please click here for more information.
  • New support for families with someone in prison. Click here.

 

 

 


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