A Children’s Centre the whole family can count on

As you may already know, there will be changes this year to Surrey Children’s Centres and how Surrey County Council supports families.

Surrey County Council’s new model will focus its resources on helping the families most in need of support, which means that a number of the existing Children’s Centres will close and others will become ‘Family Centres’. Surrey County Council will no longer provide universal services, that is services accessible to all families, at Family Centres. However, other organisations – such as health visitors – may offer these services at the Centres and/or at other community venues.

You can use the Family Information Directory to find universal services and other services, support groups, activities, events and more.

The changes will take place at different times across Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs, so to make sure that families can find out what is happening in their area the district and borough pages on the Family Information Service website will be regularly updated from April. They will provide information about when current activities offered at Children’s Centres will close and where Family Centres will open.

In addition there is a new page on the website which provides information about the final proposals that were agreed by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, and includes a link to the results of the consultation that was undertaken to get views and suggestions on the draft proposals.

Steppingstones currently remains open Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 3.00pm, for information and advice and for some limited activities: please see our current timetable for details. You can also keep up-to-date with our ‘Announcements’ section, to the right hand side of this page and/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Kind regards,

The Steppingstones Team

At Steppingstones we understand that difference and diversity are to be respected and celebrated and we welcome all families regardless of ability, age, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

 

Announcements

IMPORTANT NOTICE!! Sadly, all of our universal services have now FINISHED pending the Centre’s closure on WEDNESDAY 24th JULY 2019. We are currently still open for advice and information, Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm; please do pop in and see us!

BABY CAFE continues on THURSDAYS during August at Dovers Green Children’s Centre – please see our digital timetable for details. From 11th September 2019 Baby Café will revert to Wednesdays during term time, 10am – 12 noon, with a new venue – the upstairs foyer at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill!

ONE STEP AT A TIME: holiday sessions of this popular group for families with children under 5 who have additional needs and/or disabilities on TUESDAYS from 30th July, 10am – 11.30am, at Welcare (Redhill Children’s Centre): full details on our digital timetable.

CHILD HEALTH DROP-IN CLINICS: for details on clinic locations, dates and times please follow this link Child Health Drop-in Clinics or call the health team’s advice line on 01883 340922.

To help with the transition of the Centre closure, we have put together a list of some of the local playgroups available to you. We hope you enjoy trying out some new places! Local Playgroups Info

 

Important Notice! Please see the attached notification regarding ‘Operation Encompass’, which is relevant to ALL families accessing the Centre: Operation Encompass Information Letter.