Health and Children's Centres offer families with young children under the age of 5, a friendly place to go to access a range of activities and support services.
People who may help you from your local Health and Children's Centre are health visitors, family support practitioners and support and information officers.
Each centre runs a different timetable of activities (many are free to join) which may include:
- Child health clinics
- midwifery services
- various play sessions for children
- parenting support groups
- advice about money, training and employment
- child and family health support such as breastfeeding support groups
- outreach – bringing services to you.
Within Suffolk, our Health Visiting Teams are aligned with our Children’s Centres, providing a range of services to help you and your family stay safe, happy and healthy - for more details about our Health Visiting Teams go to the Health Visiting page.
What's on at my local Health and Children's Centre?
To see what's on and access services at your local Health and Children's Centre, please register:
Where's my nearest Health and Children's Centre?
If you have already registered online, you can find your nearest Health and Children's Centre and view their timetable of activities from the Suffolk Family Services Directory website. To search, use your postcode and select 'Children's Centres' from the drop down menu.
For further information
Many Health and children's centres have volunteering opportunities. Full support is given by children's centre staff including training. If you'd like to find out more, please contact your local children's centre.
Get involved with your Health and Children's Centre
Each Health and children’s centre has an advisory board group to enable parents to become involved in the development of its services. We need your thoughts, ideas and comments to help us support the needs of families and make an impact where you live. Contact your local centre if you would like to find out more.
For finding childcare and funded early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds please visit the childcare information and support for parents and providers page.
Early Learning Together (ELT) Service
Early Learning Together is a home or group based early education service for children who, for any reason need extra support to learn and develop. The service is for babies from six months until they start their free early education at either age two or three years.
Early Learning Together works in partnership with parents to build on their knowledge so they increase their confidence to support the needs of their child. For more details visit their Suffolk Infolink web page You can also download their flyer: Early-Learning-Together-for-Parents-flyer.pdf Or Early-Learning-Together-for-Professionals-flyer.pdf