Posted by Kat Heath on 23 May 2019

It has been publicised for some time now that our local Sure Start Centres have been under threat and unfortunately as from June both Meadow and St. Martins Sure Start Centres will be closing.

This is primarily due to local government cuts however it’s not all sad news for the future of our very much cherished Children’s Centres.

Under the New Families Resilience Model which is a scheme adopted by Surrey County Council Epsom Sure Start Centre (pound lane) and Riverview Sure Start Centre will remain open.

Across the County up to 31 of 58 centres have been forced to close with 21 remaining open.

Meaning that the centres that remain open will have to deal with a wider reach to accommodate the families of Surrey.

Emma Smith, Executive Head of Epsom Primary which is home to Epsom Sure Start Centre explains ‘The next few months will be challenging.’

With double the reach but only a third of the budget to keep the Sure Start Centres functioning this certainly will be a challenge however Emma remains optimistic.
“We are very creative in finding ways to continue to meet the very complex needs of our community without letting barriers get in the way.”

Under the new government led model all centres will cater for 0-11year olds instead of just up to fives.
There will be additional satellite centres and a mobile centre also in place. Outreach work will be priority reaching out to a broader area between boroughs.

Epsom Sure Start Centre will work closely alongside Riverview Sure Start which will also remain open, ensuring they are offering a wide range of support for the families of Epsom and Ewell.

Below is the new revised timetable for both Epsom Sure Start Centre and Riverview. Please note these centres are also open throughout the holiday time as well as term time.

EPSOM SURE START: Epsom Primary, Pound Lane.

Parent craft. 9.45am-12noon
A course to help families adapt to parenthood. Book through midwife or health visitor from July 2019

Bumps & Babies. 1pm-2.30pm (£1)
For Babies up to 1year. A lovely group to meet other mums. Breastfeeding support available. (Throughout the week also)

Midwives Clinic. 1.30-3.30pm
Booked through midwife.

ParentPuzzle. 9.45am-11.45am
A ten week course which helps you with various challenges regarding parenting. In particular regards to behaviour and understanding your child’s behaviour and how to tackle challenges faced as a parent.

Free crèche available. Booking Essential.

Stay & Play. 9am-10.30am (£1)
For 0-5yrs. Including a refreshment.
27 Month Reviews. 12.30-2.30pm
Booked through 0-19 team.<

New Support Group. (AM) (£1)
For parents and carers of children with additional needs.
English Language Support. 2pm-3pm
Educational help for those who need English language support. Term time only.

Maternal Emotional Wellbeing Group. (AM)
Referred by NHS Surrey & Borders team.

Outreach Drop In. 1.30pm-3.30pm
For parents and careers struggling with stress or coping.

Additional services:
Breast Pump Hire
Healthy Start Vitamins from £1
Breastfeeding support daily.
Empowering Families contact:
Claudia 07597804366

RIVERVIEW SURE START CENTRE: Riverview Primary, Riverview. West Ewell.
020 8337 7310

Play & Learn. 9.30-11am (£1)
Fun and play for children 0-5years. Snack provided.

Information & advice appointment. 9.30-10.30am

Termtime only. Call centre to book.

Child Health Clinic. 12.30-2.15pm
A clinic run by Health Visiting team and health professionals. For advice on development and baby weighing.

6-8 week reviews. 12.30-2.30pm<
Pre booked appointment through Health Visiting team. 01372 723449

27 Month Reviews. 9.30am-11.30am
Pre booked appointment through Health Visiting team.

Family Fun Session @ The Edge Youth Centre.<
For 0-11 year olds living on Watersedge.

Little Buttons Baby Group. 10-11.30am
A baby group for babies from birth to walking.
Breastfeeding support available also.

Perinatal Health Group.
A group for pregnant mums and mothers of babies up to a year.
Booking essential.

Children’s Yoga. 1.30-2.30pm. ( £5 for course)
Running from 6th June-27th June.
Booking essential.

Power Group. 10.30am-11.30am<
For pregnant mums who maybe experiencing anxiety or depression.
Call 01483 906392 to book. (Run by talking therapies)

Courses at Riverview.
ParentPuzzle. 9.45am-12.45am
Booking essential. Call 020 8337 7310 to book.

First Aid. 12.30pm-2.30pm
Caring for your child in an emergency. 4 week course. Call 020 8337 7310 to book.

Building Opportunities @ The Edge Youth Club. 9.30am-11.30am
Build confidence for returning to work. Claudia from Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership will be on hand to give advice alongside Jane, a play specialist from the Riverview Sure Start team to play alongside your little one.
Booking essential. Call 020 8337 7310 to book.

Additional services include:
Breastfeeding support daily.
Information and support for your family.

Please utilise these great centres.

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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