Family Support

Our Family Support Service is available to all families and our Family Support Workers' are
here to support families 
in their role as parents.

This could involve:

A new baby visit, which are available when your baby is between 4-6 weeks of age, to introduce the range of Sure Start activities on offer in the area.
Advice and ideas on your child's needs and/or development. Such as sleep, healthy eating, safety, toilet training, routines, behaviour and play activities.
Information about your nearest Children's Centre and help to access the activities, such as groups, training etc. Informal support during groups, like the Stay, Play & Learn and the Baby Play. Introduce you to other support in the community, where appropriate​.

How do I access Family Support:

Families can get involved by contacting our outreach staff and managers or via your Health Visitor or Midwife. A member of the team will then be allocated as your key worker where a home visit is arranged at a convenient time to draw up an agreement of any assistance required. A written record will be kept and reviewed throughout this support.
To receive a 'New Baby Visit' you can complete a welcome form and request a visit, via your Health Visitor who will complete a form from your Child Health record and send it to our Children's Centre.
If you would like to access this support, please contact:
Ashington Children's Centre

Bedlington Children's Centre

Morpeth Children's Centre

Newbiggin Children's Centre
Central Locality Sure Start Children's Centres are committed to providing all families with a new baby visit at their home or if more convenient at the Children's Centre, after receiving information of your baby's birth. Our Play Worker will contact you offering you a visit. This will last approximately 30 minutes when she will let you know how the Children's Centres can be of assistance and the activities that happen inside them.  If you haven't already done so, you can complete our registration form so that we can add you to our database, keeping you up to date with any activities which are relevant to families with young babies.  She will talk about home safety, sleeping arrangements and other baby related information.
If you feel that you need to speak to a member of the team before then, please do not hesitate to ring your nearest Children's Centre.