Sure Start Children's Centres

What a children’s centre is, how they can help, register with a centre, find your nearest and see what’s happening there, parenting advice and the family nurturing programme.

You can find your nearest Sure Start centre and its available activities online:

What is a Sure Start Children's Centre?

Having children can be great fun, but being a parent or carer is often one of the toughest jobs around.

Sure Start Children's Centres are designed as a 'one-stop-shop' to provide opportunities for local families with children under eight to find support and advice, share new play and learning experiences together, relax and unwind and meet new friends. 

Please see the Children's Centre prospectus below to find out more information about what Children's Centres do and who they are:

Children's Centre Prospectus (pdf 4mb)

What is a Children's Centre (pdf 380kb)

How can they help me and my children?

Sometimes you may feel you need a little extra help. This may be emotional support to help you through the challenges of family life or even someone to provide a helping hand attending appointments or groups. 

Sure Start Children's Centres can offer one-to-one family support through their home visiting teams, or you can find a variety of sessions within the Sure Start Children's Centres including:

  • preparing for the birth of your baby
  • budgeting, benefits, training, childcare and Jobcentre plus
  • emotional support
  • child development - behaviour management, introduction to solid food, toilet training and sleep
  • parenting courses and advice
  • home safety information
  • play sessions.

How can I register with my local Sure Start Children’s Centre?

To register with your local children's centre please complete the Children's Centre Registration Form below:

Children's Centre Registration Form (pdf 66kb)

You can also call your local children's centre or visit for more information:

Find my nearest Sure Start Children's Centre

If you feel your family could benefit from further support from the children's centre you can refer as a parent or a professional by completing a Request for Service form below and return to your local children's centre:

Request for Service 0 - 9 years (word 783kb)

Where is my nearest Sure Start Children's Centre and what is happening there?

You can find details for all 17 of the East Riding's Sure Start Children's Centres using our centre finder:

Find my nearest Sure Start Children's Centre

Update regarding the new Build at Bridlington 2 Children's Centre

We are sorry to inform you there have been some delays with the building work at the new 'Bridlington Family Centre' at the Hilderthorpe site, therefore children's centre sessions as planned in our Winter/Spring programme 2019 at the Family Centre, will not be starting back after February half term. 

We intend the children's centre sessions to now start after the Easter Holidays at the new Bridlington Family Centre.  

To keep up to date with what is happening at your Sure Start Children's Centre, you can read their spring/summer programme 2019. To access the programme for each day, find your Sure Start Children's Centre and click on "What's on". 

Please note: the Children's Centre at Butts Close remains open as usual and children's centre staff are able to be contacted there on:

Tel: 01262 409596

Where can I get help with parenting advice?

Sure Start Children's Centres can help you with many aspects of parenting and are there to offer advice and support in different ways to suit your needs. It could be through an informal chat with a family support worker or by attending the Family Links Nurturing Programme.

Some schools are also able to offer the Family Links Nurturing Programme.

What is the Family Links Nurturing Programme?

The Family Links Nurturing Programme is a universal programme designed for families of children aged 2 -11 years. It aims to build emotional literacy in adults and children by supporting positive parenting and exploring the emotional needs behind behaviour.

The Family Links Nurturing Programme is 10-week group-based programme and the learning methods include following the 'Parenting Puzzle' handbook, the use of role-play and sharing of experiences.  

The model is built around four core elements:

  • self-awareness and self-esteem
  • appropriate expectations
  • positive discipline
  • empathy.

The programme covers communication, effective strategies, behaviour management and encourages adults to take time to look after themselves.

To find out more about the Family Links Nurturing Programme please contact your local children’s centre.

Which Children’s Centres have been awarded The Portage Stamp of Approval?

Portage is a home visiting early educational service for families who have a baby or young child (0-5 years) with additional needs. Portage workers work in partnership with parents to help them to teach their child new skills. Referrals are received through the Early Years Support Panel or directly from parents.

The National Portage Association Stamp of Approval Scheme is an award that formally recognises and acknowledges inclusive settings that work in partnership with parents and ensure high-quality provision for children with additional needs.

For more information about the National Portage Association and the Stamp of Approval visit the Portage hub on the NPA website.

The Stamp of Approval - the Portage hub (external website) 

The Following Children’s Centres have received the Portage Stamp of Approval:

What is the Baby Friendly Accreditation?

East Riding Children's Centres achieved Stage 2 Baby Friendly Accreditation in February 2016 and are working towards stage 3 (full accreditation) which will mean our Children's Centres are Baby Friendly.

Baby Friendly awards are based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services. These are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support optimum health and development.

Facilities implement the standards in stages over a number of years. At each stage, they are externally assessed by UNICEF UK. When all the stages are passed they are accredited as baby friendly. Award tables are kept to let the public know how facilities are progressing. 

Stage 2 means that East Riding Children's Centres have policies and procedures in place and all staff are trained to offer information and support to family's on feeding and caring for their babies.

More information can be found on The Baby Friendly Initiative website.

What is the Healthy Weight Service?

The Healthy Weight Service is about helping families with young children to adopt healthier lifestyles, this can be through individual help and support, group sessions or through short Let's get healthy parent education programmes.

The Healthy Weight Service for Families aims to:

  • increase parents knowledge about healthy weight and keeping their infants, children and themselves happy  
  • increase parents confidence to make changes to improve their health and maintain a healthy weight
  • make the healthy choice, the easy choice for expectant and new parents in the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • encourage increased adoption of healthy behaviours, specifically increased physical activity, healthier eating and smoking cessation in pregnancy and beyond
  • increase social capacity in local communities for example, via the Breast Buddy and Peer Support initiatives.

Locations covered

The Healthy Weight Service is currently offered at Beverley, Bridlington, Goole and Withernsea Children's Centres.  

Please contact one of the centres for more information:

Find my nearest Sure Start Children's Centre