Children and Family Centres, and works with private, voluntary and independent Early Years providers in the borough.

The Children and Family Centres are open to all families although our services are targeted at families with children aged 0-5 and expectant parents.

Aims

Family Support


Children and Family Centres, and works with private, voluntary, and independent Early Years providers in the borough.

The Children and Family Centres are open to all families although our services are targeted at families with children aged 0-5 and expectant parents.

Aims

  • Support families with children aged under 18 by offering quality targeted parenting courses and one-to-one family support.
  • Provide impartial information, advice, and support for parents of children with special educational needs.
  • Provide impartial information and advice for all parents on their child's transition from primary school to secondary school.
  • Help all children make the most of their time at school by empowering parents, encouraging them to be enthusiastic and involved in their children’s education, and to continue their own education and training.

What We Offer


We offer a comprehensive range of courses and drop-in sessions for parents and their children through our Children and Family Centres, such as:

  • Support for those who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.
  • Parenting courses.
  • Baby massage.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Targeted support groups.
  • Midwives clinic, baby clinic, and breastfeeding support.


Our sessions are ideal for parents and their children aged under five focusing on child development, school preparation, family support and parenting, health and wellbeing and acquiring new skills.

Parenting And Family Support


There may be times when parents and families need extra support to deal with the challenges of family life.  

The Early Help service deals with problems that may arise at the earliest opportunity to prevent them from getting worse.

Support is also available to parents and carers through local parenting programs.


What Is A Parenting Programme?


Parenting courses give parents and carers an opportunity to:

  • meet other parents
  • Share ideas and concerns about being a parent
  • listen and learn from each other

Sessions are held weekly for two to three hours with trained group leaders.

The Lewisham parenting programs aim to:

  • increase knowledge and understanding of children’s development and needs
  • build positive relationships and improve behavior and communication
  • make parenting and family life more enjoyable
  • increase confidence and parenting skills
  • help parents to feel more positive and reduce parenting stress
  • develop new skills with practical support