Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start


Welcome to Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start!

Our Children's centres play an essential role in giving children and families the early support they need.

About Us

Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start is funded by the Department of Education through the Northern Childcare Partnership and provides a range of services to children from pre-birth up to four years and their families. Services consist of both individual and group support covering eleven electoral wards across Ballymena & Antrim. Services are provided from 3 Centre bases across the localities, within the home setting or through outreach activities to local pre-school, Church and Community settings.

The project comprises a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team and works in close partnership with a range of local Statutory, Voluntary and Community service providers to provide a needs led approach to the delivery of services in the area. 

Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start is a Partnership project with Action for Children as the Lead body and the NHSCT as Accountable body.

Opening times

The project has three centre bases supporting the delivery of services in the designated ward areas in Ballymena & Antrim. The Centre opening hours are from 9am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Services we provide 

Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start offers a wide range of interesting courses, events, and longer term groups including the opportunity to have services in your own home. These include Health, Play & Learning and Family Support Services.

  • Introductory visits to new birth families
  • Active Antental Programmes including Yoga & Aquanatal
  • Bumps to Babies Birth & Labour preparation classes
  • Breast feeding group
  • Infant Massage classes
  • Baby Yoga
  • Baby Reflexology
  • Health Visitor drop-in clinic
  • Weaning sessions
  • Sleep clinic/advice sessions
  • Infant resuscitation classes
  • Physical activity for children – Baby & Toddler Swim, Music & Movement
  • Physical activity for adult-including exercise classes & Choose to Lose Programme
  • Cookery & Family Budgeting Programmes
  • Dental Health Promotion events
  • SureStart Developmental Programme for 2-3 Year olds
  • Speech & Language Therapy services-including Baby Sign, Let’s Talk Programme & Boosting Babble & Banter sessions
  • Toy and Book Library Van
  • Home Play Programmes tailored to the individual child
  • Book StartEevents
  • My Family book – Adult literacy based programme
  • Home safety and accident prevention programmes
  • Parenting Programmes- including Incredible Years; Incredible Babies & Family Links Nurturing
  • Family Men group
  • Little Acorns monthly support group for parents and children with additional needs or disability
  • Sensory Explorer Play sessions
  • Precious Moments Respite Crèche
  • Budgeting and benefit advice
  • Family fun and activity days
  • International group 

What happens once I register with Sure Start?

Once you register with Sure Start you will receive a timetable of programmes and events. If you are interested in any programme our team will register your interest and a member of staff will be in contact.

Address & Contact Numbers 

Ballykeel Business Centre

18 Crebilly Road


BT42 4DN



St Joseph's Early Years Centre

90 Doury Road


BT43 6JE


Farranshane House

1 Ballygore Road


BT41 2RN