Downham Market Children's Centre

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Our Children's Centres provide every child aged 0-8 living permanently or temporarily in the area access to the best possible health, education, care and family support services so that they and their parents can reach their full potential now and throughout their lives.

We work in partnership with all statutory, voluntary and community agencies delivering appropriate services to meet the needs of our families whilst embracing Norfolk's vision for Children's Centres.

Our services include Young Explorers stay & play sessions, Being 2 sessions, Bookstart Corner sessions (in house and outreach), Antenatal support, Baby & Me courses (with infant massage included), parenting programmes, healthy eating, and Family Learning through Norfolk Community Learning.

In addition we offer support for parents with adult learning and employment support. This may include language, literacy and numeracy support, access to volunteering opportunities as steps towards employment and links to Jobcentre Plus.

We welcome feedback from families and the wider community to inform our planning, delivery and evaluation of services we provide. To ensure that all services we deliver meet the best possible standards of quality, safeguarding and outcomes.

Useful links and resources:

  • Every local authority in the country has a Local Safeguarding Children Board in place, to make sure that children are protected from harm and that their welfare is promoted. If you have concerns about the safety of a child you can visit the Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board website.
  • Norfolk Family Information Service (FIS) offers guidance, advice and information on childcare to families with children age 0-19 (age 0-25 with additional needs). If families have issues that are affecting their wellbeing, we can signpost them to other support services and organisations. For more information, visit their website. We also offer advice and support to all childcare providers in Norfolk and other professionals and organisations.
  • SEND - The Local Offer will help you to find information about what universal, targeted and specialist provision is available for children and young people with SEND in Norfolk and how to access different types of services and support. For more information, click here.
  • Norfolk SEND Partnership offer information and advice to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Visit their website.