Help in a crisis during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may have to be changes in the way some of our services work. Please contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
If you need help in a mental health crisis during Coronavirus pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your your GP or visit NHS 111.
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe blood loss, serious burns, suspected stroke.
Children's Centre Services
Our Children's Centres have a range of services for families with children aged 0-5 years old who live in Nottinghamshire. Some of these are at our purpose built centres, but many take place in community venues, parks and in the home.
Our staff have expertise in family support, developing parenting skills, promoting health and wellbeing, early years development, community development, communication and language and supporting adults back to work. Children's Centres work with partner agencies to ensure we support families in whatever area they need.
Each Children's Centre group has its own programme of weekly activities, home visiting schemes and other services which vary according to the needs of their local area. The service is paid for by Nottinghamshire County Council.
You can read about how our services have helped other families in our collection of stories [pdf] 10MB.
The service has recently revised how it measures its performance to become more about the outcomes for parents and children following the intervention of the service, rather than the numbers seen. The first report celebrating the impact of the service in this new format has been published showcasing the work from September 2018, when the new way of working started, to March 2019. Read our Impact report pdf [pdf] 4MB Impact report.
You can ask for help by speaking to one of the Children’s Centre staff team, calling the centre or completing a service request form. These are available from the Children’s Centre.
Accessing our services
Any parent to be or with a child under 5 can attend their local Children’s Centre’s:
- Breastfeeding support group
- Under ones' group
- Stay and play group for under 5s
These groups are led by volunteers and supported by Children’s Centre staff.
Children’s Centres can also offer one to one or group support with:
- the emotional health of you or your child
- playing with your child
- children’s behaviour
- domestic abuse
- children’s development, including listening and communication
- feeding your child
- increasing your confidence and help to get a job
- preparing for a baby
We can give you information about other services, and our groups are a great place to meet other parents and carers with young children. There are also lots of volunteering opportunities - ask at your local Children's Centre to find out more or go to our volunteering page.
Information for professionals
Introducing Children’s Centre Services in Nottinghamshire
There are 58 Children’s Centre areas that are in 18 groups or clusters. Each cluster is led by a children’s centre cordinator. Each of the 7 districts is led by a service manager. You can find their contact details here [pdf] 122KB
The service is commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council to provide early intervention and targeted services for parents to be and families with children under five years. Nottinghamshire’s Children’s Centre outcomes are focussed on the following:
- Children achieve a good level of development and are ready for school and are supported to close the attainment gap
- Parents are job ready with increased aspirations for themselves and their children
- Children and parents have improved health, emotional health and wellbeing
- The needs of children and their families are identified early and the risk of harm is prevented
Most services are delivered directly by Childrens Centre staff either in the home or at an accessible site as a 1-1 or group. Some will be delivered in partnership with other agencies or by agencies utilising the Children’s Centre sites such as further education, midwifery or childcare providers. The service is also complemented through the deployment of volunteers for the delivery of some universal services, such as Stay and Play groups for all under 5’s, and some specialist services, such as Footsteps –a perinatal volunteer led home visiting programme to help improve the well-being of those at risk of anxiety or depression.
The menu of interventions describes each targeted service offered by the Children's Centre and how the needs can be met. See the menu of Interventions here [pdf] 1MB.
How to refer
Any agency can refer a parent to be or a family with a child under five where there is a need in achieving the outcomes as described above. Self referrals are also accepted. A guide to levels of need is available on Nottinghamshire County Council’s Pathway to Provision. Agencies need to be explicit as to the needs that are unmet through either the utilisation of an existing whole family assessment such as an Early Help Assessment Form or an E-referral if on SystmOne which references the latest assessment that identifies the needs and the proposed action required from the Childrens Centre service. Secure email is the preferred method.
- Referrals from social care and the family service – use the service request form for Children's Centre Services (Under 5s) [docx] 1MB and attach the latest whole family assessment
- Referrals from SystmOne users – use the e-referral
- Referrals from early years settings for a group based intervention – use the service request form for early years settings [docx] 85KB
- All other referrers use the early help assessment form on Nottinghamshire County Council's website
Secure email addresses to use are:
Newark and Sherwood: email@example.com
A guide for professionals for all the above including a flowchart on how to refer and all the secure email addresses can be found here: access guide to Children's Centre Services [pdf] 530KB.