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Children’s Centres Consultation Response - June 2017

Your Reading Children’s Centre Services are changing

We asked for your views on proposals for remodelling our Children’s Centre Services as increased budget pressures mean we need to look at delivering services differently. There was general agreement from your responses that the reduced resources available to Children’s Centre Services should be directed at the most vulnerable families through offering a more targeted service.

Our family activity programmes, currently being offered across Reading, will see the biggest changes from 1 October:

The existing programme will be running for the remainder of the term

  • The summer programme will shortly be available for the school holidays
  • During September some term time activities will return until 30th September
  • From 1st October 2017 the new Reading Children’s Centre service will begin

For further information please ask your local Children’s Centre and keep checking the Family Information Service website for other community services and updates. www.reading.gov.uk/servicesguide - To see the feedback from the consultation please visit: https://consult.reading.gov.uk/css/childrenscentres/

There are 13 Children’s Centres in Reading that provide families with children under 5 with access to a range of services and support in their local area. This includes: 

  • Meeting other parents
  • Children getting to play and make friends
  • Activities and trips
  • Advice on your child’s health, with health services such as baby weigh-ins and breastfeeding or healthy eating support
  • Help finding childcare
  • Support preparing your child for school
  • Family support like parenting classes, first aid courses
  • Information and advice on benefits, work and training

East Cluster (Hamilton Road, East Reading & Katesgrove) - East Reading Children Centres Cluster Website

North Cluster (Caversham & North Reading) - North Cluster Children Centre Website

South Cluster - (Sure Start Whitley & Blagdon) - South Cluster Children Centre Website Blagdon Nursery & Children Centre Website

West Cluster - (Ranikhet, Oxford Road & Norcot) -  West Cluster Children's Centre 

West Cluster Childrens Centre - Facebook Page

West Central Cluster - (Southcote, Coley & Blagrave) - West Central Cluster Children Centres Website