Best-Start

For families with children under 5

Woodlands offer a range of services to meet the needs of the families in our community.
We hope that you will visit us soon!

For families with children under 5

Woodlands offer a range of services to meet the needs of the families in our community.
We hope that you will visit us soon!
Welcome to Woodlands Children's Centre

Woodlands Children’s Centre is within the grounds of the Gilbert Scott Primary School in South Croydon. It is set in an urban area, but amid green belt land backing on to Heathfield’s Farm. 

Woodlands Children's Centre aims to give your child the best start in life from pregnancy up until the age of 5, we can provide family support, early education, child and family health services, family learning courses and help with going back to or finding work. We work with a number of agencies including health visitors, midwives, Speech and Language, Croydon parenting hub and training from Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT).

To access services within a Children’s Centre you will need to register your family. Applications are available at each Children’s Centre or access points.

 If you need any help, support or advice please ask to speak to a member of staff who can offer one to one support and give you information on other agencies or groups who could help you; as well as details of activities that you and your children can go to.

Please look at our timetable for an overview of the sessions available at this centre.

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Services

Health

Health provide a range of services which include antenatal, post-natal, midwives clinic, immunisation information, dental hygiene, well baby clinic and breast feeding support

Baby café

Baby Cafes are drop-in sessions for pregnant and new breastfeeding mums and dads. They aim to offer help and support to breastfeeding mothers at any stage in their breastfeeding journey, regardless of the baby's age and no matter how much breastmilk you are giving. You don't need to have a problem to attend - it's a great way to meet other breastfeeding mums. Baby Café drop-ins are run by a trained staff including lactation

consultants and/or health visitors, as well as volunteer peer supporters. So come along for a chat, and maybe some help or advice whilst enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

Chatterbox

If you are worried about your child’s talking or communication, have any questions about their speech and language, would like some advice, strategies or tips then come along to our session. Chatterbox is an information structured session for Croydon families with children aged 0-5 years who have concerns about their child’s talking or interaction. They are run jointly by Children’s Centre and Speech and Language staff who promote, encourage and support speech, language and communication development.

Best Start Parenting

They provide a range of parenting support to help parents gain new skills to manage challenging behaviour, resolve family conflict, improve communication and reduce stress in the family home. Courses are designed for families from pregnancy and children up until the age of 19 these include mellow bumps, Mellow Parents, Triple P and Parents as Partners. To attend any of the above course please pop in to speak to a member of staff.