Report for Town Council Meeting – Monday 11th April 2016
The Faringdon Children Centre has been supporting families in the Faringdon and surrounding villages for a number of years, run more recently by Spurgeons and Action for Children but as a family centre by the church before this.
The main focus on the centre is to support families with children under 5.
This support comes in many forms. Our one to one outreach service provides families with an outreach worker who will visit families in their own homes, provide support with attending appointments, such as medical and housing. Accompanying families to attend groups run by the children centre and other organisations.
Families are referred to the centre from Social Care, Health Visitors and Midwives, Early Years Intervention Service, Disability and Early Years Support Service, Pre Schools and Nurseries and also Schools. Families also self refer.
As part of this outreach work, we attend Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups and also support through attending Team around the Child/Family Meetings. These meetings support the families and also joint professional working. Actions are agreed with the families at these meetings and the children centre help to support families to make positive changes.
The relationship built between the outreach workers and families is really important and these often mean that families are able to achieve successful outcomes which directly effects the wellbeing of the children. Very few professionals have access to the home environment, this can be a really strong indicator on how things really are for the children.
The children centre also provide universal and targeted groups. These provide support to families in many ways. The play activities offered are all planned carefully with the Early Years curriculum and also the individual children attending the sessions in mind.
Agencies are invited into the groups to give advice on various issues such as budgeting, debt advice, benefits and housing on a group and individual basis.
We also support young parents in targeted groups and also provide early days support which is invaluable for mums who have just had babies. First aid courses are run regularly and offered free to our families. We also run parenting courses.
What’s on – 2016
Stay & Learn – 9.30am to 11.00am. For children from 0-5 years. Includes ‘now I am 2’ activities.
Baby Group – 1.00pm to 2.30pm. Support and advice on your developing baby. For children up to 2 years.
Buddiez – 12.30pm to 2.00pm. For parent/carers up to the age of 25 years.
Adult Learning – Available at both Faringdon & Southmoor Children’s Centres. Please contact the centres for further details.
Stay & Learn (Watchfield) – 1.00pm to 2.30pm at Watchfield Village Hall. For children from 0-5years. Includes ‘now I am 2’ activities.
First Aid Course
Family Links Nurturing Programme
Early Days Course
Important: event dates and times may change so please check with the centre beforehand.