Children’s centres provide locality-based support in the centre, in community venues, or in homes. To register to use the services, groups and clubs provided by your local children's centre, please contact them directly. Go to this page
for more information about where families can go for support.
Provision of early intervention to both child, parents, or carers are as follows:
• Information and Advice Services
Supplying information about a range of services, including childcare and employment support
• Stay and Play Services
Supporting parents in their role as their children’s first educators
• School Readiness Services
Working in partnership with parents and childcare providers to improve outcomes for children
• Health, Lifestyles and Well Being Services
Universal and targeted activities to improve outcome for parents and children. Includes ante-natal and post natal support delivered in partnership with midwives and health visitors.
• Improved Parenting and Family Support Services
Targeted support and Early Help services for families that need extra support. This may be via an EHA (early help assessment, formerly a CAF), or for Looked after Children, children on ‘Children in Need’ register, children on Child Protection Plans or Disabled Children. This includes access to victim and perpetrator domestic abuse interventions (at Level 3).
• Services to Improve Adults Personal Skills, Education and Employability
Links to benefits and debt advice, adult learning opportunities and JobCentre Plus.SEND Groups and Activities
• Sleep Solutions
Support for families of disabled children and those with additional needs, aged between 2 and 19, who have severe sleep problems living in Northamptonshire.
Times and bookings can be confirmed with the children’s centre directly.
• Special Needs Umbrella Group (SNUG)
This is a parent-led group for families with children with any kind of diagnosed special needs, giving you a chance to meet other parents/ carers in a similar situation. The Sensory Room is open and other toys are available. This group is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month (9:30am to 11:30am).
• Sensory Room
The Sensory Room is a safe environment specially designed to provide a unique, tactile sensory experience. The room is particularly beneficial for children with additional needs of any age as well as babies and young children. Book a 30 minute slot for a relaxed and special sensory experience with your child.
• Special Friends
Special Friends is a parent-led support group for the South Northants for children with additional needs and their families. The group meets monthly, run events, has speakers in, has a book loan library and a monthly resource making day.
The group meets on the last Friday of the month, (10am to 11:30am) at Towcester Children's Centre.