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, or use the Corby Children's Centre referral form. 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.
Services at Pen Green:Family Support
Pen Green offers families in Corby a wide range of groups, activities and family support services. They can support families from pregnancy (antenatal), right through to when your child starts primary school.
Family support at Pen Green can take many forms, including but not limited to:
• Early Help
• Family Visiting
• Nurture GroupCrèche
The Nook at Pen Green is a crèche provision within the centre. It can be used by parents taking part in groups, accessing services or volunteering at Pen Green. Staff in the Nook offer children a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment in which they can play and learn. Health Services
Universal health services (such as antenatal and postnatal support from midwives and health visitors) are available at Pen Green. The centre also runs a groupwork programme. Some groups are available to drop-in, others by appointment or referral only.
• Baby Self-Weigh
• Development Review
• Health Visitor Drop-in (Baby Clinic)
• Sleep Solutions
• Maternal Health
• Breastfeeding Support
• Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression (GAP)
• Great Expectations (for women at any stage of pregnancy) Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The team at Pen Green share a vision that respects each child’s right to be viewed as an independent and autonomous with a fundamental right to a fair and equal education.
• Targeted groups
• Inclusive Summer Playscheme – Aiming Higher
• Weekend events for children with SEND and their families
• Specialist provision in the centre
• Access to Forest School
• Support with benefits forms
• Support attending medical appointments
• EHA professional support
• IPSEA trained staff
• Portage accredited staff
• Makaton training for staff, parents and volunteersLittle Jimmy's
The bungalow within the Pen Green Campus has different groups for families:
• Drop In and Social Babies
Drop in for coffee and a chat: midwife and health visitor appointments available. Drop in and social babies on Mondays, growing together sessions, sleep solutions.
• Adult and Infant Drop-Ins
A drop-in space for children under 3 years and their parents or carers. Access to health appointments, play opportunities and signposting. Pen Green Nursery
This nursery is maintained by the county council and has confirmed how they support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Please contact the nursery for more information.
Pen Green have completed the Portage Stamp of Approval and can therefore offer specialist support for children within their nursery provision (from 9-months to school-age).Shared Spaces
An exciting range of areas across the provision. Each space is designed to support children’s interests and imagination, and to offer them a wide range of sensory and learning experiences.
• The Beach
• Discovery Area
• Soft Room
• The Tower
• Water Therapy RoomDrop-in Spaces
Pen Green offer families two drop-in spaces, the Adult Infant and Drop-in and The Family Room. Both spaces are staffed by members of the Family Support Team.
• The Family Room - Staffed Mon-Fri (8am-6pm)
Provides an informal and welcoming environment for parents and children. After School Club (ASC)
A term-time after school provision for children aged 4 to 11 years. If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please contact reception on 01536 400068.Holiday Play-Scheme
A play scheme provision for children aged 4 to 11 years. Over the school holidays, children attending the play scheme can enjoy a wide range of activities including arts, crafts and trips out into the community. To book a place, or for further information, please contact reception on 01536 400068. Growing Together
Growing Together is for parents (mothers and/or fathers) to bring their child (aged 0-3) each week to play together for an hour and a half, as well as meet other parents and children.
It helps parents and children to learn more about what interests the child shows in their play.
It gives children the opportunity to be filmed with their parent in the session, and for the parent to watch that film with staff to discuss how their child is developing and communicating.
Parents can talk to staff about anything regarding their child and their development, so parents can increase their confidence in parenting. And meet with other families, each week, and share ideas, news and a hot drink.SEN 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.
• Let's Play Together
Let's Play Together is an inclusive group for children with SEND up to 4 years and their siblings. The group is a chance for everybody to learn and play together. Thursdays 1pm to 3pm
- Lets Play Together for premature babies (from birth to crawling) Fridays 9.30am to 11am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm
- Lets Play Together for all children with SEND up to 4 years and their siblings
• Parents of Children with Additional Needs Mondays 10am to 11:30am(Term-Time Only)
An opportunity for parents and carers of children under the age of 8 with any additional needs or disabilities to come together and share the highs and lows of family life. Tea and cake are optional. A crèche is available by prior arrangement.
Contact Sandra Mole (Smole@northamptonshire.gov.uk
• Hope Project Fridays 1pm to 3pm
An 8-week parent advocacy project. Share your child’s unique needs with other parents, and, if you wish, create a booklet telling your child’s story.
• Premature Baby Group Thursdays 1pm to 3pm
Contact Sandra Mole (Smole@northamptonshire.gov.uk