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Children's centres

What are children’s centres?

Children’s centres are friendly, welcoming places which offer families with children aged 0-5 years a free range of services, information and support in their local community.

There are 53 centres located throughout Norfolk. They are placed at the heart of communities to enable parents and parents-to-be to get the help they need and provide the best possible start in life for their children.

They are free to join, most activities are free and, once you’ve registered, you can go along to any centre in Norfolk.

Consultation response

On 22 January 2019, following consultation on proposals for a new Early Childhood and Family Service, our Children’s Services Committee agreed recommendations presented in the Children’s Services report published on 14 January 2019. The Committee approved recommendations to create a new Early Childhood and Family Service and de-designate specific children’s centres. View the agenda papers and report from the meeting.

Where is my nearest children’s centre?

You can find a list of all children's centres on the Norfolk Community Directory.

Who is responsible for children's centres?

We have the responsibility for the provision of children's centres. We have arranged for the following organisations to run these on our behalf:

  • Action for Children
  • Diversa Multi Academy Trust 
  • Caister Infant and Nursery School
  • Corvus Education Trust
  • Earlham Early Years Centre
  • Emneth Nursery School
  • Great Yarmouth Community Trust
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care
  • Ormiston Families

To join your local children’s centre, you can simply drop in during opening hours or give them a call.

What services do children’s centres offer?

The services children’s centres offer vary from centre to centre, but can include:

What’s on at my local children’s centre?

Once you have joined your local children’s centre you should receive a termly programme of free and low-cost activities.

Other sources of support for families

Families can also get support and information from the following organisations and sources:

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