The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has held governance of the Sutton Coldfield Locality Children’s Centres since 2012. Every year hundreds of families benefit from their services, rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, which stated:
The centres provide good-quality outreach services and good signposting that enable families and their children to access a good range of services. Consequently, a large majority of families are registered with the children’s centres.”
What is a Children’s Centre?
Children’s Centres focus on pregnancy, children under the age of five and their families. Sutton Locality deliver services at New Hall, Holland House and Deanery Children’s Centres, Four Oaks Cluster Hub and a range of community venues including Libraries.
Children’s Centres can provide information and support relating to many areas such as:
• Childcare signposting including the new 2 year old places
• Health Clinics, checks and courses/workshop delivery
• Family support at universal/universal plus levels
• Training and employment signposting
• Parenting skills courses
- Early Learning, help and support through universal services – Stay and Play
Where are the centres?
The purpose built Centres in Sutton Locality are:
Deanery Children’s Centre
Holland House Children’s Centre
New Hall Children’s Centre
They also use a range of community bases in Four Oaks and in Boldmere
The Locality Lead Centre is Four Oaks which has an admin base at Arthur Terry School
What do they offer?
A range of services for children under 5 and their families, including:
- Antenatal support
- Baby signing
- Post Natal support
- New birth home visits
- Toy Library
- Young parents group
- First aid courses
- Healthy Start vitamins
- Introduction to solids
- Family support
- Baby groups and activities
- Stay and Play activities
- Information on education and childcare
If you have children under 5 years and live in Sutton Coldfield, you can attend activities at any of the Sutton Coldfield Locality Centres, not just your nearest one. Some groups are specifically intended to be open to all eligible parents. The centres work closely with a wide range of partners, NHS, schools, nurseries, libraries, voluntary organisations, churches and community groups.
What Ofsted said:
- Rated as ‘Good’ across the centres by Ofsted Leadership, governance and management are effective in improving outcomes for children and families. Leaders and managers are driven by commitment and passion to succeed despite the challenges of the restructuring of children’s centres and significant budget cuts.
- The centres provide good-quality outreach services and good signposting that enable families and
their children to access a good range of services. Consequently, a large majority of families are
registered with the children’s centres.
- The large majority of children from target groups have made good progress from their starting
- Good safeguarding arrangements ensure early identification of any issues to do with children’s
safety. Swift, appropriate action is taken to ensure that children and families are protected from
- Partnerships with most providers and agencies, particularly health, schools, police, social care, early
years providers and HomeStart are strong. Consequently, families benefit from efficient use of the
- Systems for tracking children and families who are known to the centres and those who have
temporarily stopped using the centres’ services are good. As a result, the large majority of families
remain engaged with the centres.
For further details please visit: http://suttonlocality.childrencentres.org/