Charnwood District Sure Start Children's Centre Programme

Sure Start Children's Centres

Being a parent brings excitement, happiness and fun. However, at some point it will also bring challenges, hard-work and confusion.

The Charnwood Sure Start Children's Centres provide activities, support and advice for all families with children aged between 0 and 5 years. We provide fun and creative services which families can drop-in to and enjoy with their children and other families in their community, and we also provide services to support and guide parents who may find themselves in need of a helping hand.

How to get more involved in your Children's Centre

Would you like to support us in improving services for children and families? Join our new parent forum sessions at your local Children's Centre to meet other parents and carers, take part in managing our parent-led groups and to feedback on services. Together we can develop new ideas! Please contact Julie Crookes on 07718 701 771 or email

Find out more online - see below links.

Activities at your local Children's Centre

Your local Charnwood Sure Start Children's Centre has a Facebook Page with details of activities that are available in your area.

Shepshed CC Parents

Mountsorrel CC Parents

Anstey CC Parents

Thurmaston CC Parents

Loughborough CC Parents

What some parents have to say

"Attending has helped me learn the importance of watching my child play rather than directing her... I've also learnt that the outcome is not always as important as the process!"

"Cherubs has been invaluable to me and Natasha. It gives us both lots of contact with other mums and babies. I've made lifelong friends and I'm sure she has too! In the early days this group saved my sanity being able to discuss problems and ideas. Thank you very much!"

Your Family Outreach Workers

The Family Outreach Workers (FOWs) work closely with families in the community. They support families by running fun sessions for parents and children aged 0-5 years, by visiting families at home for more direct support, and also working closely with other professionals to signpost families to other available services. A FOW can support any family with children aged 0-5 years with issues including finances, housing needs, behavioural management, parenting skills, emotional support and help accessing childcare provision.

Contact details for the Charnwood FOW team:

Sally Brackenbury - Mountsorrel Children's Centre - 07944 997 080

Donna Preston - Loughborough West Children's Centre - 07538 700 672

Lauren Shuter - Thurmaston Children's Centre - 07534 328 992

Zaheda Komal - Cobden Children's Centre - 07939 524 865

Carol Hedworth - Shepshed Children's Centre - 07538 221 687

Sharleen Sidhar - Shelthorpe Children's Centre - 07534 220 214

Donna Hudson - Anstey Children's Centre - 07538 700 675

Andrea Murrell - Community Development Family Outreach Worker - 07508 013 229

Contact Details for your Local Children's Centres

Anstey Children's Centre

Papermill Close, Anstey, LE7 7AU
0116 305 3537

Cobden Children's Centre

Hume Street, Loughborough, LE11 1AF
01509 237 267

Loughborough West Children's Centre

Regent Street, Loughborough, LE11 5BA
0116 305 5247

Mountsorrel Children's Centre

Christ Church and St Peters Primary School, Mountsorrel, LE12 7JU
0116 305 5267

Shelthorpe Children's Centre

Woodthorpe Road, Loughborough, LE11 2NF
0116 305 5239

Shepshed Children's Centre

Hind Leys Community College, Forest Street, Shepshed, LE12 2DB
01509 650 743

Thurmaston Children's Centre

Eastfield Primary School, Eastfield Road, Thurmaston, LE4 8FP
0116 305 5264

General Enquiries

0116 305 5241 or ring Family Information on 0116 305 65 45

Useful Contact Numbers in Charnwood

The Bridge Housing Advice 01509 260 500

Bulky Waste Collection 01509 634 563

Charnwood Borough Council 01509 263 151

Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing 01509 634 666

Citizens Advice Bureau 01509 214 002

Family Information Service 0116 305 65 45

Home Start 01509 239 786

JobCentre Plus 0845 604 37 19

Leicestershire Police (non-emergency) 101

Library Services

Living Without Abuse (24 hour hotline) 0300 365 0112

NHS Direct 111

NHS Stop Smoking Service 0845 045 2828

Parent Participation (Hempsalls) 07718 701 771

Rape Crisis Centre 0116 255 88 52

Relate Leicestershire 0116 254 30 11

Report Anti-Social Behaviour 01509 634 533

Sexual Health Advice (call or text) 07814 877 859

Speech and Language (SALT) 0116 305 52 43

Victim Support 01509 268 545

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