of local events highlighting family support services
being invited to discover more about the childcare, early years and family
support services on their doorsteps during the fourth annual National Sure
Start Month - which also offers residents the chance to find out more about
careers in childcare, play work and early education.
will be social events too – including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic for local
parents and children in Ravenscourt Park on 23 June and an end-of-month
celebration at the Irish Centre on 29 June.
theme is ‘your children, your choice’ and the council’s early years service,
working with local partners, has the following free events planned:
Information sessions for parents (all welcome) who want
help and advice about choosing quality childcare:
2 – 4pm, Thursday 2 June at Sure Start Broadway, 49 Brook Green, Hammersmith;
10am - 12noon, Wednesday 8 June at Sure Start Coningham, Melina Road,
10am - 12noon, Monday 20 June at Sure Start South, Sands End Community
Centre, 59 Broughton Road, Fulham.
Find out about childcare, early education and family support,
with a face-painter in residence at the Kings Mall sessions too:
10am – 4pm, Saturday 4 and Friday 24 June, Kings Mall Shopping Centre,
Hammersmith (with face-painter);
10am – 3pm, Saturday 18 June, Shepherds Bush Market (no face-painter).
at Sure Start South
Sure Start South, based at Sands End Community Centre, in Fulham, invites
all local parents to a variety of events, including:
a fathers’ session on Saturday 11 June;
safety activities week from Friday 24 June, including two days of first
For details and to book phone 020 7736 5173.
Celebration of local childminders’ training achievements: 7 - 9pm, Wednesday
22 June, Randolph Beresford family annex, New Zealand Way, White City.
If you go down to Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, from 11am – 2.30pm on
Thursday 23 June you’re sure to find the annual Pre-school Learning Alliance
Teddy Bears’ Picnic in full swing. It’s taking place in the under fives’
area next to the tennis courts.
Discover the range of careers, training and job opportunities in early
years, childcare and play work and hear about the experiences of other
people working with children:
10am - 4pm, Saturday 25 June (venue in central Hammersmith to be confirmed).
To book call 020 8735 5868.
Residents who would like to become registered childminders can book a
place by phoning the Children’s Information Service on 020 8735 5868.
of Month Celebrations
Exhibition stands and interactive displays for early years practitioners
and parents with opportunities to meet people, have refreshments and listen
to a short, inspiring presentation from our guest speaker: 3 - 7pm, Wednesday
29 June at the Irish Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith.
has been a childminder in Shepherds Bush for more than four years and
is now one of six in the borough who helps to support new childminders.
She will be part of a new borough-wide childminders’ network, due to be
established later this month. She said: “A lot of parents don’t realise
how well trained childminders are. We have taken nationally recognised
courses as well as attending monthly workshops. The support we have had
from the council and Sure Start Coningham has been great.”
Month is all about letting people know how important it is to give all
children an excellent start. The council is providing free and subsidised
childcare and early education in the borough through our their centres
and in partnership with the voluntary and private sectors. Sure Start
is a government initiative to improve the well-being of children under
four and their families. The borough’s three Sure Start programmes are
Sure Start Coningham, in Shepherds Bush, Sure Start Broadway, in Hammersmith,
and Sure Start South, in Fulham
has attracted £7.2 million of government money to develop three
Sure Start partnerships in the borough to provide a wide range of childcare
and other services for young families. The borough’s early years service
has also established a network of neighbourhood nurseries, which provide
affordable childcare for parents who want to return to education, training
May 23, 2005