As you are aware the local authority consulted on the future of Sure Start Centres across Surrey and decided to stop offering this type of provision. Changes are taking place at different times across the different districts and boroughs and will affect staff who currently work in the centres.
Across the borough of Guildford, Sure Start provision will cease on 24th July 2019. This means that most universal services such as “Play and Learn” and “Bumps to Babies” will stop. Parents can use the Family Information Directory(www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service) to find universal and other services, support groups, activities and more.
When the Sure Start centres and provision stops the new Family Centres will open. Guildford Nursery School is leading and managing provision across the borough, which includes Ash and Tongham. Whilst there will be very little universal provision there will be some groups and services running for target groups at different locations. There will also be family support and home visits for referred families living across the borough.
The newly set up Family Centres are located as follows:
Guildford Nursery School (Hazel Avenue) – open weekdays, all year round from 8am – 6pm
Ash Grange Primary School – open weekdays during term time from 9am – 12 noon
The Spinney – open weekdays during term time plus some school holiday time from 9am – 4pm
Until 24th July please continue to contact us at Ash Grange, your local Sure Start Centre for information and advice.
As our current service is closing we want to thank and celebrate with everyone, families, partners, team members and leaders at an event. We will be having an activity afternoon, good weather permitting on the front of Ash Grange School (hall if wet). This will run from 1-3pm and it is a stay and play like event. Please let anyone past and present know about this as everyone is most welcome.
From 25th July please call 01483 566589 or check the new family centres website (www.familycentresforguildford.co.uk) to find out more.