Welcome to the Best Start in Life Stratford and West Ham Community Neighbourhood webpage.

Thank you for taking the time to look through our page. We hope it gives you the opportunity to gather a range of valuable and useful information about the services that we offer to all families with children between the ages of 0-5 years.

We are a warm and friendly centre with a team of highly experienced, trained, committed and dedicated professionals who are ready to offer you support where needed, to help you and your child/ren expand your capabilities and explore play and early learning opportunities.

We offer universal and targeted services across different venues to provide services such as pre and post pregnancy advice and support, child development, care and learning and a range of family support packages tailored to meet the needs of individual families.

Our vision and aims:

We are committed to ensuring each individual child grows up happy, healthy and with an excellent education which prepares them for the next stage in their lives.

At the heart of our vision we recognise that the best way to help families is to support them to identify their own strengths and build on what works. We believe that forming strong relationships will enable us to build networks and resilience, building on the power of connections between families, neighbours, learning, jobs and communities.

The Best Start in Life guarantee:

The best start in life guarantee consists of five areas. We believe that we are always considering these factors when delivering/ planning activities and services to our community neighbourhood.

We will:

  • Ensure children who are entitled to free 15 hours free child care are gaining the help and support needed to secure a nursery placement.
  • Deliver regular stay and play sessions each week. These sessions will be planned and evaluated to ensure the Early Years Foundation Stage framework is adhered to thus giving children a better opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • Provide programmes, workshops and sessions offering evidence based advice and guidance to improve parenting capacity.
  • Offer regular employment/ training advice.
  • Make available family health and development sessions which include, antenatal support, the transition to parenthood; the early weeks of life; perinatal wellbeing; breastfeeding initiation; healthy weight and nutrition; managing minor ailments and reducing accidents; and supporting speech and language development.



Family support:

We have a highly skilled team of family support workers who are also available within the community, to enable you to gain help and advice where necessary to overcome issues that may be affecting your home life or wellbeing.

The intervention of our family support workers consists of emotional and practical support to families in areas such as health advice, finding training and employment opportunities, housing and benefits advice, community participation, Child development, safety at home, one to one parenting support and programmes and encouragement to access sessions and services.

We aim to provide tailored packages of support to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families.

 

We welcome your views!

We want to know what services you would like us to offer within the Stratford and West Ham area. We are always open to suggestions, comments and feedback, so please share these with us.

We believe that working in partnership with parents and carers will enable us to offer quality of services for you and your family.