Best Start service: for children up to the age of 5

Best Start is a universal service that can give you access to early intervention support from pregnancy until your child turns 5.

Overview

Due to coronavirus, many of the Best Start services are suspended. You can still access advice and guidance over the telephone through most of our children’s centres – contact your local children’s centre directly for further information.

Best Start is a universal service that can give you access to early intervention support from pregnancy until your child turns 5. The service ensures that babies and children have the best start in life by giving them access to the right services and information.

The Best Start service is made up of different organisations that work with:

  • families (mothers, fathers and other carers)
  • health visitors
  • midwives
  • GPs
  • community parents support
  • early learning practitioners and children's centres 

Funding

For information on 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and parent and toddler groups near you visit Family Space Croydon

If you run a parent and toddler group

If you run a parent and toddler group and would like to be listed on Family Space Croydon so families can find your services, then email the Childcare team.

Childcare team
Email: child.care@croydon.gov.uk.

Get involved

To ensure that we are delivering the right services for you and your children, we encourage that practitioners and families work together to help shape the services that Best Start provides. You can get involved by contacting the Croydon Best Start team.

Croydon Best Start
Email: croydonbeststart@croydon.gov.uk.

Best Start Service video