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Children's Centre and Family Visitors

Unlike G.P., midwife, health visitor, nursery, school, family visitors are hardly known, and Children's Centre is seldom visited by families with babies and toddlers.

Actually, local family visitors are quite helpful, they work in partnership with parents/carers to provide improved outcomes for families with children under 5.

Family visitors can offer

  • Support and advice on parenting,
  • Help with accessing local services,
  • Home visits,
  • Supporting families with additional needs.
Family visitors also lead PEEP groups.

PEEP(Peers Early Education Partnership) is a national Family Learning Project for the under fives and their families.

In Northern Ireland, Children's Centre is called Family Centre. My wife used to take my daughter there every week when we lived in Derry, she also took part in a self-esteem training project and received a golden-lettered certificate. She also enjoyed orange juice and biscuits, because she doesn't like a cup of tea or coffee. Most of all, the family centre gave my daughter a second hand cot-bed, it's a cot convertible to junior bed. When we moved to Belfast, we took the cot-bed with us (very heavy!), but we couldn't bring it to Derby when moved home again last year. I don't know if the Ulster University accommodation officer threw it to the skip, because that building block would be demolished soon after we left.

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