West Norwood’s centre for Betterstart activities for children under-five and their parents is at 18 Bentons Lane SE27 9UD. You will get a warm welcome and a mixed programme of drop-ins and courses. See latest timetable (pdf).
Due to covid, masks must be worn indoors and numbers are limited to up to 15 adults to allow for social distancing.
Telephone reception at 020 4542 3520 for friendly advice on sessions and to book a place.
Norwood’s Children Centre is up and running after lockdown with most activities now based at 18 Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD just off Gipsy Rd .
‘Stay and play’ and other face to face sessions are social distancing so you have to book your place on 020 3409 0704. Other “virtual” activities are one to one telephone calls and some group sessions are via facebook.
For details of the Norwood Children’s Centre programme see [attached pdf]
Please phone 020 3409 0704 for advice on what sessions might best suit your child.
Lambeth’s Family Information Service online directory has lots more information on a wide range of activities and services for children:
Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.
Families getting tax credits, benefits and special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.
Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:
In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.
All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.
Due to central government cuts the council is forced to make changes to our
childrens centres for families with under-5s . Lambeth wants to keep as many
centres open as possible and has proposals to run 18 centres from September
In the West Norwood area the council plans to keep Bentons Lane SE27 9UD
(Kingswood) & Hitherfield SW16 2JW open full time and Crown Lane SW16 3HX &
Rosendale SE21 8LR open half days. Cherry Tree at Barston Rd SE27 9HE will
continue its childcare service under Rosendale school.
The nearest local events are: Tuesday 8th January 1.30pm to 3pm at Brockwell One O’clock Club near
Arlingford Rd SW2 2TA
and Monday 14th January 11am to 1pm at Rosendale Children’s Centre, Rosendale
Road SE21 8LR