Centre leader: Vikki Raymond
Honiton Children’s Centre serves an area of over 850 children in the villages of Offwell, Awliscombe, Upottery, Stockland, Broadhembury, Dunkeswell and Farway, as well as in Honiton itself.
The centre provides a range of activities and resources for local families. We offer somewhere for them to meet, play with their children and learn together. Families can come to us for support and advice on any aspect of family life and get information on health, child development, parenting and education as well as employment, housing and finance. Our main focus is on young children from 0 to 5 years but we also have programmes to support parents.
Here are some other activities in Honiton for under-fives that may be of interest to you.
- Stay and Play groups
- Antenatal classes
- Breastfeeding and postnatal support groups
- Child health clinics
- Outreach visits to deliver activities in the community
- Baby massage
- Bookstart sessions
- Parenting programmes
- Speech and language development group
- Family support work
- Adult education
- Employment, legal and financial advice
Our experienced staff members are trained to meet the needs of local families and come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. In addition, the centre works closely with a range of agencies and local organisations to deliver services that are right for you. We also work closely with our team of volunteers who help support our work.
We have a variety of volunteering roles available within our centre. If you would be interested in volunteering with us please get in contact for further details.
Comments from the families we work with:
'Thank you for your relaxing, calm, informative classes.'
'All staff are great. They spend time not only with the children but the parents also. They are always caring and kind.'
'The ladies running the programme are exceptional and never cease to impress us.'
'Fantastic staff on hand to provide advice about breastfeeding and expressing – it was really valuable.'
'Just to say that coming here has been a great stepping stone to preschool. A great place to come and make friends for mums and children.'
Honiton and the greater East Devon area
Including Honiton Children’s Centre, there are six children’s centres serving families in East Devon. They include the Exmouth and District Children’s Centre and one in Axe Valley (also part of The Children’s Society). There are other Children’s Centres in Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth and Clyst Vale.
Your two year old could get free childcare and early learning support. 2gether funding entitles some two year olds in Devon to 15 hours of free childcare and early learning each week. The scheme helps improve children’s learning and development, gives them the chance to make new friends and have lots of fun in an approved childcare setting such as a day nursery, child-minder or preschool.
Your child is eligible if the family is receiving certain benefits, has a household income under £16,190, or if your child has a disability, special educational need or if they are adopted or placed under a residency order. To apply visit www.devon.gov.uk/2gether or call 0345 155 1013.
Is childminding for you? Would you like a career change? Does the prospect of running you own business in your own home and working with children appeal to you?
Becoming a registered childminder is an incredibly rewarding career with all the benefits of home-based working. Childminders work in their own homes, caring for other people’s children, providing plenty of opportunities to develop and learn through play. They can look after children from birth to 14 and become a well-respected and important part of families’ lives, managing a friendly, business-like relationship with parents.
There is a shortage of registered childminders in the Devon area, so to find out more information and register an interest please phone Erika Lincoln on 07500 331 682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org