St Piers, Lingfield’s Sure Start children’s centre achieves full core status
Lingfield’s Sure Start Children’s Centre has announced that it has achieved
full core status only two years after opening.
Full core status is a term of recognition from the government which shows that the centre is offering the local community, in Lingfield and the surrounding areas, a fully comprehensive set of family support services and information and advice.
Karen Pallot runs the Lingfield centre which is part of the Young Epilepsy’s St Piers school, and said of the accolade,
When we started the centre in 2007, we were given two years to be able to offer a certain amount of services, once this level was reached we had to pass a detailed interview and then be told if we were successful or not. Not every Sure Start centre has been successful so I’m really pleased that we have achieved this status.
The team here has worked really hard to provide such a varied range of services. As well as the more usual services for parents and young children that you might expect from a Sure Start centre, we run everything from a Dad’s club, to health advice, and even a toy library.
We have 190 registered families and have started running outreach services at a second centre in Blindley Heath. We also run a Sure Start Bus that goes to 7 rural communities around East Surrey reaching many more families.
One parent recently said of St Piers Sure Start Centre,
I could not have got through last year without Sure Start. Many are coping with redundancy and feelings of isolation. Being able to come to Sure Start allows them to forget negativity and chat about issues with others in a similar position.