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Coronavirus

All Children's Centres are running a programme of activities (Abbey and Lower Morden are offering child health/midwifery appointments only). All groups and activities must be booked and will have restricted numbers depending on current availability.

If you have any concerns about your child and feel you could benefit from some support via any of our other programmes, please do speak to your health visitor or another practitioner who is working with you and your child.

To speak to the health visiting team, please call 03300 539 264 for confidential health advice and support, available every day from 9.00am - 5.00pm  

If your child attends a Merton Local Authority School and you would like to speak to the school nursing team, please call 020 8102 3350 or Email CLCHT.schoolnursingmerton@nhs.net for confidential health advice and support, available every day from 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Child Health Development Checks and Breast Feeding Support continue to be offered at children's centres in Merton. Please contact your Health Visitor for details on 03300 539264

Midwifery appointments are also currently continuing. Please contact your midwife for details

  • Epsom and St Helier:  020 8296 2542
  • St George's:  020 8725 4714

Helping you with your child development questions

During this national lockdown, we know you may have questions about your young child and their development. We are currently unable to provide all of the usual range of support in Merton's children's centre buildings, so we are offering all Merton parents of children under 4 years the opportunity to speak to a children's centre worker or Family Engagement Officer if they wish to.

We can help you if you have questions about your child, such as:

  • supporting positive behaviour
  • their communication and speech
  • meeting expected ages and stages
  • activities to keep them occupied and learning
  • their routines or sleeping
  • parenting strategies
  • general development concerns
  • anything else that is concerning you about your child during lockdown 

Please email fsd@merton.gov.uk with your name, telephone number, the age of your child and details of the information / support you are seeking. One of the children's centres team will call you back to discuss this in more detail.

We look forward to talking with you and supporting you and your family.

Timetable and services

Our children's centres offer services for parents and carers from pregnancy through to the end of their child's reception year at school.

We provide a range of programmes and services to support your child's learning and development, including baby massage for first-time parents, speech and language and parenting programmes and support for families with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

We also work closely with our midwifery and health visiting partners. Antenatal and postnatal clinics, development checks and weaning support are delivered though the centres, along with drop-in child health clinics.

For details of eligibility and bookings for programmes, please speak to a member of children's centre staff, your health visitor or other practitioner who is working with you and your child.

Merton's children's centres

The links below take you to more information about what is available at children's centre sites in Merton.

Child development support

Parenting support

Speech, language and social communication support 

Family support

Family Information and Support Hubs

Register to use our children's centres

When you first access services at a children's centre, you will be asked to register with us. Registering helps us to keep you informed about our services and helps us to monitor and improve them.

The Children's Centre Registration Database - Why we collect information

Referral form for professionals and practitioners

Free Healthy Start vouchers

Good nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood leads to better long-term health. Healthy Start Vouchers are free vouchers to spend every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk in retail outlets. They also include vouchers for free vitamins which you can collect from Acacia or Lavender Steers Mead Children's Centres.

If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant, have a child under 4 years old, or you are under 18 and pregnant, you could qualify. 

Visit the Healthy Start Website to find out more and apply for Healthy Start vouchers.

If you are eligible, you can collect your vitamins from Acacia Children's Centre  or Lavender Steers Mead Children's Centre.

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Contact us

Email: fsd@merton.gov.uk