In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, centre programmes and drop-ins have been suspended until further notice

This includes most Early Learning Together programmes, Health Clinics (drop-ins), Incredible Years programmes and Communication Groups

We are moving toward delivering some sessions virtually, starting with the Early Learning Together Baby programme (baby massage). Other programmes are following.

If you have any concerns about your child and feel you could benefit from some support via any of our other programmes during the outbreak, 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 in Merton during the Covid-19 outbreak, 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 during the Covid-19 outbreak, please call 020 8102 3350 or Email 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

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 drop-ins and bookable programmes to 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.

Find your local centre

Child development support

Parenting support

Speech, language and social communication support 

Support for young parents

Young parents drop-in

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

Early Years and Family Wellbeing Service Interim Referral April 2020

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.

Consultation 2016-2017

From July 2016, Merton Early Years Service consulted with service users and stakeholders to gain feedback on our proposals for the development of services for children from pregnancy to age 5.

Download the Services for Children from Pregnancy to age 5 Consultation Analysis and Phase 2 Response published February 2017.

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