Introduction

Hertsmere Leisure Children’s Centres are funded by Hertfordshire County Council and managed by Hertsmere Leisure.

About Hertsmere Leisure

Hertsmere Leisure is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee established to provide and promote community sport, recreational and arts services. It commenced trading in February 2002 and has enjoyed much success and growth in the intervening period. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and has its Head Office is in London Colney. It manages facilities owned by Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Three Rivers District Council, Milton Keynes Council and a health & fitness club in Ealing/Southall. It is also the Lead Agency selected by Hertfordshire County Council to develop 19 Children’s Centres in Hertfordshire. Read more.

What are Children’s Centres?

Children’s Centres offer the best start in life for every child, providing a place where under 5’s can get involved in a range of both play and early learning activities. Parents, grandparents and carers can benefit from better opportunities with access to child care, family support, health services, outreach services, training and employment advice.

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What is the Management Structure of the Children’s Centres?

Leadership of Children’s Centres
Hertsmere Leisure is Lead Agency for 19 Children’s Centres, 8 in Hertsmere District, 3 in Dacorum, 3 in Watford, 1 in Three Rivers and 4 in St Albans, all are in the county of Hertfordshire. A Group model has been adopted to oversee each Children’s Centre. Each group is overseen by a Senior Leadership Team member made up of Children’s Centres Director, Assistant Director, Partnership Co-ordinator, a Children’s Centre Qualified Teacher providing support to the Team Leaders.

  • Borehamwood Group – made up of Borehamwood North and Elstree and Borehamwood South Children’s Centre areas.
  • Hertsmere East Group – made up of Potters Bar East and Potters Bar West, South Mimms and Shenley Children’s Centre areas
  • Bushey Group – made up of Bushey and Bushey Heath Children’s Centre areas
  • Leavesden and The Langleys Group – made up of Abbots Langley, Leavesden and Kings Langley Children’s Centre areas.
  • St Albans South Group – made up of Park Street, Radlett and London Colney Children’s Centre areas.
  • St Albans West Group – made up of Sopwell & Verulam and St Albans Children’s Centre areas.
  • Hemel Hempstead West Group – made up of Galley Hill and Heath Lane Children’s Centre areas.

What is the Staff Structure of the Children’s Centres?

What is the aim of a Children’s Centre?

Children’s Centres provide services for under 5’s and their families, providing:

  • The best start in life for every child
  • Better opportunities for parents
  • Affordable, good quality childcare
  • Stronger and safer communities

What services are provided?

Children’s Centres will be expected to provide the following services to all children under 5 and their families:

  • Access to early education with full day care
  • Family support
  • Health services
  • A base for childminders
  • Access to support and advice on training and employment

What can family support offer me?

The Children’s Centres will be there to provide a range of support from information leaflets on parenting issues, drop in sessions for parents to chat and share ideas as well as parenting groups.

Tell me more about the health services that are available to my family

A range of health professions, including baby clinics, health visitors, speech therapists and community dieticians are involved with the services offered at our Children’s Centres.   Antenatal sessions are being introduced at The BECC and we hope to be able to offer postnatal sessions in the future.

What sort of information and advice will be available to me?

Advice on child care, parenting, healthy lifestyles as well as training and employment will be available.

Who is responsible for delivering the Children’s Centre programme?

Hertfordshire County Council has been given the responsibility for ensuring the development of Children’s Centres across Hertfordshire. Hertsmere Leisure have been appointed to manage the development and delivery of Children’s Centre services in 10 areas

How will Children’s Centres develop?

Each Children’s Centre will develop depending on the needs of their communities. The Children’s Centres will be working very closely with parents and carers and all those who currently provide services for families.

Where can I find more information?

Regular updates on the progress of the Children’s Centres will be in the local press and on our website.