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Sure Start children's centres

Sure Start is a Government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. Sure Start children’s centres bring together early education, childcare, health and family support agencies to offer a wide range of services to meet you and your child’s needs, all in one place.

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Frequently asked questions about Sure Start and a list of Sure Starts in Southampton can also be viewed further down this page.

Sure Start centres frequently asked questions

1. What advice can I get at Sure Start centres?

You can get professional advice on:

  • health and family matters

  • local childcare options

  • access to specialist services for families

  • training and job opportunities

or you can just socialise with other people.

2. Will I have to pay?

Sure Start children's centres are open to all children and parents and many of the services are free, for example access to midwives and health visitors.

You will have to pay for childcare services but there is support through tax credits for those who are eligible for help. You may also have to pay a small charge for some activities like toddler groups and baby massage.

Sure Start children's centres

The Sure Start centres in Southampton are:

Sure Start Bassett/Lordswood
Address: Hollybrook Junior School, Seagarth Lane, Southampton, SO16 6RL
Telephone: 023 8091 5531 / 023 8083 3448
Email: surestart.bassettlordswood@

Sure Start Bitterne and Bitterne Park
Address: Bitterne Church of England Infant School, Peartree Avenue, Southampton, SO19 7RB
Telephone: 023 8091 5480
Email: surestart.bitterne@

Sure Start Central
Address: 60-68 Clovelly Road, Southampton, SO14 0AU
Telephone: 023 8033 1635
Email: surestart.central@

Sure Start Freemantle
Address: The Fryatt Centre, Freemantle school, Paynes Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BY
Telephone: 023 8033 1635

Sure Start Lordshill, Shirley Warren and Coxford
Main office address: The Warren Centre, Chestnut Road, Southampton, SO16 6BR
Base address: St Jude's Hall, Warren Avenue, Southampton, SO16 6AH
Telephone: 023 8083 3863
Email: surestart.mrm@

Sure Start Millbrook, Redbridge and Maybush
Address: Pickles Coppice Children's Centre, 65 Windermere Avenue, Southampton, SO16 9QX
Telephone: 023 8087 8387

Sure Start North Shirley
Address: The Ashby Centre, Stratton Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5QZ
Telephone: 023 8033 1635
Email: surestart.northshirley@

Sure Start Portswood and Bevois
Address: The Avenue Centre, Alma Road, Southampton, SO17 1XQ
Telephone: 023 8083 3552
Email: surestart.portswood@

Sure Start Sholing
Address: Wood Close, Southampton, SO19 0SG
Telephone: 023 8091 7633

Sure Start Swaythling
Address: Bassett Green Primary School, Honeysuckle Road, Southampton, SO16 3BZ
Telephone: 023 8083 3552
Email: surestart.swaythling@

Sure Start Thornhill
Address: Byron Road, Thornhill, Southampton, SO19 6FH
Telephone: 023 8091 7633

Sure Start Townhill Park and Harefield
Address: Cutbush Children’s Centre, Cutbush Lane, Townhill Park, Southampton, SO18 2GF
Telephone: 023 8091 5480

Sure Start Weston
Address: 60 Foxcott Close, Weston, Southampton, SO19 9JQ
Telephone: 023 8043 7866

Sure Start Woolston, Merryoak and Peartree
Address: Woolston Clinic, Woodley Road, Southampton, SO19 9DW
Telephone: 023 8043 7866

Downloadable documents

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PDF document Children's Centres Play Policy - December 2011 929 KB 3secs @ 2Mbps
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Contact information

  • 0800 169 8833
  • Children and Young People's Information Service, Startpoint Sholing, Wood Close, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 0SG