First national Sure Start Children’s Centre week comes to Merton


All nine of the borough’s Sure Start centres will be hosting a variety of events for all the family.

By Kerry-Ann Virgo

Children’s centres in Merton are currently enjoying celebrations as part of the first National Sure Start Children’s Centre Week which began on Monday. 

All nine of the borough’s Sure Start Centres will run free activities this week including sports days, kids clubs, competitions, messy play and even a fun food factory. 

The week will conclude with a family party at Lavender Steers Mead Children’s Centre in Mitcham on Friday afternoon. 

Sure Start Centres which are aimed at the under 5s, provide early education, childcare and family support to give children a positive start in life. 

Kirsty Jeffrey, Children’s Centre Coordinator, at the Avenue Children’s Centre on Whatley Avenue, Raynes Park, said: “It’s a great place to meet people, particularly for first time mums.” 

Jo Dennis, 34, a parent who attends the Avenue Centre twice a week, said: “I only started going out of convenience as I only live ten minutes away, but from day one I was hooked.” 

Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears said: “This week is an opportunity for local people to find out more about what goes on at their children’s centre, while taking part in a number of fun, free activities for all the family.” 


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