PARENTS of children aged under five are being urged to become members of their local children’s centre, to make sure they know about all the help and advice that is available to give their child the best start in life.

There are 12 Children’s Centres across Swindon, which provide a wide range of services to families. Becoming a member will ensure that parents are fully aware of what is available to them and will know where to go if they need advice or support.

The services available at all centres include health and education services for parents, carers and their children from birth to four years of age, support for families, free early education sessions and affordable full or part-time day care and help with employment and training for parents through Jobcentre Plus and the colleges.

Councillor Fionuala Foley, Swindon Council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Many parents know about the services at children’s centres and regularly make use of them, but there could be others who may feel they don’t need the services now.’’ The 12 centres in Swindon are run on behalf of the council by a variety of providers. Parents can find out more at