About family hubs

Our family hubs offer help and support to families across Redcar and Cleveland.

Our family hub services are based on the needs of local people and provide children and families with all the help and support they may need.

The offer of early help support starts in the antenatal period for parents-to-be and provides help up to families until your child reaches primary school.

If you are looking for childcare, private day nurseries or after school provision, please contact the FIS Families information service on this number 01642 444532

What does the family hub offer?

Open access groups, just drop in: -

  • Breast Friends – A social group for breast feeding families with planned fun activities. Come along for a chat and get to know other breast-feeding families in the area. Support is also available from our trained staff. We also welcome pregnant parents to be. The Breastfeeding Helpline is available 365 days a year from 9:30am until 9:30pm and can be contacted by calling 0300 100 0212.
  • Starting Solids – Introducing solid foods at six months. Come to a Starting Solids workshop to help you get your baby off to a great start. The workshop will help you decide when your baby is ready to try solid food, what foods to start with, when your baby is hungry and when they’ve had enough; and how to make mealtimes an enjoyable experience for both of you.
  • New Parents Group - An open access group for new parents who have recently had a baby, with opportunities to play, explore and learn.  Support and discussion around baby’s brain development, sensory play, sleep, routines and general advice and guidance is available. A chance to chat with other new parents. This session is available from new-born until they become mobile.
  • Little Explorers - This session is aimed at children under five years, to provide active play opportunities for families using our family hub space to play, explore and learn, and meet other families from your local area.
  • Wake Up Shake Up –This session is a great way to start the day and stay active whilst learning new songs and having fun along the way! Join us for some singing, dancing and action songs.
  • Healthy Start Vitamins - Free vitamins from public health can be sourced through your local family hub. If you are pregnant, if you are breastfeeding or have children under four who have stopped taking formula milk, these vitamins are for you.

Find out more by downloading the Family Hub and Health Visitors pathway document below. This outlines what the services do and how they can help and support your family:

We also offer a range of referral only programmes including:

  • Wriggle, Read and Rhyme (with Bookstart) – a session for parent/carer and child aged two years and above in a group environment. This session promotes early communication and language whilst supporting parents to improve the home learning environment by regularly sharing stories, books and rhymes.
  • Chat, Sing and Read at Home (0-5 year olds) – a package of support delivered in the home to enhance the home learning environment whilst promoting communication and language. Families will also be supported to access community groups in their local area;
  • Early Years Parenting Support (0-5 yr. olds) – support and information is provided to help parents feel more confident in parenting including topics such as regarding routines and boundaries;
  • HENRY Programme – HENRY supports families in choosing healthy lifestyles, including making health food choices for their children and gives parents and carers ideas for lots of fun ways to get children moving around.
  • Home Safety Assessments – This is an assessment visit which looks at risks within the home environment followed by advice on equipment and how to keep the home safe.  Safety messages will be shared, and a Fire Safety Referral may be completed to the Cleveland Fire Brigade if necessary. Aimed at families with children aged 0-5 years old.

Families may be referred into these programmes in a number of ways including:

  • Health Visitors,
  • School Nurses,
  • Your local school,
  • Your local family hub to discuss.

If you could benefit from any of these programmes, contact your local family hub to discuss. You can find information about how to contact your local family hub on the 'find your local family hub' page.