Pre-school Learning Alliance Lewisham Service Hub delivers a wide range of services supporting children and families across the borough of Lewisham.
Our pre-schools and children’s centres provide a warm welcome for you and your family from pre-birth through to primary school, with some services for older children in the family too. As well as good quality childcare from 2 years upwards, we have a wide range of family activities too. From a fun stay and play session to a baby group, from a family cooking session to a music session, or from a parenting course, ESOL class or employability workshop to 1:1 support in the family home, we are here to help you and your family.
We have a firm focus on outdoor learning in our pre-schools and in many of our children’s centre sessions, encouraging exploration and discovery and reaping the health benefits of the outdoors from the very earliest months in your child’s life. We provide wet weather clothing and footwear so we are ready for all seasons!
Phone: 020 8695 5955
Meet the Team
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Manager with overall responsibility for the Service Hub
LISA SCOTT KEEN
Responsible for Parenting, Volunteering and Integrated Programmes for the Service Hub
BUSINESS SERVICES MANAGER
Responsible for all finance and business support for the Service Hub
CHILDCARE SERVICES MANAGER
Responsible for the management of childcare settings within the Service Hub and support for member settings in the local area
We manage high quality sessional pre-schools which have a focus on learning outdoors:
For further information on any of these pre-schools, please contact LYNN ATTOE our Childcare Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the links to each pre-school's website below which give individual details about each setting.
Cherry Blossom Pre-school
2 - 5 years
Beckenham Place Park
118 Old Bromley Road
020 8460 0223/07963 248280
2 - 5 years
30 Rushey Mead
London SE4 1JJ
Camelot Pre-school and Family Learning Centre
2 - 5 years
50 Meliot Road
020 8461 1615
Bellingham Children’s Centre, Torridon Children’s Centre, Ladywell Children’s Centre, Manor House Children’s Centre deliver a wide range of children’s centre services, including our DISCOVERY BUS!
Children’s Centres provide a warm welcome for you and your family from pre-birth through to primary school, with some services for older children in the family too.
We have a firm focus on outdoor learning, so you will find that many of our sessions encourage exploration of the outdoors from the very earliest months in your child’s life. We provide wet weather clothing and footwear so we are ready for all seasons.
We believe that children learn best by playing, exploration, discovery and conversation and all our sessions promote active learning through play.
Nearly all the services and group sessions in the centres are free unless it specifically mentions a charge. You are very welcome to just turn up at any session, unless pre-booking is required. Details can be found on our website (see below).
It is also important that you are supported too as mothers, fathers and carers - we offer 1:1 support in your home or in the community as well as parenting courses and other forms of help and information about other services you might benefit from.
If you feel nervous or unsure about accessing any of our centres or services for the first time, call us and we will arrange for someone to meet you. We can provide a friendly worker to talk to if you are feeling low or having a problem you need help with.
If you want to make a referral for 1:1 family support, please email CHRISTINE FISHER our Family Support Manager on Lewisham.Secure@pre-school.org.uk
For a copy of our current Children’s Centre timetable, and more details about the wide range of activities and services on offer for families, please click here.
Lewisham Children’s Centres cover the whole of the borough and are split into numbered areas.
Area 1: Evelyn, New Cross, Telegraph Hill & Brockley
Area 2: Lewisham Central, Blackheath, Lee Green, Ladywell, Crofton Park & Rushey Green
Area 3: Downham, Grove Park, Catford South & Whitefoot
Area 4: Forest Hill, Sydenham, Perry Vale & Bellingham
The Pre-School Learning Alliance run services in:
Area 2: Ladywell Children’s Centre
Manor House Children’s Centre
Area 3: Camelot Family Learning Centre
Torridon Children’s Centre
Toy Library & Resource Centre
Area 4: Bellingham Children’s Centre
Visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/childrenscentres for details of other centres and providers in the borough.
Please contact LOSCINIA SMARTH our Children’s Centre Manager email@example.com
We have an in-house family support team who can support families with difficult and stressful situations, or just give some advice and help with finding the right service or support, or with finding a nursery place for your child.
If you want further details on the family support we can offer, including our Family Pathways Project, please contact CHRISTINE FISHER our Family Support Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer targeted support for families in the family home and in the community, a wide range of parenting courses including Incredible Years and Triple P, and a Triple P for Dads only too.
We deliver the Community Groups Programme, a recovery programme for children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence and abuse,
If you want to refer a family to one of our parenting courses, to the Community Groups programme, or for 1:1 family support, or if a family wants to self-refer to any of these services, please email CHRISTINE FISHER, our Family Support Manager at our secure emailLewisham.Secure@pre-school.org.uk
We accept referrals on a CAF, or for a copy of our Referral Form, please click here
For details of our Family Pathways Project, which supports children 5 - 10 years and their families, please go to www.familypathwayslewisham.org.uk for further information.
Training and Support
We also support Alliance member settings in Lewisham and have a Training Booklet on the support packages and training we offer, including First Aid, Safeguarding and pre-Ofsted audits, outdoor learning, payroll packages and much more. We can also offer bespoke training packages to your staff team.
We also have a lot of training courses for professionals working in the areas of family support, children’s centres, domestic abuse, attachment and working with vulnerable families and children.
Phone: 020 8695 5955
We are currently looking for volunteers to help out in our pre-schools, children’s centres and toy library. Anything from washing and checking toys through to supporting children’s learning. We are also always keen to have volunteers to help us with our websites, to help with gardening and cutting grass, to drive our community bus, carry out routine maintenance and odd jobs.
Do you have time to volunteer and support local families and gain a qualification too? Become a Community Parent. Me and My Community Course with free crèche starting very soon. For more info on volunteering for us in Lewisham contact CHRIS ELLINSON at email@example.com
We are recruiting now for Roots of Empathy Volunteer Instructors. For more info or to come along to one of our briefing sessions contact CELIA AKENHEAD firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a school wanting to take part in Roots of Empathy this year, contact CELIA AKENHEAD email@example.com
Want to influence services in your local area? Are you a parent, grandparent or other family member? Are you interested in doing volunteer research in the community to help shape local services? Contact KAREN BALL at Impact Matters to join the next Community Conversations course firstname.lastname@example.org