London Borough of Croydon

Parenting support

  • parenting hub - Best Start also offers parenting programmes provided by the Best Start parenting hub to help you manage your children's behaviour and promote healthy child development and require a referral form to be completed; for more information contact
  • parenting booklet

  • Best Start Family Solutions for children and families, a service that works with a range of organisations and agencies to help you identify areas of your life that you would like to improve and support you to do this; for more information, take a look at the leaflet and poster below:

    Best Start Family Solutions leaflet for children and families

    Best Start Family Solutions poster for children and families

  • the parent infant partnership works with parents-to-be and parents of babies up to 24 months to build stronger and positive relationships with their babies; for more information download the flyer

Parenting classes

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) runs courses on being a parent. This 8 week course helps parents learn practical communication skills for everyday life and bring up confident, happy and co-operative children. This is a free course for mums, dads and carers of children aged 2 to 5. A limited crèche is available for babies and children up to 4 years. The courses are at 3 locations:

Castle Hill Early Years Centre

Wednesdays, 9.30am to 11.30am

25 September (introductory session), then weekly from 2 October to 27 November (not including school half-term)

Castle Hill Early Years Centre, Dunley Drive, New Addington CR0 0RJ, at the junction of Fieldway and Dunley Drive

For booking and crèche enquiries contact Karen Allum,, 01689 847136, or contact EPEC on 020 3228 3914 or

Aerodrome Children’s Centre

Fridays, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

27 September (introductory session), then weekly from 4 October to 29 November (not including school half term)

Aerodrome Children’s Centre, Violet Lane, Croydon CR0 4HN

For booking and crèche enquiries contact or call 020 8688 7710

Byron Children's Centre

Fridays, 10am to midday

27 September (introductory session), then weekly from 4 October to 29 November (not including half term on 1 November)

Byron Children's Centre, St David's, Coulsdon CR5 2XE

For booking and enquiries contact Lara Burgess on 020 8763 6285 or contact EPEC on 020 3228 3914 or


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