London Borough of Croydon

Best Start courses

Courses run by Best Start are for families who have at least 1 child under 5 years old. Crèches are provided for courses held at the children centres.

  • 1 to 1 employment support at Ecclesbourne Childrens Centre
    first Monday of every month from midday to 2pm
    call 020 8684 5704 to book a place
  • 1 to 1 employment support at Thornton Heath library
    second Tuesday of every month from 11.30am to 1.30pm
    call 020 3700 1023 for more information and to book a place
  • employment and self-employment 1 to 1 advice clinic at Woodlands Childrens Centre
    first Tuesday of every month from 9.30am to 11.30am
    call 020 8916 0543 or email admin@woodlandscc.info to book a place
  • employment and self-employment 1 to 1 advice clinic at Norbury Library
    first Thursday of every month 11am to midday
    call 020 3603 1140 or email events@myoutspace.co.uk to book a place
  • employment and self-employment 1 to 1 advice clinic at Shirley Childrens Centre
    second Monday of every month, midday to 2pm
    call 020 8777 2119 to book a place
  • employment and self-employment 1 to 1 advice clinic at Broad Green Library
    second Friday of every month, 1pm to 3pm
    call 020 3603 1140 events@myoutspace.co.uk to book a place

Best Start digital zones

If you’re looking to get back to work, brush up on interview skills, CV writing, help your children stay safe online then pop into one of our new digital zone sessions every Thursday form 10am to 2pm in the children’s area of Central Croydon Library!

For more information email events@myoutspace.co.uk.

Do you have a hobby/talent you would like to share with your community?

Our Best Start community builders are here to support you, from looking for venues and bringing together key people to sourcing start-up funding for the activity. If you have an idea, then please get in contact with your community builder below:

To find out more about the Best Start community builders visit https://www.cvalive.org.uk/abcd/our-abcd-projects/best-start/.

Activities in the community

Circle of parents - kid's corner

Mum's space

Chill and chat

Ladies-only fitness

Circle of friends

Kids adventure play

Peer to peer support groups

Employment advice clinic

Community coffee morning

Money matters

Parent and baby group

New free parent and toddler group in Thornton Heath, supported by our community builders. Every Friday 10.30am to midday. Contact 020 3252 0007

Download the event information.

Squatsntots

A free local community group in Norbury set up to provide gentle exercise for mums with babies and a place to meet and relax over a cup of tea.

All welcome. See flyer for more details.