London Borough of Croydon

Croydon Best Start

Croydon Best Start is a multi-agency model for improving universal and early intervention services from pregnancy until the child reaches five years old.  The aim is for every baby, child and young person to be equipped with social and emotional skills and resilience to maximise their life chances, enabling them to realise their potential.


Best Start is an umbrella of Services as follows:

  • Nine Best Start children’s centres across Croydon providing baby massage, stay and play sessions, speech and language support for under 5’s, bookstart and 2 year old funding support.
  • Parenting courses provided by the Best Start parenting hub to help parents manage their children's behaviour and promote healthy child development. For more information contact
  • Family nurse partnership is for young parents aged aged 19 years and under, going through their first pregnancy. The FNP provides a dedicated service to these parents including home visits.
  • The parent infant partnership work with parents-to-be and parents of babies up to 24 months to build stronger and positive relationships with their babies. For more information contact
  • Best Start Early Help offer a range of services to families (with at least one child under five) from universal support to access local services to 1-1 family support in the home. View our further information or email
  • The Early Learning Collaboration (ELC) are a partnership led by Crosfield nursery school and children’s centre to improve and maintain high quality childcare. They are responsible for providing training and support to nurseries, preschools and childminders.
  • The PRISM consortium deliver social communication delay support groups in Children’s centres. They are a partnership including the national autistic society, parenting in partnership and jubilee parenting.
  • Breastfeeding Support deliver breastfeeding ‘Baby Cafes’ and Mum2mum Peer Support Programmes. 
  • Parenting peer led support groups ‘empowering parents, empowering communities’ share tips on managing your child’s behaviour and how to communicate positively. A free course raising parental confidence with a crèche provided alongside.
  • Employability training delivered through children’s centres and other venues, providing free workshops to improve CV’s, budgeting skills and digital skills support. A free crèche is provided alongside the courses. 
  • Homestart provide a one to one home visiting service to support parents with a child under 5 and also a parent champion programme. For more information visit
  • Community builders work in the local community at grass roots level. They support and nurture interests of local parents helping them set up small projects. If you have a project or idea that you feel would benefit the local community please contact the community builder for your area: (Upper and South Norwood) (New Addington) (Selhurst) (Broadgreen) (Heathfield) (Thornton Heath) (Waddon)
  • Heath visiting – These are specialist community public health nurses who provide expert advice and support to families with children from antenatal period to five years old.
  • Midwifery – Antenatal care and postnatal care for up to 14 days for low risk families and up to 28 days for those requiring enhanced care
  • Early help workers provide targeted support for families in need, mainly working from community settings.