Family Support at Pen Green

We offer families in Corby a wide range of groups, activities and family support services. We can support families from pregnancy (antenatal), right through to when your child starts primary school.

Family support at Pen Green can take many forms:

Drop-in Spaces

We have two drop-in spaces at Pen Green, The Family Room and Adult Infant Drop-in. Led by members of the Family Support Team. Both spaces provide support for families in in a friendly environment with opportunities for you and your children to play.

Early Help

All Families can experience some challenging times. Early help means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems.

The Early Help Assessment tool (EHA) is a simple way to help identify the needs of children and families and make a plan to meet those needs. This is a share approach between the family support worker and the parents to make sure that whatever support and help is needed this will be co-ordinated so that no-one misses out on the support they may need.

A family can ask for any early help assessment themselves or they can ask one of the workers in the centre or any other professional( e.g. a health visitor or midwife) to organise this for them.

Family Visiting

Visiting families in their own home is one of the ways we can provide consistent support to families. We may be doing so to encourage a new family to come and use our facilities. We may be visiting a family who are unable to leave their home. Some staff are asked to visit families regularly to monitor their progress and safety. Sometimes if we have not seen a family for a few days or weeks we may pop out to see them at home to make sure everyone is doing ok. We have policies and training in place to ensure visits are conducted safely for staff and families. If we are unable to meet families at home, it is also possible to meet in the centre.

Groupwork Programme

The Pen Green Groupwork Programme is a comprehensive range of activities and support groups for families. As well as fun activities for carers and children, we also offer specialist support services including:

  • Maternal health support groups (GAP and Great Expectations)
  • Infant mental health services
  • Targeted groups for carers facing specific challenges such as domestic violence

View our current Groupwork timetable for more information

Nurture Group

Nurture Group is a referral service for a small number of local families facing complexities. The Nurture Team work with all members of the family to provide emotional and practical support. Workers support children through secure attachment, increasing their confidence and raising their self esteem. This enables the child to develop their own sense of self, and to successfully access the range of play and social opportunities available to them in nursery.

Nurture workers also support the emotional needs of carers. They work alongside parents as they access other services available to them, and by encouraging them to take a proactive role in their child’s learning and development at home and in nursery.

Corby Children's Centre Services Referral

Parents can refer themselves to the Children’s Centre or a professional might make a referral on your behalf.  Forms can be returned to any Corby Children’s Centre reception or emailed to CorbyChildrenCentres@northamptonshire.gov.uk