Children's Centre Newsletter - 29th edition

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London Borough of Hounslow

       January Edition 2023

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What's on?

Happy New Year

Welcome to the January edition of our newsletter.  We would like to wish all a Happy New Year and hope you have the opportunity to visit one of our centres during the course of 2023.

As many of you will know, we published our new timetables in December, and have continued to introduce new sessions, which are proving incredibly popular. We are working with partner organisations to offer more services within the local community. 

From this month, Health Visitors will be increasing the number of development checks on two year olds within our centres.  If you live within the Borough of Hounslow and your child missed their check, you can arrange this by calling the Health Visiting team on 020 8973 3490.

We always value your feedback on our offer – positive or negative and use this to plan our timetables. Please continue to let us know your views – using the link below – as it will help us provide an even better offer for our families.


Children's Centre Timetables  

Spring Timetable - Tuesday, 3 January to Friday, 14 April 2023

East Area Timetable - Chiswick, Brentford and Isleworth

West Area Timetable - Feltham, Bedfont, Hanworth

Central Area Timetable - Heston, Cranford, Hounslow and Beavers

The latest spring timetables have now been issued and include activities from Tuesday, 3 January to Friday, 14 April 2023. On occasion, we do have to make changes to our timetables, so it's always a good idea to check the most recent copy. This can be found in the 'What's on' section of the Children's Centre pages, on the Family Services Directory. 

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Healthy Lifestyles

Want to keep active and making healthier lifestyle choices? We run a series of sessions including: 

  • Active Music at South Isleworth Children's Centre (East Area)
  • Mini Movers at Brentford Children's Centre (East Area) and Crane Park Children's Centre (West Area) in partnership with Dance Umbrella
  • Grub Club cooking course at Alf King Children's Centre (West Area)

For further information please see the Children's Centre Schedules.

Information on Childcare and Education

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Starting School in Hounslow – Reception 2023

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 they will start school in September 2023.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 15 January 2023.

Further Information and the application form can be found on our website

Late applications can severely reduce the chances of getting your preferred school. Please make your application on time.

If you need help or have any queries, contact the School Admissions Team on 020 8583 2721 or

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Thinking of taking a childcare place for your 2, 3 or 4 year old in 2023?

Is your child eligible to free/funded early learning and childcare? 

Some 2 year olds

Families with a 2-year-old child who are unemployed or who are working on a low income and receiving certain benefits.  This includes families getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

To see the full eligibility criteria and to apply please visit:

All 3 or 4 year olds (15 hours)

Families with either a 3 or 4‐year‐old child regardless of immigration status. 

No need to apply, to find out more please visit:

Some 3 or 4 year olds (30 hours)

Suitable for working families with 3 and 4‐year‐old child. This may also apply if a parent is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or is unable to work due to a disability or caring responsibilities

To see the full eligibility criteria and to apply please visit:

Please always check with your childcare provider to find out if any additional costs will apply.

Community Information

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Kew Gardens

Fancy exploring the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens this Winter? Families on universal credit can secure tickets for only £1! For further details please visit their website: Kew Gardens | Kew

Strep A infections - what you need to know

Strep A is a common bacteria that many of us carry in our throats and on our skin. Carrying it doesn't always lead to illness, but it can lead to Scarlet Fever and other infections, some of which can be serious. 

What to look for

Parents should look for symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, chills and muscle ache.

What to do 

Contact NHS 111 or your GP if: 

  • Your child is getting worse
  • Your child is feeding or eating much less than usual
  • Your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows signs of dehydration
  • Your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38C, or is three to six months and has a temperature of 39C or higher
  • Your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or they feel sweaty
  • Your child is tired and irritable

Contact 999 or go to A&E if:

  • Your child is having difficulty breathing
  • There are pauses when the child breathes
  • Your child's skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

More information please visit:

Back to school with a boost 

As children return to school this week, it is important to remember to take some simple steps to protect them from infectious illnesses. 

Cases of COVID-19 and flu are still being reported in Hounslow and health officials say they are likely to increase over the coming weeks. 

We must do all we can to minimise the spread of these infections in our schools and childcare settings. 

The advice from the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHA) is: if your child is feeling unwell and has a fever, they should stay home until they feel better and the fever has gone. 

Adults should also stay at home if they have these symptoms - if you have to go out, wear a face covering.

Teaching children the importance of good hygiene can also help. Regularly hand washing at home with soap and warm water and catching coughs and sneezes in tissue and binning them, can help slow the spread of illness.

Getting your child boosted is the best way to protect against the flu virus.

The flu vaccination is available for children aged two and three, all primary school children and some secondary school children. 

To find out more about COVID-19 and flu vaccinations in Hounslow, visit:

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Do you have any feedback or suggestions on our Children's Centre services?

Have you attended any of our sessions? Do you have any suggestions or ideas on our future services? If yes, please complete our online feedback form.