Births to be registered in centres

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A joint project will see babies’ births being registered in children’s centres in the county for the first time.

Northumberland County Council has teamed up with Barnardo’s after an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sure Start suggested a best practice project of registrars working out of children’s centres.

It is hoped parents will benefit from accessible, child friendly environments; help with completing child benefit paperwork and registering for the library bookstart packs.

They will also get help with anything relating to their new baby’s future development.

New parents will be able to ‘drop-in’ to Blyth Sure Start centre on Tuesday mornings and register their baby’s birth with the registrar .

And will be able to get help with everything related to their baby’s future development at the Sure Start centre in Wright Street .

Dorothy Lewis, team leader responsible for supporting engagement of families, who is leading the project in the Barnardo’s Blyth centre, said: “Everyone in the children’s centres is excited about this offer to parents.

“We hope they will take up this offer and see what we can provide throughout all stages of children’s development from birth to starting school.”

The first session was held this week and future ones on Tuesdays will take place between 9.30am and 11.30am in the Wright Street centre.