The Red Oak Sure Start Children’s Centre
The Red Oak Sure Start Children’s Centre is open 8am-6pm Monday- Friday (8.30am-4.30pm during school holidays) and has been rated by Ofsted as ‘good’.
Based on the site of Furzefield Primary school, we are at the heart of the Merstham community and are a ‘one-stop shop’ for children under 5 and their families. We provide advice, information, support, courses, activities and more. We also have an onsite preschool.
Our area primarily covers Merstham, Bletchingley, Nutfield and South Nutfield, although families from anywhere are welcome to access our services and activities. Priority when needed, will be given to families inside our reach area.
Please send us your feedback on any activities or groups you have attended at the Children’s Centre, as this will help us make sure we’re providing the right services as well as where we need to improve.
As you may know there will be changes this year to children’s centres and how Surrey County Council supports families.
The new approach will involve Surrey County Council focusing its resources on helping the families most in need of support, which means that some of the existing children’s centres will close and others will become Family Centres. Surrey County Council will no longer provide universal services for all families at Family Centres but other organisations, such as health visitors, may offer these at the centres and at other community venues.
You can use the Family Information Directory to find universal and other services, support groups, activities, events and more.
The changes will take place at different times across Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs, so to make sure families can find out what is happening in their area the district and borough pages on the Family Information Service website will be regularly updated from April. They will provide information about when current activities offered at children’s centres will close and where Family Centres will open.
In addition there is a new page on the website which provides information about the final proposals that were agreed by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. This also has a link to the results of the consultation that was undertaken to get views and suggestions on the draft proposals.