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Flying Start Central - Children's Centre

Welcome to Flying Start Central, delivering children’s centre services at Beech Hill, a one-stop shop for information and support.


What are Children’s Centres?

Children’s Centres provide a one-stop shop for information, advice and support for families with children under 5. Families benefit from a range of flexible services and support when they need it. Flying Start Central aims to support you in the everyday challenges of parenthood. At all venues you can expect a warm and friendly welcome. All our staff are on hand to help make Flying Start Central a very special place.


At the core of our centre is the aim of ensuring children are given the best possible start in life. Our venues have an open door and staff are ready, willing and able to help with a wide range of circumstances, offering encouragement and support for all concerned.


The centre works with the local community to offer support to those who need it. With your help, we constantly develop what we do and how we work, to improve outcomes for children and families and meet ever changing needs.


Did you know we are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, 51 weeks a year?


What you can expect?

Flying Start Central provides a wide range of services including:

  • Support in finding a job, accessing training opportunities and appointments with Luton Advice Network to advise on benefits, housing and financial issues.
  • Information on early year’s provision, both pre-school and nurseries and two year old funding for pre-school.
  • Information on Childminders and Childminder Support Groups.
  • Advice and support on a range of child and family health issues, through established links with health teams/professionals, such as health visitors, midwives, dieticians and oral health promotion.
  • Drop in sessions, Stay and Play sessions, providing activities for children to play and learn.
  • Support for families and children with additional needs.
  • Support into education and training.
  • Support for the victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
  • Family learning opportunities, to promote parents/careers awareness of children’s early learning through interactive sessions.
  • Our family workers offer advice and support on a wide range of subjects, signposting and supporting families with a variety of queries.
  • Support for children with disabilities including parent forum run by parents for parents.
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • Advice and support on infant feeding and weaning.


Tax Credits

Did you know you can get help with childcare costs? If you work and pay for childcare you may be able to get tax credits to help with the costs. You have to work for at least 16 hours a week to qualify. You may still qualify if you worked 16 hours or more before going on maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave.


You can get up to 80% of what you pay in childcare, the amount you get depends on your income. You can contact the Tax Credit Helpline on 0845 300 3900 or visit:


Please ask us for help if you would like more information.


Child Health Clinics

Child Health Clinic is held each Wednesday from 9.15am to 11.00am at our Blenheim Crescent venue.


Please call in to the Children’s Centre Reception if you would like any further information on any of our activities or to book on a course.



We would like your help to develop the services and activities we offer. We may ask you to spend a few minutes completing a questionnaire so that we can best meet your needs.


Parents’ Forum – Family Voices Group

Flying Start Central needs your help on our Parents’ Forum, a place for your views and ideas to be heard, to help with the overall development of the Children’s Centre. The Parents’ Forum is the voice of parents in the community, helping staff to develop the services for families with under-fives that are really needed. We would love to hear your ideas for activities that might run during school holidays or suggestions for ways that we can improve the services offered.


Please call our Children’s Centre and come along to find out more. We look forward to seeing you soon until then please visit our website



Tel: 01582 393440