Sure Start Introduction
A warm welcome is always awaiting you and your family at the Brompton Sure Start Children's Centre, based within the school site. We are here for you, from your pregnancy, right through to your child's transition into primary school.
Our enthusiastic and committed staff are highly trained. They are always available with a listening ear, offering support for you and your family, whatever your needs.
A wide range of activities are on offer providing opportunities to learn new skills and develop confidence whist having fun. Your child can make new friends as they play, while you may need advice on family matters, job training or childcare while having a coffee and a chat with others.
The health visitors and midwives run clinics from the centre, (please see timetable) offering health and parenting support.
Meet the Team
Julie Flain - Community Liaison Officer
Julie is married and has two daughters. She has worked in Early Years Education for the past 10 years. She originally started out as a volunteer in a Medway Primary School working in reception and years 1 & 2. She then applied for the role of a Nursery Practitioner at a private nursery in Rainham where she studied and gained qualifications in Early Years Care & Education NVQ2 and NVQ3 and basic sign language. Julie was promoted to Nursery Supervisor and enjoyed the challenge of not only supporting children and families but staff members too. As part of her professional development journey she decided to apply for a job in a school environment here at Brompton-Westbrook where she worked for 2 years.
Whilst at Brompton-Westbrook nursery, she worked closely with the Sure Start team taking a keen interest in the work that they carry out within the community. In January 2013 she joined the team as a Community Liaison Officer and continues to develop her skills and knowledge in child development.
Julie enjoys working in partnership with health and supporting the needs of families and children.
Shona Budge - Community Liaison Officer
Shona is married with two children studying at secondary school. She has worked with children and families in schools and children’s centres for 9 years. During this time she has successfully organised many extra activities and clubs for children in partnership with different organisations within varied communities. Shona has managed a school library abroad and after-school club timetable. She has experience of living and working around the world and travelling with young children, making supporting transition for children a key focus of hers. Shona began working at Brompton Westbrook Primary School in 2007. Shona has lived in the Medway area for over 10 years, and has built up extensive knowledge of the community and agencies in the area ,with vast experience in supporting families in accessing these services.
She has now worked running fun, educational sessions for parents and children together and supporting families, in Brompton Children’s Centre for 6 years and quotes ,“I am extremely lucky to be part of such a diverse and strong community, and I am privileged to be able to meet, guide and support so many families along the pathways they choose”.
Lisa Bowie - Sure Start Administrator
Lisa joined the Centre in September 2014, as our Administrator. Her main duties are to be first point of contact for Centre users, taking bookings for our sessions and office administrative duties. Lisa has over twenty years' secretarial and administrative experience where she was based in London. Following the births of her two daughters, Lisa wanted a career change working in a supportive role that she could relate to. Lisa is a user of various Sure Start Centres in Medway and took an interest in working in a Centre environment.
Should you need to contact Lisa or any member of the Sure Start team, please call us on 01634 844152 (option 1).
support our community, families and children to grow, share, love and laugh
The timetable is available here, or from the Pavilion. You can also find information on our Sure Start Notice Boards at the main entrance of both Brompton Westbrook and St. Mary's Island Primary Schools. The programme of activities take place at the Centre, St Mary's Island School and The Lampard Centre, a local community centre.
There is a wonderful collection of books for both children and parents in the lending libraries. These can be found in the Pavilion and within groups at St. Mary's Island. Come and borrow a book today!
During the holidays we organised activities for parents/carers and their children, within the community. Everyone had a fantastic time. Over the summer holidays of 2015 we held activities over 22 days where 1169 children and parents attended.
- Throughout the year we hold extra events, these include: Culture mornings, talks on various subjects, forums for parents and charity events.