Children's Centre/Better Start

Welcome to Better Start Streatham and Norwood

Better Start is a Lambeth wide initiative, which aims to improve the life chances of babies and very young children by making all the necessary support services and information easier to access.

The Better Start Programme seeks to improve the social and emotional development, communication and language, diet and nutrition of children in the early years.

Streatham & Norwood Better Start Area comprises a cluster of Children’s Centres situated in the South of the Borough of Lambeth.

Our service prioritises the needs of young families in the community, embracing its social, cultural and ethnic diversity. We also seek to promote the health and well-being of parents and carers. Our service package therefore includes a range of universal and targeted support for issues relating to parenting, physical and emotional health, finance, housing, benefits, childcare, child health, education and development.

Streatham Timetable  Summer 2024

Norwood  Summer 2024 Timetable

HENRY workshops and programmes (Evelina London)

…We operate across eight Children’s Centre sites in Streatham and Norwood as follows:


Benton’s Lane Children’s Centre

18 Benton's Lane, West Norwood, London SE27 9UD

Tel: 020 4542 3520 (opt 1)


Crown Lane Children’s Centre

Crown Lane, London SW16 3HX

Tel: 020 8670 4713


Hillside Gardens

Hillside Gardens Park, SW2 3HJ

(Please use Hitherfield Site telephone Number for enquiries)


Hitherfield Children’s Centre

Hitherfield Road SW16 2LW

Tel: 0208 835 9569


Rosendale Children’s Centre

Rosendale Road SE21 8LY

Tel: 020 8761 7411


Streatham Hub Children’s Centre

388 Streatham High Rd, Streatham, London SW16 6HX

(Please use Sunnyhill Site telephone Number for enquiries)


Sunnyhill Children’s Centre

Entrance on Harborough Road, Streatham, London SW16 2XW

Tel: 020 4548 2561 


Streatham Youth and Community Trust (SYCT)

The Hut, Streatham Vale Park, Abercairn Rd, SW16 5AL

Tel: 020 3146 4179


We are open Mondays to Fridays, 48 weeks a year between 8:30am and 4:30pm to all parents and carers with children under 5. 

Please call in at the Centre or look on line for a copy of the timetable, which will provide specific information about our activities and services.

We are committed to working together with local and, sometimes national organisations to ensure that all families with children aged between 0 and 5 years in our community have the best possible start.

Streatham & Norwood Better Start is committed to ensuring that all families have access to relevant information about what is happening in our centres and in the local community. We work in close partnership with other service providers to ensure that families in greatest need are supported to access the services and information they need in order to thrive and make good progress.

We can arrange an appointment with you to discuss your concerns in confidence and work with you, making links with other organisations to help you to find the right solutions for your needs.

If there is an issue that we cannot help you with directly, we will provide the necessary support for you to access services ensuring that you receive the right help. Our aim is to bring essential services closer to you, making it easier for you and your family to get the help you need in a welcoming and friendly environment.

If you would like more information about our Better Start services please call in at any of our centres or call 0208 835 9569.

If you prefer you can send an email:


Contact Us  

Address: Hitherfield Children’s Centre, Hitherfield Road Entrance, Streatham, London, SW16 2LW. 

Telephone: 0208 835 9569


Our staff team...

Executive Head Teacher - Christopher Ashley-Jones

Better Start Area Manager - Phyllis Hayden

Deputy Manager - Early Years and Family Practitioner - Tracy Lattimore

Deputy Manager - Better Start Services - Leona Waldropt-Thompson

Deputy Manager - Better Start Services 5-11yrs - Donna McAlister

Better Start Worker - Adele Malyon

Better Start Worker - Barbara Moonan

Better Start Worker - Eunice Millet

Better Start Worker - Maureen Shand

Better Start Worker 5-11yrs - Anita Humphreys

Better Start Worker 5-11yrs- Katrina Bignall

Early Years and Family Practitioner - Ashley Flood

Early Years and Family Practitioner - Deon Mitchell

Senior CC  Administrator - Natalie Smith

CC  Administrator - Catherine Medina

CC  Administrator - Thomas Phillips