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Extended services: children's centres and extended schools

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Dudley's aim is to give children, young people and their families access to the best services and opportunities at places that are most convenient to them.

Through the development of extended services, we will help offer families a wide range of facilities, including childcare, family support and activities, in their own community.

In Dudley, extended services are delivered across the borough through children's centres and extended schools so that all children and young people - and their families - can benefit wherever they live.

We are currently building on many examples of excellent practice within our schools, children’s centres and partner agencies.

Over the next two years we will be developing a cluster approach within the five township areas of the borough, with schools and children’s centres linking together in networks with the aim of delivering better outcomes for all children and young people.

Children’s centres and extended schools are required to deliver services which meet the core offer requirements set by central Government. The core offer includes:

Children's centres:

  • family support and parental outreach
  • early education integrated with childcare linked to children’s centres
  • child and family health services
  • links to Jobcentre Plus
  • swift and easy access to targeted and specialist services


Extended schools:

  • parenting support
  • varied menu of activities (including study support and childcare)
  • community access
  • swift and easy access to targeted and specialist services


Central team

We have a small central extended services strategy team whose responsibility is to support the implementation of both strategies across the borough.


Contact Details

  • Name Extended Services
  • Address Westox House, St James Road, Dudley, DY1 1JQ
  • Telephone 01384 816429
  • Fax 01384 814216