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Bright Start Family Support Service

Coronavirus update: If you have a family support worker they will continue to remain in contact with you during this period. If you would like to speak to a Bright Start family support worker please email:;;

If you are not sure which Bright Start area you are in, please contact Islington Family Information Service: 020 75275959;

Family Support Surgeries, Monday-Friday between 9am-12noon

If you have a question, need some information, advice or guidance our family engagement workers are still here to talk over the phone. If lines are busy, leave a message or text and we will get back to you when we can. If you want to speak to someone outside of these hours please send us an email.

Bright Start family support - part of Islington's Early Help services - provides outreach, individual assistance and signposting services for families with under fives in local neighbourhoods. Working in local children’s centre, family support workers act as a bridge and resource for families who need help with accessing services. They also introduce families to their local children’s centre activities.

Who to contact

020 7527 5959 - To find the relevant Bright Start area, phone the Family Information Service or see


Upper Street
N1 1XR

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Within Children's Centre opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Some centres open on Saturday mornings. See Bright Start Timetables for Family Support Surgery sessions.

Other Details

Age Ranges
Parents-to-be and parents and carers of children under 5 years
Cost Details
Free of charge
Who is this service for?
The service is for all parents-to-be and parents and carers of children under 5 years. Families can come to children’s centres and other Bright Start venues to have an enjoyable time, meet other parents and carers or access many of the services available. These include a rang of health services, housing and finance advise, help with employment and family learning.
Can I refer myself?
How to refer or apply

For more information or to self-refer, please drop in to a Family Support surgery at your nearest Children's Centre. Alternatively, you can contact the Family Information Service who can pass on your details to a member of the family support team: 020 7527 5959;

Practitioners wanting to refer will need to complete an Islington Children's Services Contact Team (CSCT) request for service form; apply online 

Additional Languages
Bengali/Sylheti, Somali, Turkish
Record updated: 27/03/2020