• Midlothian Sure Start is proud to have served the communities of Midlothian for over 25 years. The history of our organisation begins in 1992, when ‘Stepping Forward’ (now Penicuik Family Learning Centre) was set up as a local community organisation in Penicuik for families with young children. The uptake for Stepping Forward brought to light the need for similar services throughout Midlothian and in 1994 our second centre, ‘Family Reachout’ (now Mayfield Family Learning Centre), opened its doors to the families of Mayfield, allowing accessible support to take place in both ends of Midlothian.

    At the beginning of 2001, after years of successful operation in Penicuik and Mayfield respectively, the centre’s amalgamated under the new name ‘Midlothian Sure Start’ and a joint identity was created. However, this was only the beginning and the goal of bringing our services to families across Midlothian was further realized over the next two years, with the development of 3 part time centres in Bonnyrigg, Gorebridge and Woodburn – making our services even more accessible.

    This expansion also introduced cross-centre working into Midlothian Sure Start through parenting support and therapeutic services. This is something that has remained core to the ethos of the organisation to this day

    Our 6th centre opened its doors in Loanhead in 2004. From there, our PEEP groups started the same year and our Dads and grandparents services were developed throughout 2008/9, along with our baby massage classes – which developed into the ‘A Good Start’ programme. In 2014 the Scottish Government implemented a policy that provided two year old children with 600 hours of free childcare per year, if they met certain eligibility criteria.  This service in Midlothian is called ‘A Good Time to be 2’, and when this was rolled out our 4 part time centres became full time.  

    With our 6 family learning centres, several projects and a staff team off over 90 dedicated employees, Midlothian Sure Start has grown to become a trusted, respected and valued organisation within our local authority area and this is a reputation that we are immensely proud off.

    • Family Learning Centres
    • Hours Of Free Care Per Child Each Year
    • Dedicated Employees
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