Best Start Communities Count

Delivering a range of family based activities focusing on those with children under five.

Contacting Best Start:

Urgent enquiries – Phone or Text Fiona on Mob: 0750 707 2134.

Invoice Address: Best Start Communities Count, Regen 35, MCDT Ltd, Norfolk House, Sheffield, S2 5HR

Best Start Communities Count is a Big Lottery funded project delivering a range of family based activities focusing on those with children under five.  The project aims to harness the enthusiasm of local people to work together and improve the life for young families in the Manor Castle, Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne, Darnall & Tinsley, Shiregreen & Brightside areas of Sheffield.

Our Project Manager, Sarah Newton and Community Development Worker, Fiona Spotswood work with a team of dedicated Early Years Practitioners to establish accessible toddler groups within these communities and to train parent volunteers to help keep these groups going and become self-sustaining long into the future.

Toddler Groups

Bring your under 5’s along to play & meet other parents £2 per adult & child. 50p per additional child. Snack included.





Group Facebook page


9.15am – 11.15am
(term time only)

St John’s Church,

555 East Bank Road, Sheffield, S2 2AGManor Castle, Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne


9.15am – 11.15am
(term time only

St Leonard’s Church,

331, Arbourthone Road, Sheffield, S2 3RD


9.15am – 11.15am
(term time only

The Pat Midgley
Community Hub

Manor Oaks Road, Sheffield, S2Manor Castle, Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne


9.30am – 11.30am
(term time only

Geadless Toddlers

Terry Wright Community Hall,
569 Gleadless Road, Sheffield, S2 2BT


9.15am – 11.15am
(term time only

St Swithun’s Church,

2 Cary Road, Sheffield, S2 1 JPManor Castle, Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne

School holiday activities

for the whole family

Best Start Communities Count also organise school holiday activities for the whole family, including trips to the seaside, cook and eat sessions, fun days and discos. Alongside this we provide creative activities and courses just for parents – with free crèche spaces available for childcare.

Many of the activities are directed by input from the community and we welcome as many parents and local representatives onto the Community Partnership Board as possible. Please do get in touch if you want to get involved as your voice matters!

For the latest information about Toddler Groups and activities please follow the Facebook Page for your area:

Manor Castle
Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne
Darnall & Tinsley
Shiregreen & Brightside

In April 2023 we were thrilled to receive £1440 from Asda Community Fund to help cover rents rising due to the cost of living. Not only does this keep our groups running for local families, but also helps keep our community buildings open in these challenging times.

£1440, Asda Community Fund

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