Children’s Centres are there to support mum, dad and baby, with friendly, experienced and qualified staff on hand to assist you with making choices and using services.
Children’s centres are great places for families and communities that can provide information on finding local services such as childcare, early education and healthcare, as well as advice on jobs and training. Many run stay and play sessions, where trained professionals will be on hand to help you support your child’s development.
If the centre is well run, it should feel welcoming for mums, dads and other family members like grandparents – and it can be a fantastic resource that allows you to meet up with other local families. Most children’s centre services are free, although for some activities there may be a small charge.
Look out for other local activities, such as swimming, baby massage, storytelling and arts and crafts, as well as outdoor parks and play areas. Community organisations and faith groups often run activities like parent and toddler groups. You may find this a good way to meet other parents and neighbours, and your child will enjoy meeting other babies and learning how to socialise.
Your local authority Family Information Service will be able to help you find activities for you and your family.
- Find a children’s centre local to you
- Contact your local authority Family Information Service
- What you can expect from Early Years care
- Guide to further information and support
- Find out what’s on near you
- 4Children’s 0-19 Children’s Centres
- Bumps & Babies informal groups run by NCT branches
- Start your own baby and toddler group