About Children's Centres

Children’s Centres offer a fun, friendly and safe place for children to play and develop, and a place for families to talk to each other.

You can meet a wide range of professionals who can support you from pregnancy to when your child starts school. Whether you are a parent-to-be, a Mum, Dad, Grandparent or carer, you will be welcome.

Every children's centre has Family Support Workers and Childrens and Family Workers who can provide extra help when you need it. They could meet you at home, at a community venue or at the Children’s Centre to talk through any concerns you may have. If you feel you would like some support to be able to attend an activity they can accompany you. They are also available to offer support to help families access specialist support should they need it.

What services do children’s centres offer?

Children’s centres are a partnership between the Council, schools, the Primary Care Trust, Richmond Housing Partnership, the Metropolitan Police, the voluntary and community sector, Jobcentre Plus, the private sector and local families.

Children’s centres offer:

  • Early years provision
  • Family support and parental outreach
  • Child and family health services
  • Parental involvement
  • Links with Jobcentre Plus
  • Support and outreach services to parents/carers and children who have been identified as in need of them
  • Information and advice to parents and carers on a range of subjects
  • Support to childminders via a co-ordinated network
  • Drop-in sessions and other activities for children, parents and carers
  • Midwifery and health visiting services
  • Adult education and family learning
  • Specialist services such as speech and language therapy and child and adolescent mental health support


Register at your local children’s centre to take advantage of the autumn programme and find out what is happening later in the year.

Register now

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Updated: 6 October 2017