Children's centres

Services offered at all children's centres

Children's centres are developed in line with the needs of the local community, so all centres are different. However, there's a core set of services they must provide:

  • child and family health services, ranging from health visitors to breastfeeding support
  • most centres offer high quality childcare and early learning - those that don't can help advise on local childcare options
  • advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families like speech therapy, healthy eating advice or help with managing money 
  • help for you to find work or training opportunities, using links to local Jobcentre Plus offices and training providers

The services available to you will depend on your local area. At many children's centres you can:

  • see a dentist, dietician or physiotherapist
  • visit the 'stop smoking' clinic
  • get faster access to expert advice, support and short-term breaks if your child has learning difficulties or disabilities
  • talk to Citizens Advice
  • take parenting classes
  • improve your English, if it's not your first language, with someone from your own culture

Page last updated: 14 January 2019