Do you use your local Children’s Centre?
Would you know where to find your nearest Children’s Centre or what it offers?
The Children’s Centres in Richmond Borough offer a wide programme of activities for parents and pre-schoolers, including free help and advice on everything from breastfeeding to first aid – and a varied programme of musical fun, messy play, baby signing, massage, yoga, developmental play and social groups for mums, dads and carers.
For anyone who’d like to know more, this guest article from Richmond Council has been freshly updated and helps to demystify the topic of our local Children’s Centres.
What is a Children’s Centre?
Children’s Centres aim to provide children and their families with the best start in life. They offer a fun, friendly and safe place for children to play and develop, and a place for families to talk to each other. They aim to support you from pregnancy to when your child starts school. Whether you are a parent-to-be, a Mum, Dad, Grandparent or guardian/carer, you are welcome to go along..
Why should I go to a Children’s Centre and what do they offer?
There are lots of services offered, including activities for parents and children to enjoy together and specialist support services. At each Children’s Centre, you can expect targeted support from/for:
- Speech and language
- Health and development checks
- Families with English as an additional language
- Special Educational/Additional needs
- Domestic Violence
- Young Parents
- Stay and Play
- Baby Massage
- Paediatric First Aid
- Tiny Teddies
- Messy Play
- Bumps and Babies
- Crawlers and Explorers
- Adult education/community learning (Crafting, ESOL etc)
- North Barnes Children’s Centre, Lowther Primary School, Barnes, SW13 9AE; Mortlake Children and Family Centre, Mullins Path, North Worple Way, Mortlake, SW14 8EZ
- Mortlake Powerstation, 121a Mortlake High Street, Mortlake, SW14 8SN
- The Windham Croft Centre for Children and Families, 20 Windham Road, Richmond, TW9 2HP.
Plus lots more fun activities for you and your child(ren) to enjoy together, such as:
Programmes at each Children’s Centre will vary. Check out each individual Children’s Centre page below to find up-to-date programme information.
Children’s Centre’s work as part of a multi-agency team Borough-wide, so even if they cannot help you directly from the Children’s Centre, they will almost certainly know someone who can!
Can anyone attend a Children’s Centre?
You can attend your local Children’s Centre if you are pregnant or have a child(ren) up to the age of 5 years old. To benefit from these exciting sessions and support, OFSTED requires Children’s Centres to register their families. You can do this free by picking up a registration form in any of the Children’s Centre’s, or by clicking here!
Where are the local Children’s Centres?
Ham Children’s Centre, Ashburnham Road, Ham, TW10 7BG. This Children’s Centre is on the St Richard’s School site and the centre is also linked with Meadlands School. is on the St Richard’s School site and the centre is also linked with Meadlands School.
Heathfield Children’s Centre, Powdermill Lane, Whitton, TW2 6EX. This Children’s Centre is on the site of Heathfield Infant School site.
Stanley Children and Family Centre, Strathmore Road, Teddington, TW11 8UH
Norman Jackson Children’s Centre, Windmill Road, Hampton Hill, TW12 1QU and Tangley Park Children and Family Centre, 1 Bramble Lane, Hampton, TW12 3XB
Other nearby Centres at Kew, Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen
What’s the cost/who pays for them?
Some sessions are agreed by each Children’s Centre’s advisory board and paid for by Richmond Borough Council and other sessions are run by experienced volunteers. There may be a small charge for some services and donations are welcomed to help with the running of the Children’s Centre’s and their services.