Family Centre

The Family Centre provides services to children and families in Barton Hill and the surrounding areas.

We work in partnership with St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School & Barton Hill Children’s Centre and have links with the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre.

The Family Centre is proud to have been awarded the “Bristol Standard Quality Improvement for Birth to Five” certificate.

Family Centre Activities (Half-term)

Here is the Family Centre’s time table for half-term week, from May 29 to June 2 2017.

Family Centre Activities (Term-time)

Here’s what happens in the Family Centre each day, during term time. There is no charge for any of these activities. The sessions are for any parent, carer, grandparent, childminder etc. with children under 5 years, although some sessions are for specific groups of people, as indicated below.

Monday 9:30-11:00

Family Drop-In Session

With speech and language activities
Tuesday 9:15-12:15

ESOL class with creche

Tuesday 1:00-3:00

Family Drop-In Session

Wednesday 9:15-12:15

ESOL class with creche

Wednesday 1:00-2:30

Parents Group with creche

Thursday 9:30-11:30

Family Drop-In Session

With ‘messy play’ activities
Thursday 2:00-3:00

Open session for pregnant women and partners to visit the Family Centre

Until the end of August 2017. Free labour information pack available. More here
Friday 9:30-11:30

Babies and Bumps

This group is for new parents with babies under a year old and parents-to-be. This group introduces the families to Children’s Centre service very early on in their child’s lives and builds social networks. Meet in the Family Room.
Friday 9:30-11:30

Drop-In for Families with Children Under 2

Especially for local parents with children under 2. (See below for more details about drop-ins.)

All activities are FREE for parents, carers, grandparents, childminders and children.

Family Drop-In Sessions

Lots of messy play, including paint, dough, stories, singing, and outside activities in our large secure garden. We take lots of photos and record the children having a lovely time, enjoying the learning experiences on offer to them. There’s tea/coffee, and snack time for the children—donations of fruit welcome. ALL WELCOME!

Other Services and Activities


The Family Centre has two Outreach Workers, Joy Skinner and Monika Rosinska (who’s a Polish speaker). They can visit new families, either in your home or at a place convenient to you. They will explain the services we offer across the Barton Hill Children’s Centre area.

If you know anyone with children who would benefit from a visit, please contact Joy or Monika, on 0117 955 6971, ext. 150, for further information.

Visiting oral health worker

On Thursday March 24 between 9:30 and 11:30, an oral health worker will be visiting the Family Centre. Come along to get advice and information around oral health in young children.


Here is a copy of the latest Family Centre newsletter

Mental health advice

Here is a copy of the Family Centre’s leaflet about mental health, particularly for the parents of young children. It contains contact details for many useful local organisations.


Findability is a website where you can search for information about services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families.