Family Services

Family Support Services –

The Family Centre and SPAN provide free services to families and children in Barton Hill and the surrounding areas.

We are open all year round although the programme changes during school holidays. The holiday programme can be found on this page during  school closures.

Room 2 – Book Area

We have been awarded –

The Bristol Quality Standard for Health Certificate. We focussed on 2 areas of health – smoke free environments and childood immunisation. A big thank you to the parents for sharing their ideas and information with us to help us achieve this award.

Scroll further down the page to see more photographs of the Family centre garden, rooms and activities.

What to expect at the family ‘stay and play’ sessions –

Lots of tactile play, including paint, dough, stories, singing, and outside activities in our large secure garden.  There’s tea/coffee for the adults, and snack time for the children – donations of fruit always welcome.

Sand Activity

The people you will see at the Family Centre –

Click on the link to view the staff team –

Family services staff team

May school holiday opening times 28th – click on the link below –

May Holiday programme 2018

Times and days of all free parent/child family ‘stay and play’ sessions for children under five during school term-times:                  

 Monday                9.30-11.30am      –       Family drop in – Free-play

Tuesday                 1.00 -3.00pm      –       Family drop in – Story Telling and singing

Wednesday           1.00 -3.00pm     –        Family drop in – babies 0-23 months only, this is a quieter session for our youngest babies and children.

Thursday               9.30 – 11.30am   –       Family Drop In – Tactile play & crafts

Thursday               1.00 – 2.45pm    –       Parents in Partnership Group & free Crèche.  All welcome. Please book a crèche place

Somali women’s ‘stay and play’ session every Wednesday during school terms  –

  Click on this link for more details

Family Service Term 5 newsletter

Follow the link to view the newsletter –

Term 5 newsletter

Parents in Partnership Drop-in – every  Thursday  1pm-2.45 pm term time with Wendy our Adult Group Worker

Parent Drop-in relax, meet other parents for a cup of tea/coffee while your child goes into our Crèche. We hold discussions on all topics and review services you have accessed.

Please book a creche place Tel: 0117 955 6971 ext 167

Early Mark making activity in Family Drop in session

Other Family Services

If you would like a home visit –

The Family Centre has an Outreach Worker, Joy Skinner. Joy can visit new families, either in your home or at a place convenient to you.  Joy will explain the Children’s Centre services we offer and can signpost to other support services if necessary.

If you know anyone with children who would benefit from a visit, please contact Joy, on 0117 955 6971, ext. 167, for further information.

Special Educational Needs & Disability support worker visits to your home

1:1 support  working with children under three and their families in their home. Click on the link for more information and how to book a visit
Outreach support service

Our Rooms and Outdoor space  –

The Family Centre garden. A delightful oasis in a built up inner city space.

Garden View

Room 2 – View of role play area

Room 1 – Safe Baby Area

A snapshot of activities available –

Exploring colour making volcano explosions  – tactile play

Early mark making using shaving foam activity

Tactile Play Activity

Recent Events celebrated in the Family Centre –

World Book Day – March 1st

We all had a lovely time on World Book Day. We listened to the story of The Hungry Caterpillar acted out by Fran. We enjoyed eating caterpillar cakes

Caterpillar Cakes

Caterpillar eating the leaf

Changing into a Butterfly

The Very Hungry Caterpillar display

Chinese New Year Celebration

The parents/carers and children took part in a celebration of  Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog. We enjoyed Chinese food, a Chinese story and songs led by our Chinese parents and the children’s dragon dance.

Chinese New Year decorations

Our partners –

We work in partnership with St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School and Cashmore Early Years Centre, and have links with the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre.

Barton Hill Academy School is our local Nursery and Primary School for more information follow the link or speak to a family worker.

Information, Advice and Guidance Service -for parents with a child under 5 years of age

Tel: 0117 357 4192          Email:

This service can help you by:

  • Supporting you in returning to, or remaining in work
  • Identifying appropriate childcare
  • Helping you calculate your entitlement to benefits and tax credits including a better off in work calculation
  • Identifying training opportunities
  • Introducing you to your local Children’s Centre
  • Telling you about other support for your family

Quality Assurance

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

Other useful information –


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.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

National Accreditation of Contact Centres

NACC is a website where you will find local contact centres near you

Wellaware –

Wellaware is a local information database for health, wellbeing and community services in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset. Freephone 0808 808 5252

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