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 the programme changes during school holidays. The holiday programme can be found on this page during  school closures.

What to expect at the Family Centre –

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 for the adults, and snack time for the children – donations of fruit always welcome.

The people you will see at the Family Centre –

Click on the link to view the staff team –

Family services staff team

This week – Information, Advice and Guidance visit –

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Information Advice and Guidance

Times and days of all parent/child family drop in sessions during school term times –

Click on the links below for more details

Monday and Tuesday drop in times

Thursday and Friday drop in times

Supportive Parents family drop in for children with any additional needs Wednesday morning –

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Parent Support family drop in group flyer

SPAN – Somali women & children drop in session Wednesdays –

  Click on the link for more details

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 services we offer across the Barton Hill Children’s Centre and wider area.

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

Activities for adults with free bookable creche places –

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Parents drop in –  Wednesday during school terms & 1:1 Parent meetings

SPAN – Parenting Programme Tuesday mornings

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Parenting Programme – Starting April 2018

Click on the link for more details and how to register



Our Rooms and Outdoor space  –

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

Family Centre rooms.

Room 1 -Safe baby area

Room 2 – View of role play area

Room 2 – View of room leading to our secure garden

A snapshot of activities available –

Exploring colour making volcano explosions  – tactile play

Early mark making using shaving foam activity

Family Services Newsletter term 4.

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Newsletter term 4.

Recent Events held 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.

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

Website –