Bayswater Children’s Centre (Westbourne Park)
This Children’s Centre has numerous activities for the under-5s, all of which are free. These include childminder drop-ins, storytelling sessions, messy play drop-ins that incorporate cooking and exploring textures, and the Sparkle Time drop-in for children with special needs and disabilities. The Centre also offers a paid-for school holiday play and care scheme from 8.30-6pm daily for 3 to 7-year olds, and it’s not necessary for the child to be a pupil at the school in order to attend.
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Maida Vale Children’s Centre
Maida Vale Children’s Centre is a bright, new, modern building for parents and carers with children under the age of five. There are lots of daily drop-in sessions, and an enormous range of other services and facilities as well, such as ante-natal, breastfeeding and new baby sessions, English classes and speech and language therapy. You can also access advice sessions on housing and benefits, and employment and training.
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Marsham Street Children’s Centre
This centre has been recently refurbished and offers daily activities such as a baby café and drop-ins for dads. Staff there will also visit you at home if necessary, and there is a team of specialists on boards, such as outreach workers, speech and language therapists, social workers and early years practitioners. The centre also has links with midwives, dieticians and health visitors. It’s a great place to meet other mums and even runs trips in the summer to help you get out and about.
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Micky Star Children’s Centre
A purpose-built children’s centre in Paddington, Micky Star houses a nursery for children aged 6 months to five years on the top two floors. The Children’s Centre drop-in sessions, and health clinic are on the ground floor. There are the usual stay-and-play and story time sessions, as well as those specifically geared towards young parents. You can also attend parenting workshops, First Aid courses and careers, skills and employment workshops.
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Queen’s Park Children’s Centre (Ladbroke Grove)
Queen’s Park children’s centre provides a range of services for children under the age of five and their families. These services are based around a ‘core offer’ of integrated early learning, parenting courses, family support, health services, outreach services and access to training and employment advice. There are drop-in sessions, Dad’s groups and parenting workshops, young mum’s sessions and breastfeeding support groups. The staff at the centre speak Arabic, Bengali and Albanian in addition to English.
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West End Children’s Centre
Set in the heart of Soho, this centre offers services for children and their families throughout theWest End. There’s a nursery for children aged over 7 months, lots of drop-ins and advice sessions, a baby club and breastfeeding support. There are also opportunities for parents to take part in training sessions with crèche facilities. Languages spoken include Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Portuguese and Tagalog. The centre’s unique location means that it has good links with many ofLondon’s famous sites, museums, galleries and theatres.
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Churchill Gardens Children’s Centre (Pimlico)
This centre offers numerous play opportunities to little ones in the area, as well as access to information and services for parents. Family learning workshops are supported by a crèche, and there are also exercise classes and health support. Many activities are run from Churchill Gardens Primary School Community Room and Churchill Gardens Youth Club. The centre has strong partnerships with Westminster Adult Education Service, TateBritainand Pimlico Toy Library.
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Church Street Children’s Centre
Receiving glowing reviews from local mums, it seems this centre is well worth a visit. There is a sensory room for little ones to enjoy, allowing them to experiment with lights and other sensory materials and also a wide range of toys and activities. There’s also a yoga room, classes in positive parenting skills and a lunch club.
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Paddington Green Children’s Centre
The Paddington Green Children’s Centre is nestled away in the grounds ofPaddingtonGreenPrimary School. It’s a small centre compared to some of the others inWestminster, but offers a range of services for children 0-5 and their families. It’s a popular place to come because it offers a calm and structured environment. All parents and carers are welcomed, and the centre has good links with a range of professionals such as speech and language therapists, health visitors, social workers and teachers, all of whom can help with your child’s early development.
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Westbourne Children’s Centre
This centre is housed in a new building that opened in October 2008, and runs a full range of activities, including Funtots sessions and a toy library. There is also a childminder drop-in, child health clinic and specific sessions for under-ones and breastfeeding support. Parents can access childcare advice and parenting skills workshops, and opportunities also exist for help and advice with training, employment, housing and benefits. As well as English, Arabic is also spoken here.