Children's centres and their services in the community are places where parents with children aged 0 - 5 years can share the challenges and joys of parenthood. They offer a range of activities and support services to help you with all aspects of parenting to make sure your child gets the best start in life.
general information, advice and support for parents of young children
information on how to access childcare provided by group settings (preschools/nurseries) or childminders
family support services
easy access to children's health services, including midwives and health visitors
support for children with special needs including sensory rooms
links with Jobcentre Plus, local training providers, further and higher education institutions
messy play and fun play sessions
For more information on your local children's centre and the services provided, please contact the centre on the telephone number listed below.
Children's centres offer services if you are pregnant or have a baby:
advice and support on what to expect when you have new baby and help with infant feeding
baby message classes
fun activities to do with your baby such as music and rhyme
the opportunity to access Baby Steps classes in some centres and community areas
Children's centres can offer services if you have a toddler:
parenting programmes and advice to help you understand your child's needs and build your confidence as a parent
fun activities to do with you toddler such as play sessions. Some centres and community venues have outside play areas where children can explore and learn
advice on the different types of childcare available in your area
access to early years education for two year olds whose families receive particular benefits
information about early years education for three and four year olds
help with gaining qualifications and considering employment opportunities and benefits
Dads are really important in children's lives and are welcome to come along and enjoy all the services provided by children's centres
Children's centres can provide support to parents and children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Each children's centre will be able to provide information on Wiltshire's SEND Local Offer home.
Some centres hold support groups, and most have sensory rooms fully equipped to provide a safe, comfortable and colourful environment for you and your child to play together.
Find your nearest children's centre
If you are in any doubt about where services are accessible - for example if there is not a permanent building near you - or if you have any questions regarding services on offer, you can contact one of the numbers below for swift and friendly information. Advice is also available on employment issues, benefit entitlements and how to access early years childcare funding. Don't worry if you aren't sure which area on the county you are in - all the centre staff on hand will be able to help you - wherever you are.