Children's CentresLast updated: 14 April 2014 11:45 UK
There are nine Children's Centres across Portsmouth, supporting parents-to-be and families with children aged up to five with a range of high quality services.
Our early years shape how we are as adults, so the quality of services available through Children's Centres aim to make sure all children have the best possible start in life.
Children's Centres offer a range of support from a variety of organisations, such as Portsmouth City Council itself, the NHS, Job Centre Plus, and voluntary sector organisations including Home Start and the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
The centres offer facilities such as stay and play sessions for children and their parents or carers, singing groups, sensory sessions and dads' groups. Children's Centre staff also visit the most vulnerable families in their own homes, and hold groups in community venues.
Health services such as Child Health Clinics, Midwife Clinics and Child Development Checks are run from Children's Centres, as well as Breastfeeding Support Groups and sessions on introducing babies to solid foods.
One-stop shop for help and advice for parents
Visit your local Children’s Centre, if you:
- have a child under the age of five
- are having problems finding reliable childcare
- need a bit of support with the family
- are aware of health problems, but unsure where to go
- are trying to find activities to entertain your children.
Volunteer at a Children's Centre
Each centre has a parent forum which meets regularly, to talk about anything to do with the building or the services it provides, so why not get involved and volunteer at a Children's Centre.
Find your nearest Children's Centre
There is more information about all the local Children's Centres available to download below, including contact details and opening times.