What are children's centres and family hubs?
Children’s centres and Family hubs are there to support mum, dad and their children including grandparents and carers caring for children, with friendly, experienced and qualified staff on hand to assist you with making choices and using services.
These are great places for families and communities that can provide information on finding local services such as childcare, early education and healthcare, as well as advice on jobs and training. Many run stay and play sessions, where trained professionals will be on hand to help you support your child’s development.
Children’s centres and Family hubs should feel welcoming for parents and other family members like grandparents – and it can be a fantastic resource that allows you to meet up with other local families. In addition, most Children’s centre services are free; however, for some activities there may be a small charge.
Some centres offer activities such as swimming, baby massage, storytelling and arts and crafts, as well as outdoor parks and play areas. Community organisations and faith groups often run activities like parent and toddler groups. You may find this a good way to meet other parents and neighbours, and your child will enjoy meeting other babies and young children, and learning how to socialise.
Supporting the health and development of under 5s is still an important part of our offer and Children’s centre provision therefore continues to play a crucial part in the borough. This will continue to offer access to good quality Stay and Play provision delivered by our Voluntary Sector but will extend the offer by delivering more targeted sessions designed to meet the needs of individual families and communities.
In Kensington and Chelsea, a Family hub is not about trying to locate as many different services into one building, but it is a way to bring different types of support together for families to help resolve their issues.There are two Family hubs in Kensington and Chelsea one serving the North of the borough and the other the South. It doesn't matter where you live, our services are available to you across all of the borough.
To ensure that that support is not restricted for those who cannot easily access one site a strong outreach service is important. This means they can serve the whole community by taking services out into different venues and into the family home.