What are childrens centres and family hubs?

Children's Centres

If you have a child aged 0 to 5 years old you can receive free parenting support and information at your local children’s centre. 

Children's centre staff support families with young children, offering guidance and advice on: 

  • child development and school readiness
  • parenting skills
  • child and family health.

Connected to the children's centre hubs in Westminster are partner sites that also provide services and activities for you to use, all within walking distance of one another. 

Family Hubs

We’re improving the support you and your family receive in Westminster. As part of this, we are creating three Family Hubs offering more support and advice that now includes families with children up to 19 years of age. 

The first Family Hub opened at the Bessborough Centre at 1 Bessborough Street in Pimlico in the summer of 2018. 

Next year, there are plans to open hubs at Children’s Centre sites at the Portman Centre and Queens Park Children’s Centre. In preparation for this, the Portman Early Childhood Centre has moved out of its premises to allow renovation work to take place. Whilst this work is carried out their services will be offered nearby at 4 Lilestone Street, NW8 8SU. All the Children’s Centre telephone numbers have stayed the same. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about what is on offer.

1. Locations

Children's centres are open five days a week. Each venue has set opening hours and an activities calendar, so you can plan when you and your family will attend.

Visit your local children's centre to find out more and to see what's on offer:

Get the support you need at your local centre or call the Family Information Service on 020 7641 7929 or email fis@westminster.gov.uk for more information.

View this information in: Arabic; Bengali; Chinese.


2. Activities

All of our centres offer:

  • outreach support in your home provided by Family Lives
  • childcare or support to promote early learning
  • maternity and health visiting services for children and their families
  • family support and learning, including help with parenting skills
  • help getting back to work.

Other services and activities include:

  • play sessions
  • health advice - stop smoking support, breast feeding support groups in community languages, dental and oral advice
  • adult education classes and training
  • individual support through home visits
  • support for fathers.


3. Who can use children's centres

All Westminster families who have a child aged 0 to 5 years old can use the children's centres.

4. Keep your language alive

The first three years of a child's life are an important time for learning to talk, because the brain is developing so quickly. Children can start learning more than one language before they turn one.

Talk to your child in your strongest language(s) from birth onwards. Once your child knows their home language well, they can usually learn another one quickly.

5. Newsletter

For what's on, news and fantastic discounts for your family straight to your inbox, sign up to our Families First newsletter.

Last updated: 6 June 2019