About the Children's Centres

Our Children’s Centres aim to improve outcomes for young children, ensuring they are happy, healthy and ready to begin school.

The Centres also provide help and support to families around parenting, health and well-being and employability. The services they provide are designed for parents and carers who may be expecting a new baby or have a child under the age of five.

Centres offer a range of services, including:

  • pre-school education and access to early education and childcare (on some sites)
  • access to health services, including health visiting and midwifery care
  • adult learning opportunities to help parents/carers progress into training or employment
  • access to play opportunities that are available to everyone, such as Stay and Play
  • access to services delivered by private providers that are available to everyone with small fees attached

In Bexley, you can access Children’s Centre services from one of our Children’s Centres and also from venues across the borough, including libraries, leisure centres and community buildings. This means that families have more choice and can access services nearer to their homes.

Our centres welcome all Bexley families who are expecting a baby or who have a child under five.

Our main centres are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with some timetabled sessions on a Saturday.

We have a dedicated Childrens’ Centre Team who are available to support you in accessing services and information. They will also deliver sessions across the borough together with some of our partners.

Bexley Children's Centres Membership

Membership

If you would like to receive regular information and access children’s centre services, pop into your nearest centre to complete a membership form or complete it online.

Children Centres membership form

Virtual advice, guidance and support

If you need to speak to one of our Children’s Centre Team, contact us by telephone at 020 3045 5480 or by email ChildrenCentres@bexley.gov.uk with your contact details to request a call.

One-to-one support for families is also available by calling Family Wellbeing Service on 020 3045 5440 or by emailing us at FamilyWellbeing@Bexley.gov.uk

Children's Centre sites

West Street Children’s Centre

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (Saturdays as advertised)

The Children’s Centre Team are based at:

174 Chandlers Drive
Erith
DA8 1LW
Map

Services on site:

  • antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Health Visiting Developmental checks and drop-ins (see the timetable for information)
  • Children’s Centre services include parent and baby groups, parenting and much more

Danson Children's Centre

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (Saturdays as advertised)

Brampton Road
Bexleyheath
DA7 4EZ
Map

Services on site:

  • antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Health Visiting Developmental checks and drop-ins (see the timetable for information)
  • Children’s Centre services include parent and baby groups, parenting and much more
  • SALT (Speech and Language appointments)
  • other services including Smoking Cessation and Solace (see the timetable for more information)

North Cray Children's Centre

Open 9 to 5pm, Monday to Friday (see the timetable for CC sessions) 

North Cray Neighbourhood Centre 
Bedens Road 
Sidcup 
DA14 5JQ
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Northumberland Heath Children’s Centre

Open 9 to 5pm, Monday to Friday (Saturdays as advertised)

141 Brook Street
Erith
DA8 1JD
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Services on site: 

  • antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Health Visiting Developmental checks and drop-ins (see the timetable for information)
  • Children’s Centre services include parent and baby groups, parenting and much more

Other venues delivering Children's Centre activities

Play opportunities and parent and toddler groups are available from venues across the Borough delivered by a mixture of faith groups, private and voluntary sector groups and some charities.

If you are a provider and would like to advertise your services on our web page, then please contact the Children's Centre Team at childrenscentres@bexley.gov.uk

Children’s Centre staff will be available at: (please see the timetable for details) 

Church of the Cross
Lensbury Way
Thamesmead
London SE2 9UE
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Belvedere Community Centre
Mitchell Close
Belvedere
DA17 6AA
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Emmanuel Church
St Catherines Road
Off Yarnton Way
DA18 4DS
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Upper Belvedere Community Library
Woolwich Road
Upper Belvedere
DA17 5EQ
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North Heath Community Library
Mill Road
Erith
DA8 1HW
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Thamesmead Library
Binsey Walk
Thamesmead
SE2 9TR
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Christchurch Hall
Victoria Road
Erith
DA8 3AN
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Danson Youth Trust
Danson Youth Centre
Brampton Road
Bexleyheath
DA7 4EZ

Email dansonyc@btconnect.com
Telephone 020 8303 6052

Danson Youth Trust website
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Erith Library
100 Erith High Street
Erith
DA8 1SL
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Erith Leisure Centre
Avenue Road
Erith
DA8 3AT
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Howbury and Slade Green Community Centre
Chrome Road
Slade Green
DA8 2EL
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Children's Centre activities and timetable

North Locality

West Street Children's Centre
174 Chandlers Drive, Erith, DA8 1LW
Day Time Event information
Tuesday 9am to 5pm Centre is open for information and guidance
Tuesday 1pm to 4pm Oxleas Trust perinatal counselling (by referral only)
Tuesday 2pm to 3pm 14 December  
Bexley Early Years - Virtual Q&A session 
Session includes 2 and 3-year-old funded nursery places and childcare options. 
Delivered virtually via TEAMS
To book a place please call the Centre on 020 3045 5480
Wednesday 9am to 5pm Centre is open for information and guidance
Wednesday 1.30pm to 3pm Ready, Steady, Learn
Group to support your baby and child’s learning through interactive activities held at Creative Kids Hall, Rear of West St Y&F Centre, Maxim Rd, DA8 1FA
For parents/carers and babies/toddlers 0 to 3 years  
Session is Free 
Starting 10 November
Thursday 9am to 5pm Centre is open for information and guidance
Thursday 10am to 11am 11 November 
Bexley Early Years - Virtual Q&A session 
Session includes 2 and 3-year-old funded nursery places and childcare options. 
Delivered virtually via TEAMS
To book a place please call the Centre on 020 3045 5480
Friday 10.30am to 12 midday Parent & Baby coffee morning
Come along to find out about the new service and share ideas to help us plan for future sessions
For new parents and babies 0 to 12 months
Session is Free
Starting 5 November
North End Early Years Centre Plus (formerly North End Children's Centre)
4 Lincoln Close, Slade Green, DA8 2EB
Day Time Event information
Monday 9am to 4pm DVH Community Midwifery Team appointments
Monday 10am to 12 midday Solace - Arise Programme (DV)
Monday 12.30pm to 2.30pm Solace - Arise Programme (DV)
Tuesday 9am to 4pm DVH Community Midwifery Team appointments
Wednesday 9am to 4pm DVH Community Midwifery Team appointments
Thursday 9am to 4pm DVH Community Midwifery Team appointments
Friday 9am to 4pm DVH Community Midwifery Team appointments
Other venues in the North Locality
Day Time Event information
Monday 9.30am to 11.30am
and
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Howbury Tumblers Toddler Group (0 to 5 years) 
Held at Slade Green & Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 
For more details and booking please contact Carole on 07759 908424 or email howburytumblers@gmail.com 
Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
and
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Howbury Tumblers Toddler Group (0 to 5 years) 
Held at Slade Green & Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 
For more details and booking please contact Carole on 07759 908424 or email howburytumblers@gmail.com
Tuesday 9am to 4pm Slade Green & Howbury Centre
Child Development appointments (Health Visiting Team)
Tuesday 9.15am to 10.30am Toddler Church drop-in for 0 to 5’s and parents/carers 
Play, stories, crafts and songs - Free 
Held at Christ Church, Victoria Road, Erith, DA8 3AN 
For more details contact Jacki on 07764 476277 ccprojectworker@hotmail.com
Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am
and
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Howbury Tumblers Toddler Group (0 to 5 years) 
Held at Slade Green & Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 
For more details and booking please contact Carole on 07759 908424 or email howburytumblers@gmail.com
Wednesday 9am to 4pm Slade Green & Howbury Centre
Child Development appointments (Health Visiting Team)
Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am
and
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Howbury Tumblers Toddler Group (0 to 5 years) 
Held at Slade Green & Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 
For more details and booking please contact Carole on 07759 908424 or email howburytumblers@gmail.com
Thursday 9am to 4pm Slade Green & Howbury Centre
Child development appointments (Health Visiting Team)
Thursday 9.30am to 11am Toddler Church drop-in for 0 to 5’s and parents/carers 
Play, stories, songs and crafts - Free 
Held at St Augustine’s, Slade Green Road, DA8 2HX 
For more details contact Sam on 07840 201817 cfpioneer@outlook.com
Friday 9.30am to 11.30am
and
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Howbury Tumblers Toddler Group (0 to 5 years) 
Held at Slade Green & Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 
For more details and booking please contact Carole on 07759 908424 or email howburytumblers@gmail.com
Friday 3.30pm to 5pm Lego Club (Duplo for younger children) - Free
Slade Green & Howbury Library, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL 

Central Locality

Northumberland Heath Children's Centre
141 Brook Street, Erith, DA8 1JD
Day Time Event information
Monday 9am to 4pm Antenatal appointments
Monday 1.30pm to 3pm Coffee afternoon
Come along to find out about the new service and share ideas to help us plan for future sessions
For parents/carers and babies/toddlers 0 to 3 years  
Session is Free
Starting 8 November
Tuesday 9am to 4pm Antenatal appointments
Tuesday 10am to 11am Stretch, Rattle & Roll
Sessions run by provider. For more information and to book contact Karm-a-Touch
Tuesday 11.30am to 12.30pm Sing, Dance & Sign
Sessions run by provider. For more information and to book contact Karm-a-Touch
Wednesday 9am to 1pm Antenatal appointments
Wednesday 9.30am to 11am Oxleas perinatal five-week courses
Baby massage and attachment (referral only )
Thursday 9am to 1pm Antenatal appointments
Friday 9am to 4pm Antenatal appointments
Friday 1pm to 2pm Baby Massage
Sessions run by provider. For more information and to book contact Karm-a-Touch
Friday 2.30pm to 3.30pm Touch of Sensory
Sessions run by provider. For more information and to book contact Karm-a-Touch
Other venues in Central Locality
Day Time Event information
Tuesday 10am to 11.15am Toddler Stay and Play - with stories and songs - Free
Held at Northumberland Heath Library, Mill Road, DA8 1HW
Tuesday 9.40am to 10.20am
and
10.40am to 11.20am
MiniWaves Experience sessions  
Age 6 months to 5 years held at Belvedere Community Centre 
Contact Gemma for costs and booking miniwavesexperience@hotmail.com
Wednesday 9.30am to 10.15am AW under 5’s Football
Cubs (2 to 3 years) held at Belvedere Community Centre, Mitchell Close, DA17 6AA 
For details and bookings contact Alex on 07771 747219 AW Football Coaching
Thursday 11am to 11.45am Toddler Fitness & Football Fun with GT Sports 
Ages 2 to 5 years 
For cost and bookings contact 07816 537127 or email info@gtcentreofsport.com 

South Locality

Danson Children's Centre
Day Time Event information
Monday 9am to 4pm QEH midwifery clinics
Monday 9am to 4pm DVH midwifery appointments
Monday 1pm to 3pm Bexley Maternity Voices 
Term time only
Contact Danson Youth Trust on 020 8303 6052 for more details  
Tuesday 9am to 4pm QEH midwifery clinics
Tuesday 9am to 4pm DVH midwifery appointments
Tuesday 10am to 12 midday Mothers Embrace 
Term time only
Contact Danson Youth Trust on 020 8303 6052 for more details  
Wednesday 9am to 4pm QEH midwifery clinics
Wednesday 9am to 4pm DVH midwifery appointments
Wednesday 10am to 11am Sensory & Impressions Mini Group 
Contact Danson Youth Trust on 020 8303 6052 for more details  
Thursday 9am to 4pm QEH midwifery clinics
Thursday 9am to 4pm DVH midwifery appointments
Friday 9am to 4pm QEH midwifery clinics
Friday 9am to 4pm DVH midwifery appointments
Friday 10am to 12 midday Sensory & Impressions Mini Group 
Contact Danson Youth Trust on 020 8303 6052 for more details
North Cray Children's Centre
North Cray Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Davis Way, Sidcup, DA14 5JR
Day Time Event information
Monday - PRU midwifery appointments
Tuesday - PRU midwifery appointments
Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm Coffee afternoon
Come along to find out about the new service and share ideas to help us plan for future sessions
For parents/carers and babies/toddlers 0 to 3 years  
Session is Free
Starting 9 November
Wednesday - PRU midwifery appointments
Thursday - PRU midwifery appointments
Thursday 1pm to 1.45pm AW under 5’s Football
Cubs (2 to 3 years) 
For details and bookings contact Alex on 07771 747219 AW Football Coaching
Thursday 1.45pm to 2.30pm AW under 5’s Football
Lions (3 to 4 years) 
For details and bookings contact Alex on 07771 747219 AW Football Coaching
Friday - PRU midwifery appointments

Support for parents

Solace

Solace Women's Aid website

Solace provide vital domestic abuse services in the borough.

Bexley Citizens Advice Bureau

Bexley CAB website

Bexley CAB provides free independent, confidential and impartial advice to all residents in the borough on their rights and responsibilities.

Bexley SNAP  

Bexley SNAP website

Bexley Snap offer disabled children and young people aged between 1 year to 25 years an exciting and varied programme of clubs to provide parents and carers support, guidance, and regular breaks from their caring responsibilities. 

Bexley Voice

Bexley Voice website

Bexley Voice is a voluntary organisation of parents and carers of children and young people (age 0 to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) living in the London Borough of Bexley.

They provide an opportunity for parents and carers to express their views and input into the planning and delivery of SEND services.

Netmums 

Netmums website

Parenting website offering local information, expert parenting advice, chat, competitions, recipes and friendly support.

Get involved

Parents Forum

Are you an expectant parent/carer or have a child under the age of 5 living in Bexley?

Would you like to contribute to support Children’s Centres in Bexley?

We are looking to gather information and feedback from users of Children’s Centre services. We will do this through our new Parents Forum. 

Meetings are informal and run four times a year usually alongside a children’s centre activity. It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents/carers have a cup of tea and a chat and contribute to the ongoing service delivery within our Children’s Centres.

If you would like to be part of the Parents Forum please discuss with a member of the Children's Centre Team or contact us on childrenscentres@bexley.go.uk or telephone 020 3045 5480.

Related information

Children’s Public Health

Children, young people and families

Bromley Healthcare delivers the 0 to 19 Children’s Public Health Service. Oxleas Services - Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide specialist services for children in the borough.

The Bexley 0 to 19 Children’s Public Health Service supports parents and carers to give their babies, children and young people the best possible start in life.

Health Visitors work with children aged 0 to four years.

Parents Guide to learning and development

Find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

Foodbanks in London Borough of Bexley

Bexley Foodbanks provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of food banks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Bexley Family Wellbeing Service 

What can the service provide

The Family Wellbeing Service offer an intensive, short term and consent-based support to Bexley families and children/young people. The early help offer of effective support Level 3 is for families who suffer with parental mental health, parental substance misuse, parental domestic abuse, low-level neglect and children/young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion from education.

Bexley SHIELD (Safeguarding Partnership for Children and Young People) - Effective Support

Worried about a child 

Reporting concerns about a child

If you’re worried that anyone under the age of 18 might need help, or is being neglected or hurt, you must tell someone.

If you’re a concerned member of the public, you can:

  • call Children’s Services at the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 020 3045 5440 and speak to a social worker. If you’re worried you’ll be put in a difficult position, you can speak to them anonymously. The opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 
  • if it’s out of hours, call 020 8303 7777 or 020 8303 7171
  • drop in and see us at Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT