Children's centres

Every child deserves the best start in life

We know parents want the best for their children.

And we know how hard it can be to cope sometimes, especially if you're a young parent, a single parent or are experiencing hardship.

Our children’s centres provide a fun, friendly safe space where mums, dads, parents-to-be, carers and children can learn and develop in a supportive environment.

My local Barnardo’s Children’s Centres was a real life-line during my pregnancy - single parenting is tough! Now my daughter Sophie and I love it and look forward to coming at least once a week.



Every centre is different because we listen to the needs of the families in each community we serve. But all offer the opportunity to meet other parents​ and access a range of information and classes in areas such as:

  • antenatal and postnatal care
  • parenting advice
  • parent/child bonding
  • sensory play for children

We run more than 180 Ofsted-accredited children's centres, where our skilled staff help over 100,700 children and their families every year. 72 per cent of our centres in England have been rated 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted.​


If you're struggling to cope with an infant crying, you can find support and get advice from ICON.