Our Children’s Centres

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Children’s Centre information

The Children’s Centres in North Lincolnshire provide a range of services and support for families with children of all ages – from unborn baby to teenager. Our aim is to improve outcomes for children and their families, and support families with child development and school readiness, parenting and health.

Services are available for all families. They are free of charge (unless stated).

Register with our Children’s Centres for a wide range of services for all families. These include support for baby and toddler healthy development and numerous play and learning activities. The Centres also provide information, help and support for parents. Don’t be afraid to ask if you have a problem and need someone to talk to.

Full information about how the Centres use information can be found on our privacy page.

Activities are inclusive to all children and young people including those who have a disability or additional needs. The centres are able to support in a flexible way and families with children with an additional need are encouraged to talk to the centre manager in their local area to see how the centres may be able to support them. Visit the SEND (special educational need or disability) Local Offer website for more information about services available in North Lincolnshire for children with an additional need.

Please help us improve our services for you and your children. Let  us know about your experiences at our Children’s Centres by filling out our survey.

The centre team understands that all families go through difficult periods at some point and may need additional support.

The centres offer individual and specific support to help families when needed.  This may include helping with:

  • family relationships
  • child development
  • school attendance
  • housing
  • and finance issues

The centres can help with money worries and concerns.  We provide a welfare rights service, money management support and access to the food bank.

The centres offer this support for all families with children of any age. Parents can simply phone or call into a centre where someone will be pleased to help. Young people can also phone or talk to someone directly for any worries or concerns they have.

We also accept and distribute children’s clothes and school uniforms that are in good condition, as well as good quality children’s books.

Antenatal workshops

The Children’s Centres and NHS provide the antenatal workshops. Three sessions which provide a wealth of information for expectant mums and dads, same sex partnerships and single parents.

  1. Labour and birth – delivered by a midwife
  2. Caring for a New Baby – delivered by Children’s Centre team this also includes advice on car seat safety from safer neighbourhoods department
  3. Baby Friendly Feeding – delivered by the Baby Feeding team.

These are very friendly and informal sessions where parents-to-be receive a lot of useful information to help them get ready for baby. All parents-to-be are welcomed at the sessions and parents are able to bring a family member or a friend to the sessions if they wish.  The sessions are delivered on an evening at Brigg, Barton and Scunthorpe. Below are some comments received from parents:

“All of the information was great with good practical demonstrations”

“Really useful tips about changing & bathing. Car seat safety was very useful too”

“These sessions have been really informative for both mum & dad”

66 per cent rated the workshops as Excellent with 34 per cent rating the workshops as Good or Very Good.

Antenatal home visiting support

Part of our Family Support offer – this is available for parents across North Lincolnshire and provides more help for families to get ready for baby. This is individual support and may include support for equipment, information about safe sleeping, feeding and bonding and attachment.

Baby feeding team

This team works in the hospital and in the community to support parents with feeding. The Baby Feeding Team deliver the ‘Baby Friendly Feeding’ antenatal workshop, and are available for home visits before and after the birth of the baby to support parents with all aspects of feeding their baby. For parents who decide to breastfeed their baby, this team can give lots of practical help to support a positive and individual feeding journey. The Baby Feeding Team can be contacted on 07900567052.

Below are comments received about the Baby Feeding Team:

“The team have been fantastic.  I received a visit in the ward each day (three days) to check.  Lots of advice given and help received to attach due C section.  Think this service is fantastic and a real help.  Thank you ladies”

“Steph was absolutely brilliant and very patient, caring and calming….We would highly recommend this to others.  Thanks for all your help.  Baby M”

The Children’s Centres welcome and support any parents who would like to feed their baby in the Centres and are available for support and advice.

Some Centres have a breastfeeding support group where parents can drop in for a chat and meet other parents in a comfortable and friendly environment.

The Healthy Start scheme is available for families and is means tested to income. More details can be found on the Healthy Start website, the help line on 0345 607 6823 or by calling into a Centre for a booklet and application form.  A midwife or health visitor will also be able to help.

The scheme is available for pregnant women and young children. Families who qualify for the scheme are sent vouchers for free fruit, vegetables, milk and vitamins for their family.

For families who don’t qualify for the scheme, vitamins can be purchased from the Centres at £1.50 for children and £1 for adults.

Baby care – home visiting support

This is part of our Family Support Offer and is available for all parents across North Lincolnshire. It provides additional support for the care of new baby and may include safe sleeping, coping with crying, help with feeding, understanding and responding to baby cues and baby development.

Baby’s first friends

These are sessions run in the centres for babies and their parents to support baby development and communication skills. Also a chance for parents to meet, make friends and build support networks. Comments from the sessions include –

Friendly and inviting group, a great opportunity to meet other mums. Love the messy area and enjoy trying different snacks. It’s a lovely group”

 “Really lovely group, friendly staff, really helpful with any worries. Plenty of toys and sensory activities for babies”

Baby’s First Friends is delivered in partnership with the Health Visiting team who attend the sessions on a regular basis

Coping with crying

A short film which has been developed by the NSPCC. It provides information about how to cope with a crying baby. The film is shown during home visits and is part of the antenatal programme delivered in the Children’s Centres. Having a new baby can be a stressful time and parents can find the first few months difficult. The film includes parents talking about their own experiences and their coping strategies plus information, tips and advice from health professionals.

The film is available for all expectant and new mums and dads, carers and grandparents. If you would like to see the film please contact your nearest Children’s Centre or phone 01724 742500 or 01724 297030. For help and advice please contact the Children’s Centre team.

Stay and Play sessions

Stay and play sessions are available in all centres for children and their parents or carers. These are fun and free sessions which support child development, communication and social skills. Lots of play ideas and activities with space to run around. Friendly and relaxed sessions on different times and days and some sessions available on a Saturday morning. No booking required, open to all. 

Play and development support

Play and development support is part of our Family Support Offer and available on request. Individual and tailored support for parents to help with children’s personal, social and emotional development and their communication and language skills. This also supports understanding of child development and behaviour concerns. Sessions may take place in the home or in Centres on a 1-1 basis.

Family play sessions

Family play sessions are part of our Family Support Offer. They are smaller invitation only sessions for parents and children who may find attending a larger group difficult and may benefit from more specific help.

Childcare funding for two year olds

Free childcare funding is available for up to 15 hours for families who qualify. Parents can call into the centres to check if they qualify and to apply for the funding. More information is available on our two year old funding page or by calling the Family Information Service on 01724 296629 

Two year development check

Childcare providers and health visiting teams have combined the reviews of children’s progress. This gives parents a more joined up service. It also highlights children’s strengths and identifies any areas for future development. For more information contact the childcare provider, health visitor or local Children’s Centre. 

30 hour childcare for three and four year olds

15 hour child care funding is available for all three and four year old children. Working parent/s may qualify for an additional 15 hours free child care if they earn at least £120 a week each. For more information contact the FIS on 01724 296629 or use the Government’s childcare calculator.

Over fives

Over fives are welcome to attend activities in the centres in school holidays or at weekends with their parents or carers. 

Individual support provides opportunities for young people to share worries or concerns supporting their emotional health and family relationships.   

Youth sessions

Brigg and the Isle Children’s Centres provide youth club activities for young people on a weekly basis.

Being a parent can be very challenging. The Children’s Centre offer, on a regular basis, workshops to support parents/carers. These are very friendly, informal workshops where parents can meet other parents and get support from children’s centre team members.

Understanding your child’s behaviour

This is a weekly course which runs for 2 hours each week and includes ‘Tuning into your Child’, Exploring Feelings and Communication’ and ‘Sleep Patterns and Temper Tantrums’. Free to all parents. Booking is required.

Understanding teenagers

Understanding Teenagers is a new course for the Centres in partnership with Fluent Coaching provides information for parents about teenager brain development, communicating effectively and avoiding conflict, adult and teen maps of the world. Free for parents. Booking is required.

A positive relationship with my child

This is delivered as a course or on a one to one basis. It helps parents with family issues and supports parents’ confidence, knowledge and family relationships.

Other parent training

A range of different courses. These are available on a regular basis and include:

  • Maths and English – in partnership with Adult Community Learning, the Centres provide Maths and English courses to Level 2. These are vital qualifications to help secure future employment, and delivered in small groups with other parents. Childcare may be available in some centres
  • Paediatric First Aid Awareness and Accreditation – in partnership with LIVES the Centres provide a rolling programme of First Aid Courses. Places are limited and booking is required.

Our parenting courses may also include E-Safety/Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness which helps parents understand:

  • benefits and risks of a digital world
  • latest tips and information
  • how to protect your child from online abuse and exploitation

100% of parents would recommend the parenting courses to others.

Volunteer opportunities

Support with a step into employment – the Centres offer volunteer opportunities which include Catering Assistant (in partnership with North Lincs Catering), Play Assistant, Reception/Customer Support Assistant. For more information please contact Clare Steadman on 01652 659882.


The Centres welcome grandparents and other family members to sessions and activities and offer support to family members caring for children.


Colleagues and professionals who wish to access support for a family should phone the relevant centre manager for a discussion about how the Centres may be able to help.