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Children and family centres

Giving your child the best start in life. Activities, development and support for families with children aged 0-4 years.

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Best Start in Life superhero characters

We want every child in Waltham Forest to get the Best Start in Life and this means ensuring all parents and carers can access the support they need to help their children's growth and development.  To keep up to date with the latest news, events and information - sign up to our newsletter. 

Meet our Best Start in Life superheroes, a group of six unique characters who will help us, and our Early Years partners engage with families in Waltham Forest. 

Find Helpful Hakeem, Curious Carina and their other super-friends at our brilliant Children and Family Centre Hubs, where you will be able to get information, advice, and support on a wide range of topics, including family support, health and child development, free early years education, and training and development. 

You will also be able to access sessions to help with your child’s communication and social skills, whilst also building support networks with other parents and carers in the borough.  

All parents, guardians and carers are welcome at our hubs, and we would love for you to visit. Register for the nearest Children and Family Centre Hub online or visit one in person to get to know our amazing staff. 

 

Register

Register online or in person at your nearest centre.

Chingford Children and Family Centre Hub

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5 Oaks Grove

Chingford
E4 6EY

Walthamstow Children and Family Centre Hub

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313 Billet Road

Walthamstow
E17 5PX
 

Leytonstone Children and Family Centre Hub

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8-10 Cathall Road

Leytonstone
E11 4LF
 

Leyton Children and Family Centre Hub

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215 Queens Road

Leyton
E17 8PJ
 

Learning and play activities

We provide group activities for children to learn and develop through play and parents to learn about their child.

They are a great way to meet other mums, dads, and carers.

Play sessions include story time, music and rhymes, sensory experiences, messy play, arts and crafts, and much more.

Informative sessions and courses cover baby massage, building closer relationships, communication and language, food and nutrition, active families, healthy teeth, feeding, sleep support, and much more.

Partner organisations and services offered

Health and child development

Midwives, health visitors and infant feeding specialists all work together in our centres to support parents and provide child health checks:

Remember to register for your eRedbook, the NHS secure digital child health record.

Parenting and family support

Lloyd Park Children's Charity (LPCC) offer the following parent support groups and programmes:

  • Flourish - a support group for parents with low mood or high anxiety levels  
  • Somewhere to belong - a group for children with special educational needs

Contact familysupport@lpcc.org

They also provide baby and food banks:

Related council services and teams we work with

Contact us

Got a question? Want to enroll on a course? Need advice?

Contact your local centre, we're here to help.