Barnardo’s Child and Family Centres

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Barnardo's Child and Family Centres in Peterborough offer a variety of activities for children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers, aimed to support with development, bonding and understanding between child and parent/carer.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • It helps parents understand child development, ages and stages
  • It helps combat parent and child isolation
  • It provides health and wellbeing support from midwifery and health visitors

‘I enjoy spending time with my Daddy, he’s fun. I like reading stories and playing with my toys.’ Child attendee.

What to expect?

You will receive a friendly welcome into all of the centres. You won’t need to bring anything with you, but if your child is involved in messy play you may wish to bring a clean set of clothing to change into after the session.

All of the venues have toilets and disabled toilets, and are wheelchair accessible. They also have car parking and are on Peterborough bus routes.


The centres also have a variety of volunteering opportunities, from helping out with activities, to admin, gardening, and more. Contact them to see what is available.

More information

Barnardo’s is committed to the ambition of improving outcomes and life chances for all children, young people and their families.

The core purpose is to ensure that all children have the best start in life and achieve positive outcomes. A key focus of  Barnardo’s service is reaching children and families from within their local community to support with day to day needs and challenges. This will be achieved through a mixture of universal open access and targeted services.

The centres create an environment where children feel that:

  • I like to interact with the adults around me.
  • I am curious.
  • I like to go to the park.
  • I am beginning to communicate my needs with pointing and making attempts at some words.
  • I like to show the family worker my toys when she visits.

All sessions and courses run by Barnardo’s are free.

While each Barnardo’s centre offers a different mix of activities, across Peterborough there are things for parents and children from age 0 -5 (and expectant mothers), including:

  • Before birth – what to expect, how to prepare to be a parent, challenges and coping skills
  • Baby time and baby massage
  • Play, singing, and fun learning time
  • Young parents’ support, making new friends and sharing experiences
  • Information and tips on growth, development, health, nutrition
  • Getting ready for school – promoting language and literacy skills
  • NHS midwifes and health visitors
  • Activities and support for children with special needs

See the individual centres’ pages to find out more:

Some activities are also held in community venues:

Iqbal Centre/Gladstone Connect
Address: 157 Cromwell Road, Peterborough, PE1 2EL
Phone: 07899 664 044

  • Stay and Play (sessions):
    Sessions provide a safe and stimulating learning environment in which parents/carers can play with their children, have fun and learn together whilst focusing on developing their child’s language, literacy and preparing their child for school. Suitable for toddlers to age 5’s.

South Bretton Family and Community Centre
Address: Tyesdale, Peterborough PE3 9XZ
Phone: 01733 385 000

WestRaven Community Café
Address: Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7JA
Phone: 01733 330 040

  • Song, Rhyme and Storytime (sessions):
    Fun and interactive zoom session suitable for all ages. Helps to promote language and literacy skills of children from birth ‐ 5 years, through songs, rhymes, sharing of books and story sacks. They use a range of props to encourage movement, rhythm and listening skills making this a fun, action packed session.

The only course with a charge is Baby Massage, to cover massage oils.

Visit the Barnardo’s booking form, where you will find details of charges, dates and times of sessions, and additional information.

How to contact



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Where to go

Honeyhill Child and Family Centre
150 Chadburn
Peterborough PE4 7DH

First Steps Child and Family Centre
20 Scalford Drive
Welland Road
Peterborough PE1 4TR

East Child and Family Centre
21 Durham Road
Peterborough PE1 5JU

Orton Child & Family Centre
Herlington Shopping Centre
Orton Malborne
Peterborough PE2 5PW

Fulbridge Child & Family Zone
Keeton Road
Peterborough PE1 3JQ

Gladstone Child & Family Zone
290 Gladstone St
Peterborough PE1 2BX

Iqbal Centre / Gladstone Connect
157 Cromwell Road
Peterborough PE1 2EL

South Bretton Family & Community Centre - Cross Keys Homes

WestRaven Community Cafe
Hampton Court

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