Best Start in Life (BSiL) Children's Centres

Newham's Children's Centres offer a range of services to help give your child the best start in life. You can register for free if you are a Newham resident with a child under 5 (including if you're pregnant). You can register by clicking the 'Family Registration' link on the right-hand side of this page.

We also provide free support to Childminders who live in Newham or look after a Newham child. Childminders can register by clicking on the 'Childminder Registration' link.

If you would like support from a Family Support Worker, you can make a self-referral online via our MASH portal (click here) or speak to your local children’s centre and ask them to complete a referral for you.  If you are a professional who would like to refer a family, please use the MASH referral form. If you’re a Newham Children’s Social Worker looking to stepdown a case, please contact Deborah Reid in the Early Help Hub for a case consultation.

What we offer

Activity Programmes

In light of Covid-19 and in order to support families to stay safe and active, our  activities programme this year will be online delivered via the Zoom app. Zoom can be downloaded for free from the App Store or the Zoom website, Each of our 8 Community Neighbourhoods has their own timetable for activities and copies of their timetables are available on their individual websites and in the “downloads” section of this page. Please see the calendars and individual websites for booking instructions.

Children’s Centre websites

Access to childcare (nurseries and childminders)

We can help you to find childcare, including free childcare for eligible two, three and four year olds.

Stay and play sessions (child development support)

Children learn and develop important skills through play. Stay and play sessions show you how you can support your child's learning at home. These sessions are open to everyone and you can also meet other local families.

Targeted stay and play sessions (child development support)

Some sessions support families around particular issues, including children with additional needs. Some of these sessions might be open to everyone and some might be by invitation only.

Please see the timetable for your local children’s centre to find out what is available in your area.

If you have any worries about your child’s development, then you can talk to any of our Children's Centre staff. You can also talk to your Health Visitor, your GP or your child’s nursery/childminder.

Parenting support

Our Family Support Workers help families to tackle issues having an impact on the family. This includes issues such as domestic violence, mental health, housing, and financial struggles.

We can also help build your parenting skills and confidence. You can talk to us about managing your child's behaviour, healthy eating, speech and language or anything else.

Volunteering and support into employment

If you want to build your skills and confidence, you can volunteer in Children's Centres and help us out. Our centres can also help you to learn and develop skills through workshops and courses. This can include English and Maths lessons, or Childminder and Teaching Assistant courses. We also work with other organisations, like Workplace, who can help you find work.

Health and well-being support

Your local Health Visitors provide advice and support on a range of health issues. They can support you through pregnancy into the first years of your child's life. You can ask them about any health issues such as breastfeeding, weaning or speech delay. Children's Centres will also have sessions to help you with healthy eating, toileting, sleep routines and other issues.

Find your local children's centre

We have at least one centre in each Community Neighbourhood.  Map and contact details for our Children's Centres are under the 'View all services' button. You can select 'show on map' on the search results to see which centre is closest to you. 

Hungry Little Minds

If you want some ideas for activities you can do at home with your child, then check out Hungry Little Minds. It has videos and ideas that you can your child can do together. Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even if they’re too young to understand what you’re saying! You can turn anything into a game and it will help your child start getting ready for school whatever their age.