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 using the online 'Family Registration' form.
Childminders who live in Newham, or who look after a Newham child, can access children’s centre space to deliver their own childminder network sessions (please talk to your local children’s centre). Childminders can register by using the online 'Childminder Registration' form.
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
Local Services and Children's Centre websites
Each of our 8 Community Neighbourhoods has their own timetable for activities which can be found below as well as on their individual websites.
- Beckton and Royal Docks Activity Timetable
- Canning Town and Custom House Activity Timetable
- East Ham Altmore Activity Timetable
- East Ham Oliver Thomas Activity Timetable
- Forest Gate Activity Timetable
- Green Street Activity Timetable
- Manor Park Activity Timetable
- Plaistow Activity Timetable
- Stratford and West Ham Activity Timetable
Children’s Centre websites
- Beckton and Royal Docks: Beckton and Royal Docks Children's Centre
- Canning Town and Custom House: Edith Kerrison Nursery School and Children's Centre and Keir Hardie Children's Centre
- East Ham: Altmore Children's Centre and Oliver Thomas Nursery School and Children's Centre
- Forest Gate: Kay Rowe Nursery School and Children's Centre
- Green Street: St. Stephen's Nursery and Children's Centre
- Manor Park: Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre
- Plaistow: Plaistow Primary School & Children's Centre
- Stratford and West Ham: Rebecca Cheetham Nursery & Children's Centre
Access to Childcare (nurseries and childminders)
If you want to know more about accessing early education and childcare (including free childcare for eligible two, three and four year olds), or want support finding childcare, please view our Early Education page).
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/booking 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.
A 4 to 5 week programme intervention for children with speech delay (usually from 18 months), who need a bit of additional support around the speech and communication. This means that they may only be using a few words but the rest of their development e.g. play, attention and listening, may be appearing to be developing appropriately.
This group support parents / carers in helping their child's language and communication at home, providing positive communication environments, reducing screen time, how to play and respond to their child etc. The group is for parents / carers and children to attend together and parents / carers are expected to try out the activities in the sessions and continue at home.
In order to be referred to this group, please speak to any professional including a SALT, Health Visitor or your local Children’s Centre.
Parenting and Family 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.
You can access a wide offer of parenting support programmes through Newham’s parenting team and the Early Help Hub– please see our Parenting page.
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 have sessions to help you with healthy eating, toileting, sleep routines and other issues. We also provide free Healthy Start vitamins for eligible families, and can support you to access the Healthy Start voucher scheme.
You can find more information on our Best Start for Life page. This page will include information and links on topics such:
Useful Links and Contacts
Nutrition support for families - Nutrition for Parents - Early Start Group
Supporting baby’s speech and language - https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/learning-to-talk