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Speedwell Children’s Centre

Speedwell Children’s Centre offers a range of Family Support Services and activities for mums, dads and carers of children aged from 0 to 4 years.

We offer:

  • -  Play and learning activities for you and your child
    -  Support and information about parenting issues as your child grows up
    -  Support in the home for those who choose it
    -  Access to Family Health services, and Speech & Language advice
    -  Help with finding jobs, training or childcare
    -  Support for childminders


Monday a.m.
E.S.O.L (English for speakers of other languages)
9:15am - 11:15am

20 week course run by SPAN. Créche Available - must be booked in advance.
Little Owls
1:30pm - 3:00pm
For children aged 2½ - 3 years old and their parent/carer, to help children get ready for their nursery place.

Tuesday a.m.
STAY and PLAY (At St Aidan's Church Hall, Map available on request.)
9:30am - 11am

This Stay and Play session is run by staff from our Children's Centre and Orchard Lea Nursery
Tuesday p.m.
Breast feeding Support
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Support with Breastfeeding from Barnardos peer support Breastfeeding Counsellor.
Under 1’s group
1.30pm – 3pm

A relaxed atmosphere with support from the Health Visiting team and a Children’s Centre practitioner.

Wednesday a.m.
Branching Out
9am – 11.00am
Would you like to find creative and exciting ways to gain skills for work? Come along and develop your existing talents and learn some new ones at the Branching Out group held in the Children's Centre on Wednesday mornings.
Crèche places available, please book in advance on 0117 903 0329
See you there!

Thursday a.m.
9:30am - 10:30am
Invitation only
Held at Hillfield's Library

An activity based group using nursery rhymes, music, dance and colourful props to help you learn about your babies communication.  For parents/carers of young babies aged 2-8 months.  Run in partnership with Hillfield's Children's Centre.

Friday a.m.
Stay & Play
9am – 11am

A friendly play session for babies to 4 year olds and their parents & carers. 

Click here to view link to: Children's Centre Leaflet

Click here to view link to:  news and calender

Click here to view link to street map for:  Speedwell Nursery

Click here to view link to street map for:  St Aidans Church Hall

Children's A&E services are changing

Children's A&E

From 7 May, Accident & Emergency services will no longer be available at Frenchay Hospital. Your specialist children’s A&E department, for children up to the age of 16, will be located at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

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We can offer you and your family a range of support as your child goes through different stages of development, with helping your child learn, or to feel more confident and part of your community.

Please just ask if you would like to make a time to talk to one of our Family Support Workers, who can either meet with you here or visit you at home if you prefer.

Click here to view link: Family Support Booklet for Parents

If you are a professional wanting to refer a family to us for support, please call us on 0117 9030 329. Our referral form and referral procedures are below:

Click here to view link: Referral Form for Outside Agencies
Click here to view link: Information for referrers for Outside Agencies

We want to hear from you! Please tell us if there is anything you think we could improve, or if you have any compliments for our services we would love to hear them too. Below is our family support questionnaire, giving you the opportunity to shape the services we offer over the year ahead.

Click here to view link: Family Support Questionnaire


We run holiday playschemes and trips out.  Please ask for more information.
Our family support workers and most of our family support groups are available throughout the holidays.  Please check dates before each holiday period.


For job searches, school applications and using other family friendly sites. Book a session, with IT support if you need it.

Advice and help available :
looking for jobs
returning to work
careers advice
Tax Tredit calculations
Benefit entitlements

We have provided a computer in the entrance foyer for parents/carers to use.  This can be used for job hunting, house hunting, benefit enquiries and to source other information.  There is a list with the computer of local (5 mile radius of nursery) jobs available for you to look through.  We also have a job of the week advertised on our parent's board in the entrance hall.  Please book in at reception to receive help and log-in information.
Thank you.


Hi, we are  the Children Centre Advice and Guidance Worker team for the East Central Bristol area and can assist parents/carers with children aged 0-5yrs in:
-   Identifying appropriate registered childcare options
-   Helping to source funding to pay for childcare
-   Signposting to relevant agencies who can provide return to work or training support
-   Providing assistance in seeking employment or training opportunities
-   Calculating entitlement to appropriate welfare benefits and tax credits including a better-off in work calculation
If you require information relating to any of the above please call The Family Information Service on 0845 129 7217 to register your details and I will contact you to arrange an appointment at one of the surgeries below. 



Looking for a service for children, young people or families in Bristol?
The Family Information Service provide free impartial information on the full range of childcare available for parent/carers and families to support their children up to their 20th birthday.
We can also help you find:
-   Advice about claiming Benefits and Entitlements
-   Family Support Groups
-   Free Parent Support Courses
-   Help with Childcare Costs
-   Local Events and Activities
-   Returning to Work or Training Advice
Call us on 0845 129 7217 
Please click on this link to see more information: Family Information Service