About

“Supporting families to thrive in the heart of the community”

Southern Links Children’s Centre run a lot of different groups, all free, for families with babies and young children under the age of 5.

We provide a family support service for families in our local area, offering help & support when it's most needed.

We run a small nursery for 2 year olds eligible for the 2 year old Free entitlement.

You can register with your children's centre online below so you can start using our groups and services.

Children’s Centre Registration Form

Registration Form to print off & complete

Our Groups

BABY GROUP

£1 donation

Baby group is a weekly group for parents/carers and their children from birth to one year of age.  It is term-time only and focuses on you and your baby’s needs.

What happens at Baby Group?

  • A warm welcome for everyone with our ‘Hello Song’
  • Time to play with your child
  • Singing and Rhymes
  • An opportunity to talk with other parents
  • share information and ideas
  • Suggestions to do at home
  • Chance to speak with our Practitioenrs
  • A lovely wind down And our ‘Good Bye’ song

What do parents say?

“Friendly atmosphere”

"Meet new people” 

 “Lots of toys for babies to play with”

"No  one judges you and all the staff are lovely”

“It’s great to get together with like minded people”.

STAY & PLAY

Please bring along £1 for group and some fruit for snack

  • For children under 5 and their parents and carers.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to learn and play with you
  • a chance to meet new frinds
  • Talk to staff
  • Find out what is going on in the area


All our stay and play sessions include activities such as crafts, water play and treasure baskets, snack time and singing and sometimes stories too.

Parents are able to drop in to whichever Stay & Play they would like without pre-booking however sessions can be very busy, if we reach our group limit priority will go to families living in the Children’s Centre reach area.


What do parents say
Parents like...
“Meeting other parents, talking to staff, songs and stories”.
“I loved the little activities that are set out and staff are really friendly”.
“Different toys and activities my children can do, which I wouldn’t do at home , due to the mess”.
“The staff. They are so friendly and supportive. Other toddler groups just focus on the children. This is the only place where I feel like the staff are here for the parents, just as much as they are for the children, and this is why I love the Children’s Centre. They have offered me so much support through a difficult time in my life”.

GYM TOTS

£1 donation
Gym Tots is a fun physical development session for parents and carers to come along with their children under 5, to explore physical resources and take ideas home.

Our session routine is as follows:

  •   Hello song
  •   Warm up time (two action songs)
  •   Free flow physical play (focus activity and theme)
  •   Parachute time (singing and rhymes with the parachute)
  •   Goodbye song

Please put your children in appropriate footwear ie. Trainers, or barefoot.

Do not keep socks on them.

Please supervise your children at all times in order to keep them and others safe

What Parents Say
“Really enjoyable group, thank you!”.
“Great Place”.
“There are lots of toys and equipment for both kids to play on which I wouldn’t be able to provide at home”.
“It provides excellent physical exercise for the children whatever the weather in a structured environment. Great for preparation for pre-school”.
“Fun, good layout, friendly staff and its free!”

BREASTFEEDING GROUP

Our breastfeeding support groups are lovely relaxed groups where you can meet other breastfeeding mums and get some help and support.

Volunteer Peer Supporters run the groups and are very friendly and knowledgeable.

News
  • Aug 10, 2022

    Come along to our Summer Event this afternoon BS14 8DQ 13:00-14:30!!

    We also have We the Curious attending who are putting on a very special show!!!!

    Due to the extreme heat we advise wearing sun hats and suncream ☀️☀️

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    Aug 8, 2022

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  • Come along to the children's centre on Wednesday 10th August 1-2:

    Aug 4, 2022

    Come along to the children's centre on Wednesday 10th August 1-2:30 to take part in our summer event of Handa's Surprise alongside and amazing Boxville show by We the Curious.

    No need to book!!

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    Aug 1, 2022

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  • Southern Links Children's Centre

    Jul 27, 2022

    👀 #summerholidayactivities in Bristol Libraries
    🐶 DogsTrust are doing lots of workshops throughout the holidays for Key Stage 2 children
    28/07/22 Thursday 10.00 – 11.30 Bedminster
    16/08/22 Tuesday 10.30 – 12.00 St George
    22/08/22 Monday 1.30 – 3.00 Whitchurch
    25/08/22 Thursday 11.00 – 12.30 Horfield
    30/08/22 Tuesday 11.00 – 12.30 Sea Mills
    31/08/22 Wednesday 1.00 – 2.30 Southmead
    To book a place email Helen.peake@dogstrust.org.uk and Andrew.blayney@dogstrust.org.uk

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  • Southern Links Children's Centre

    Jul 27, 2022

    How’s feeding going?

    Breastfeeding isn’t supposed to be a horrible experience.

    We understand that in many cases it can be difficult to get going. Many women find the early days of breastfeeding a very steep learning curve.

    It’s hard to ask for help. It’s hard asking for help before you are in a crisis.

    If you are experiencing intense, excruciating pain

    Pain that continues through the entire feeding

    Pain between feedings

    Pain that continues past the first couple of weeks

    Skin damage–cracks, blisters

    Then don’t let someone tell you that “everything looks fine” – it is either a sign that damage is being done or of some underlying condition (infection, etc.).

    If you’re experiencing pain that makes you dread feeding your baby or that you describe as excruciating or if you have cracked or bleeding nipples, then this is NOT typical and there is almost always something that can be done to address the issue and to alleviate the pain.

    Please do not assume this is simply “what breastfeeding is supposed to be like” and just suffer through it – ask for help!

    Many breastfeeding supporters and breastfeeding counsellors started supporting because of their own experience.

    #hardtoaskforhelp #sustainablebreastfeeding #breastfeedingsupport #worktogether #notfailing #notjudging #bristolbreastfeeding #bristolbabies #informedisbest #naturallikewalkingnotbreathing

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  • Address

    Whittock Road, Bristol , United Kingdom, BS14 8DQ

  • Telephone

    0117 3533503

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  • Hours
    Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Tuesday - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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