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 is a free 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, sorry – no older siblings at this one.

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 about your child's learning and development
  • Suggestions to do at home
  • A lovely wind down And our ‘Good Bye’ song

You don’t need to book, just come along. 

What do parents say?

“Friendly atmosphere”.  “Meet new people”  “Lots of toys for babies to play with”. “It is a great way to meet other Mums and babies of the same age and give each other tips and ideas, and learn new activities to do with your child”. “Love how laid back it is,  you work round your baby needs and no one judges you and all the staff are lovely”. “It’s great to get together with like minded people”.

Stay and Play

Is for children under 5 and their parents and carers.  If you have more than one child under 5 it's ideal as it caters for all children under 5.  
    •    your child will have the opportunity to learn and play with you
    •    you and your child will make new friends
    •    you can talk to staff about any concerns, get information and find out about other services availalble.

All our stay and play sessions include activities such as crafts, water play and treasure baskets, snack time (please bring fruit) 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
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

At Gym Tots there are lots of fun but risky equipment, so to keep everyone safe we have a few rules.
In order to avoid slipping please put your children in appropriate footwear ie. Trainers, or barefoot. Please 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 friendly groups where you can meet other breastfeeding mums and get some help and support.

News

  • Jun 21, 2018

    ‼️Important notice‼️

    Ilminster Avenue groups are still running as usual. Please see Knowle West Children's Centre Facebook page for all details of group times and locations.

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  • First of a monthly tea and talk session next Tuesday at the library:

    Jun 21, 2018

    First of a monthly tea and talk session next Tuesday at the library:

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  • Karin Smyth MP, Labour MP for Bristol South

    Jun 20, 2018

    Free financial advice for Bristol South residents at Money Entitlement Event -- PLEASE SHARE!! The Park Centre

    Bristol South residents are being invited to a free money entitlement event in Knowle this Friday, 22 June.

    The event, run by local MP Karin Smyth, is designed to help local people access all the financial help they’re entitled to, while keeping on top of the latest changes to rules around tax credits, pensions and benefits.

    Karin Smyth MP said:

    “It can be tricky to keep up to speed with the changes to various aspects of financial support. That’s why I am hosting this this event, to answer any questions residents may have, and help ensure that they access whatever support they are entitled to.

    “It’s an informal event, which is free to attend, and a chance to get some professional financial advice over a cup of tea or coffee. There’s no need to register – just pop along!”

    Representatives from groups such as Bristol Citizens Advice, South Bristol Advice Services, We Care and Repair and the council’s Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service will be on hand to answer questions and guide people through the various application processes.

    Karin Smyth MP added:

    “It’s only fair that if you work hard and contribute to society, through taxes and other means, the system is then there for you when you need it.

    “I hope that this event will help local people access more easily the support to which they are entitled.”

    The free event is at The Park Community Centre, Daventry Road, BS4 1DQ on Friday 22 June from 1.00 am to 3.00 pm.

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  • Secret World Wildlife Rescue

    Jun 20, 2018

    We desperately need response drivers to pick up casualties to bring into our centre. If you can help please apply here:
    https://www.secretworld.org/volunteer/response-driver/
    #Thankyou #CharityTuesday #swwr #volunteer #volunteers
    Thank you so much, we desperately need help at this time of year.

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  • Community Access Support Service

    Jun 20, 2018

    Becoming a parent can be challenging for anyone, so it's great to see a new service from Mothers for Mothers for dads in Bristol.

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  • Jun 20, 2018

    We have been gathering high-quality furniture brought to our tips to keep them out of the waste stream and will be having a sale! Nothing above £40 and all the proceeds go back to the Bristol Reuse Network to help support reuse driven groups here at home!

    There's more on-site than furniture, join us for a free bike repair from The Bristol Bike Project and DIY furniture and upcycling advice from Fern of The Makershed, a tour of our transfer station and much more!

    Find out more by visiting www.facebook.com/events/120783062115033

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Our Staff

Lil Bowers is our lovely Children's Centre Manager, she keeps us all super busy! 

Vicky, Team Leader

Caroline, Team Leader

Melissa, Lead Teacher

Donna, Family Support Practitioner

Julie Long, Team Leader

Rachel, Family Support Practitioner

Jody, Family Support Practitioner

Joan, Family Support Practitioner

Little Links Team

Sophie, Early Years Worker

Lianne, Family Support Worker

The Admin Team

Emma

Kelly

Helen

Contact

  • Address

    Whittock Road, Bristol , United Kingdom, BS14 8DQ

  • Telephone

    0117 3533503

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  • Hours

    Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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