Dorchester Childrens Centre
Dorchester children's centre is for all parents/carers with a child aged 'Under 5' years and under '7' years if there is a specific need. We offer information, advice and run a programme of activities.
What we do
We have lots of useful information that you can access whenever you need it including:
- Parenting programmes
- Employment advice & job vacancies
- Outreach support offered by our family support workers
- Budgeting and debt advice in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau
- Healthy living and dietary advice
We work closely with other agencies and would be happy to show you round the centre. We run a range of activities at the centre so take a look and find out what's on for you and your child in our current Dorchester children's centre activity programme (pdf, 46kb) (opens in a new window) . Our handy guide on activities at the Children's Centre (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) should tell you everything you need to know about the groups on our programme.
We are committed to safeguarding children and can offer support and advice. Find more information on safeguarding children, how we assess children who need extra support and how you can volunteer at the centre on our essential information for all children's centres web page.
We have an outreach base in Maiden Newton, which is situated in the grounds of Greenford Primary School.
Location and area covered
Our address is Middle Farm House, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3WA. We cover the west side of Dorchester and the surrounding villages reaching as far as Abbotsbury and Litton Cheney. Our Maiden Newton outreach base covers Maiden Newton and the surrounding villages, reaching as far as Rampisham.
We are part of a cluster of centres in West Dorset and in particular we work closely with Broadmayne children's centre.
There is some parking available near the centre in Poundbury.
At the Outreach base in Maiden Newton, there is one Disabled parking bay, to be used only by families displaying a Blue Badge. However, there is some parking on Chilfrome Lane.
If you are within walking distance we would encourage you to walk, as this not only helps the environment but also the health of you and your child. Plus, think of all the wildlife you can see and things you can do whilst walking.
Please feel free to drop in to the centre to enquire about our sessions or outreach support. We look forward to seeing you and your children.