Gillingham Childrens Centre
Children's Centres aim to give all children the best possible start in life and enable parents to support their child and family. They act as a central point where families can access information and a range of services.
Gillingham Children's Centre is part of the North Dorset cluster and we work closely with Shaftesbury Children's Centre, Blandford Children's Centre and the Sturminster Newton Outreach Base. Groups and activities are held at a number of venues around the town and include:
- Messy Play
- Drop In sessions
- First Time Parents group
- Breastfeeding Support group
We also run a number of play days throughout the year during school holidays.
Find out what activities we are currently running in our Gillingham activities programme (pdf, 138kb) (opens in a new window) . We recommend that you check availability with the centre before attending an activity.
Parents and carers can access our outreach workers, who can provide additional support or help to direct you to other professionals.
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
Location and area covered
The centre is located in the Youth and Community Centre building on Cemetery Road, which is on the outskirts of the town. We cover Gillingham and the surrounding areas of Bourton, Motcombe, Buckholme Weston, Marnhull, The Stours and East and West Orchard.
There is limited free parking at the Youth Centre and one disabled parking space.
Please contact the Children's Centre for further information or just drop in. We are open Tuesday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm.
You can view the Gillingham Children's Centre Ofsted Inspection report (opens in a new window) that took place on 15 August 2012.