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Under 5s

Our aim is to ensure that Reading’s young children have the best start in life with easy access to maternity, health, education and support services.

Reading Children’s Centres

Our children’s centres welcome all families and provide a wide range of services to give children the best start in life. We offer:

  • Early education integrated with childcare
  • Free activities for babies and toddlers, 0-5 years old.
  • Child and family health services
  • Family friendly support services
  • A journey to employment – support with work or training
  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Meet other parents and carers

Have a look at some of the fantastic groups and free activities we run here in our latest programmes for each children’s centre.

East Reading Children’s Centre

A colourful East Cluster timetable






South Reading Children’s Centre

Colourful South Reading children's centre timetable

West Reading Children’s Centre

West Cluster children's centre timetable poster






West Central Reading Children’s Centre

Colourful West Central Reading children's centre timetable poster

Register with us

To benefit from any of our fantastic, free services, you will need to register with our children’s centres. Please click here to complete our short online form.

You can read more details about our centres and all we offer, here.

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Get in touch

You can contact us at where we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Also, you can join in with fun activities and find out about all the latest sessions we offer on our Facebook page here.

Where you can find our centres 

There are four hubs and three satellites across Reading which deliver services to our communities.

  • East Reading – services available from Sunstreet Hub and Caversham Children’s Centre
  • South – services available from Whitley Hub
  • West Central – services available from Southcote Hub and Coley Children’s Centre
  • West – services available from Ranikhet Hub and Battle Library


Our teams

Family workers and family group workers

Family workers and family group workers offer support to meet individual family needs, this can be within the hubs or within family homes.

If you are looking for individual support within the home with one of our family workers, you can access this service via our Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPoA).

To find out more about our teams please click here, or please contact us at  where we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Access to support groups

We offer a variety of support groups throughout the year; we aim to meet the needs within our communities for children 0–5 years old. These sessions are designed to support your children with their development and to enable you to have the skills to positively parent your children.

Click here to go to our Facebook page where our activities are shared or please contact us at where we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Community groups

Children’s Centres believe in working closely with community groups to help provide a wider service to the local community.  We pride ourselves on supporting volunteer groups to extended services to families. This could include: working with volunteer groups such as Home Start, Community volunteers who set groups up within our buildings such as Dad’s Club and supporting external community groups where needed.

Please contact us at  where we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.


For more information please click here to visit Family Information Service and here to visit Reading Voluntary Action.

Community cafes

There are two vibrant community cafes based in Whitley and Southcote hubs which provide a friendly central meeting point for families.

Adult education with free Ofsted registered crèche

We offer various formal learning courses English, Maths and Childcare and informal bespoke courses which can offer a stepping stone to future employment. Within our formal offer there is an opportunity to access our free crèche places for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Click here to our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest courses


Please contact us at where we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

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