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Children and Family Service

Children and Family Hubs provide a wide range of services and information for families with children in the local community and are also great places to meet new people. The service objective is to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in life and provide parents with valuable support and advice.


Services provided by Children and Family Hubs and Wellbeing Centres

There are four Children and Family Hubs that provide a variety of support and services to local families including:

  • drop-in sessions for parents and children - stay and play, music, story time and many more activities
  • ante-natal classes and baby clinics
  • encouragement and support for parents thinking about training or finding a new job
  • links with local schools and voluntary agencies
  • information and advice about breastfeeding, speech and language, parenting, health issues and all the difficult times that can be experienced with babies and young children.

The hubs are supported by nine Children and Family Wellbeing Centres which are based in primary schools. In addition, there is also outreach work in the community and in people's own homes.

This model will allow the council to continue to meet its statutory responsibilities for early childhood services and reduce inequality, targeting the most vulnerable children and families.

The children and family hubs will primarily provide multi-agency support to those with greater needs who require additional help and support. 


Children and Family Hubs:

  • Strood - Gun Lane (All Faiths) and Strood Youth Centre
  • Chatham - All Saints
  • Wayfield - Luton
  • Gillingham - Woodlands


Children and Family Wellbeing Centres:

  • Bligh - Strood
  • Deanwood - Rainham / Parkwood
  • Crest - Rochester
  • Hand in Hand - Twydall Gillingham
  • Lordswood
  • Oaklands - Walderslade / Weedswood
  • Riverside - Rainham
  • Saxon Way - Gillingham
  • Hoo


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Page updated 29 December 2017