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Children's centres in Wiltshire

What are children's centres?

Children's centres and their services in the community are places where parents with children aged 0-5 years can share the challenges and joys of parenthood.  They offer a range of activities and support services to help you with all aspects of parenting to make sure your child gets the best start in life.

Children's centre services in Wiltshire are run on behalf of Wiltshire Council by two voluntary organisations: Spurgeons and The RISE Trust. These two charities receive funding from Wiltshire Council to help all children in the early years develop and flourish.

  • General information, advice and support for parents of young children
  • Information on how to access childcare provided by group settings (preschools/nurseries) or childminders
  • Family support services
  • Easy access to children's health services, including midwives and health visitors
  • Support for children with special needs including sensory rooms
  • Links with Jobcentre Plus, local training providers, further and higher education institutions
  • Messy play and fun play sessions

For more information on your local children's centre and the services provided, please contact the centre on the telephone number listed below.

  • Advice and support on what to expect when you have new baby and help with infant feeding
  • Baby message classes
  • Fun activities to do with your baby such as music and rhyme
  • The opportunity to access Baby Steps classes in some centres and community areas
  • Parenting programmes and advice to help you understand your child's needs and build your confidence as a parent
  • Fun activities to do with you toddler such as play sessions.  Some centres and community venues have outside play areas where children can explore and learn
  • Advice on the different types of childcare available in your area
  • Access to early years education for two year olds whose families receive particular benefits
  • Information about early years education for three and four year olds
  • Help with gaining qualifications and considering employment opportunities and benefits

Dads are really important in children's lives and are welcome to come along and enjoy all the services provided by children's centres

  • Children's centres can provide support to parents and children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Each children's centre will be able to provide information on Wiltshire's SEND Local Offer
  • Some centres hold support groups, and most have sensory rooms fully equipped to provide a safe, comfortable and colourful environment for you and your child to play together

Find your nearest children's centre

If you are in any doubt about where services are accessible - for example if there is not a permanent building near you - or if you have any questions regardsin services on offer, you can contact one of the numbers below for swift and friendly information.  Advice is also available on employment issues, benefit entitlements and how to access early years childcare funding.  Don't worry if you aren't sure which area on the county you are in - all the centre staff on hand will be able to help you - wherever you are.

North WiltshireContact
Calne Children's Centre
01249 823247
Spring Rise Children's Centre, Chippenham01249 464008
The Rise Children's Centre, Chippenham
01249 463040
Royal Wootton Bassett Children's Centre
01793 851224

See the RISE website for more information:


East WiltshireContact
Devizes Children's Centre
01380 739835
Windmill Hill Children's Centre, Tidworth
01980 843010
Visit Spurgeon's website for more information:


South Wiltshire
Bulford Children's Centre
01980 632660
Little Folly Children's Centre, Salisbury
01722 414301
Tisbury Children's Centre01747 861108
Visit Spurgeon's website for more information:


West WiltshireContact
Canberra Children's Centre, Melksham
01225 705225
Studley Green Children's Centre, Trowbridge
01225 719753
Visit Spurgeon's website for more information:https://www.spurgeons.org/find-your-local-service/wiltshire-hub/ 

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Last updated: 28 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 28 April 2020