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Children’s centres

Children’s centres are local community centres which support babies, pre-school children and their families


Centres offer a range of early intervention services, such as:

  • support for mums, dads and carers
  • help getting jobs and training
  • health services
  • daycare and activities for babies and toddlers

Each centre offers different services, including:

  • childcare
  • early education
  • training or finding a new job
  • antenatal classes
  • baby clinics
  • support with breastfeeding
  • support with parenting and speech and language
  • drop-in sessions for parents and children
  • services for children with special needs and disabilities (we also have specialist centres for disabled children)

Check with your local children’s centre to find out what they offer.

Children's centre registration form (PDF, 143 KB)

Find your nearest children's centre

Our children's centres

Find your nearest children's centre

Children's centres are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Becontree Children's Centre

Becontree Primary School, Steven's Road, Dagenham RM8 2QR

020 8724 1830

Gascoigne Children's Centre

140 St Ann's, Barking IG11 7AD

020 8724 1147

Leys Children's Centre

215 Wellington Drive, Dagenham RM10 9XW

020 8724 1983

Marks Gate Children's Centre

Marks Gate Community Centre, Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NR

020 8270 6091

Sue Bramley Children's Centre

Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LH

020 8270 6619

The Heathway Centre (for families with a disabled child)

512a The Heathway, Dagenham RM10 7SJ

020 8227 5500

Find out more about The Heathway Centre

William Bellamy Children's Centre

Frizlands Lane, Dagenham RM10 7HX

020 8724 1924

Infant feeding support

If you require information or support with breastfeeding and infant feeding, contact your health visitor.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.

0300 100 0212

Every day, 9.30am to 9.30pm

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Activities, events and courses

Search for children’s centre services  across Barking and Dagenham. All activities are free unless otherwise stated.

Search children's centre activities

Activities programmes

Marks Gate and Becontree children’s centres, Valence Library, Chadwell Heath Community Centre (PDF, 260 KB)

William Bellamy and Leys children’s centres, Dagenham Library (PDF, 348 KB)

Sue Bramley and Gascoigne children’s centres, Barking Library and Thames View Library (PDF, 344 KB)

Benefit advice

Our children's centres offer a range of advice on benefits.

Children's centre benefit advice


Volunteering can benefit you in many ways. It can help you to:

  • improve your self-confidence and develop new skills
  • improve your CV and gain references
  • prove to an employer you have evidence of working in a professional environment

You can volunteer at any of the children’s centres in Barking and Dagenham. You can donate as little as two hours per week. If you want to, you can also link your volunteering to a course and gain a qualification.

Apply to be a volunteer