March Child and Family Centre – Barnardo’s

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Barnardo's Child & Family Centres offer a variety of activities for children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers, aimed to support with development, bonding and understanding between child and parent/carer.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • It helps parents understand child development, ages and stages
  • It helps combat parent and child isolation
  • It provides health and wellbeing support from midwifery and health visitors

‘I enjoy spending time with my Daddy, he’s fun. I like reading stories and playing with my toys.’ Child attendee.

Walking into Barnardo’ Children and Family Centre in March:


What to expect?

You will receive a friendly welcome into all of the centres. You won’t need to bring anything with you, but if your child is involved in messy play you may wish to bring a clean set of clothing to change into after the session.

All of the venues have toilets and disabled toilets, and are wheelchair accessible. They also have car parking and are on Fenland bus routes.

More information

Barnardo’s is committed to the ambition of improving outcomes and life chances for all children, young people and their families.

The core purpose is to ensure that all children have the best start in life and achieve positive outcomes. A key focus of Barnardo’s service is reaching children and families from within their local community to support with day to day needs and challenges.

The centres create an environment where children feel that:

  • I like to interact with the adults around me.
  • I am curious.
  • I like to go to the park.
  • I am beginning to communicate my needs with pointing and making attempts at some words.
  • I like to show the family worker my toys when she visits.

All sessions and courses run by Barnardo’s are free:

Stay & Play (sessions):
Sessions provide a safe and stimulating learning environment in which parents/carers can play with their children, have fun and learn together whilst focusing on developing their child’s language, literacy and preparing their child for school. Suitable for toddlers to age 5.

Song, Rhyme & Storytime (sessions):
Fun and interactive zoom session suitable for all ages. Helps to promote language and literacy skills of children from birth‐5 years, through songs, rhymes, sharing of books and story sacks. We use a range of props to encourage movement, rhythm and listening skills making this a fun, action packed session.

Baby Time (sessions):
Providing a wonderful opportunity for you to help your baby to use their early senses to explore and develop their social skills in a relaxed and calm environment. Sessions provide time for parents/carers to make new friends, share their ideas or concerns and obtain information whilst gaining knowledge of their babies’ growth and development. Suitable from birth to walking.

Baby massage (course):
A perfect opportunity to build the bond between parent and baby and helps to reduce pain from colic, wind and constipation whilst also helping to promote a healthy immune system. Suitable for non-mobile babies.

Young Parents Group (sessions):
A group designed for parents aged up to 25 years old and their children aged up to 5 years.

NHS Midwifery Clinics:
Appointments only – Telephone: 01354 644366

NHS Health Visitors Clinics:
Appointments only – Telephone: 0300 029 5050

NHS Baby self-weigh:
For babies aged 6 weeks plus – this is a drop in session. Check with the centre for the day and time.

The only course with a charge is Baby Massage, to cover massage oils. Information is on the booking form linked below.

Visit the Barnardo’s booking form, where you will find details of charges, dates and times of sessions, and additional information.

You can find out what the other Barnardo’s Child and Family Centres across South Fenland do as well by visiting their pages:

How to contact

Where to go

March Child & Family Centre
Cavalry Drive
March PE15 9EQ

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