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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Children's Centre services and activities

Children's Centres and coronavirus

All Dorset Children's Centres are now closed.

We're still available to offer support to you and your family. Contact us through your local Family Partnership Zone.

If you're worried about the immediate safety of a child or young person contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service:

Children's Advice and Duty Service

Name: Single point of contact for safeguarding concerns
Tel: 01305228866
Full contact details for Children's Advice and Duty Service

Foodbanks in Dorset

Find your local foodbanks on our Family Information Directory.

Services and activities

Our Children's Centres are part of our Family Partnership Zones (FPZs). Our FPZs are part of our whole family offer for early help. The support is aimed at families who may be struggling and need more help.

Find a Children's Centre

Find and contact your nearest Children's Centre in Dorset.

Sure Start Children's Centre's aim to help families, from pregnancy through to primary school. They do this by providing:

  • services and activities needed in the community
  • information, support, and answers to enquiries

The service and support will differ at each centre, but they could offer:

  • parenting advice, support and information
  • home visits for families
  • play and learn sessions which can help you support your child's development
  • groups for parents with children who have extra needs
  • breastfeeding groups
  • access to a range of health services. Such as mental health, sexual health and contraception
  • information and advice about how to improve your skills and find work
  • advice for young parents
  • information on financial and housing matters
  • groups for dads
  • helping to stay healthy with advice on nutrition, weaning and stopping smoking
  • links to childcare providers and advice about help paying for childcare
  • support with the effects of domestic abuse


If you are worried and have concerns about a child, go to our child protection page.

Children's Centre nurseries

We have 2 nurseries and an out of school club at our Children's Centres. Find out about our nurseries and out of school club.

Get involved

Find out how you can get involved in your local Children's Centre

You can help by:

  • having your say to improve your local Family Partnership Zone
  • donating to a Children's Centre
  • volunteering at a Children's Centre
  • running your own parent and toddler group

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