Plumstead Children’s Centre

Plumstead Children’s Centre also offers childcare places in the Bright- Start Day Nursery located within the Children’s Centre. The nursery is run by Home-start Greenwich and supports families with children under 5 and therefore have a wealth of experience in the welfare of young children. Home-start Greenwich took over the nursery in September 2016 and we continue to make improvements to the service we provide and will continue to do so.

We are also very accessible by public transport links and provide a happy safe environment where children can play, grow, learn and be themselves.

Offering year round care and have space for 56 children and attendance can be on a full week or full day basis. We are also happy to take children who are eligible for Early Years funding. Since September 2017 we have incorporated the 30 hours free funding into our nursery offer.

If you are interested in a place for your child or want further information, please contact them on 020 8317 6960

What's On

View THE PLUMSTEAD CHILDREN'S CENTRE 2018 PROGRAMME to find out what is going on at the Children's centre

Where to Find Us

Plumstead Children's Centre

6 Purrett Road
SE18 1JW

020 8836 9252

Buses: 177, 180, 469, 422, 96, 99

Get involved in your Children’s Centre

Parents Forum

Is a group for parents/carers just like you who attend Plumstead Children's Centre. You are welcome to come along and have your say as users of Children Centre Services. You will be able to contribute to the delivery of various events for families throughout the year. This group is also responsible for producing our quarterly news update. See notice boards for dates of meetings.


If you have a few hours per week to spare, we would welcome your help at Plumstead Children’s Centre. We need volunteers for our Stay and play groups, Toy Library and in the office. Please enquire at reception if you are interested in volunteering opportunities within the Centre. We may be able to support you with childcare. You will be required to complete CRB checks.

Surveys and Consultations

Occasionally you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to give us feedback on a particular service that is currently being offered or to identify the needs of Centre users. Your co-operation with this is very much appreciated.

Plumstead Children's Centre PROGRAMME - January to March 2018






Tiny Feet 1-5yrs
Dance activity for little walkers
10.45am -11.45am
Starting January 8th

Mum’s Aid Counselling
(Appointment only)
1pm - 4pm

Baby Group
0-12 months
(Drop in)
10am - 12pm

Signs & Rhymes with Speech & Language 0-3
10.30am – 11.30am
27th March

Sticky Fingers
Play, get messy and explore
Walkers – 36months

Monthly Meet-up for families with Downs Syndrome
(Drop in, all ages welcome first week of each month)
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Starting 9th Jan

Stay & Play – 0 to 5yrs
(Call to book)
1pm – 2.45pm

Health Visitor 1 & 2½ year old check
(Appointments only)
1pm – 4pm
Thames Midwife Clinic
(Appointment only)
9am - 5pm

Activ Tots 2-5 yrs
Physical activity for children

Community Clothes Bank for Toys & More
First Friday of each month
9.30am – 10.30am

Learn Through Play
Discover Learning through fun activities with your child for Age 2-4 years
(Please book)


General Activities that are drop-ins

Autism Weekly Meet-up:

Playgroup for autistic children (no age limit)

Baby Group:

Fun bonding & play drop-in for 0-1 year olds. (Brookhill, Slade, Plumstead & Glyndon)

Baby Weigh & Play:

Opportunity to drop-in and weigh your baby and socialise with other mums. (Glyndon)

Breast Feeding support Group:

Support for mothers who are breastfeeding. (Brookhill)

Bump, Birth and Beyond:

Support & Preparation for expectant families. (Brookhill)

Child Health Advice:

Child health drop-in clinic (Brookhill)

Childminders Stay & Play:

Play session for childminders and the children in their care. (Slade)

Her Centre Women’s Group (Coffee Morning):

For women needing confidential advice on practical and emotional issues. (Brookhill)

Integrated Therapy Sessions:

Drop-in clinic to for under 5’s to see Physiotherapist, Occupational and Speech and Language Therapist. (Brookhill)

Family Saturday club:

Fun activities for all the family every 1st Saturday of the month. (Brookhill)

Monthly meet-up for families with Downs syndrome:

All ages welcome first week of each month. (Plumstead)

Rhyme time 0-5 yrs:

partnership with Library which includes sing-a-long rhyme time sessions. (Slade)

Special Babies & Children 0-5 yrs:

Music, singing & sensory activities for babies with delays or SEND children (Drop in) (Slade)

Speech and Language Therapy Session:

Drop-in session to meet your local Speech and Language Therapist who can give you advice on your child’s speech development and answer any questions you may have about your child’s communication, even if they speak other languages. (Brookhill)

Stay and Play:

This is a centre run session where you come and stay with your child to enable you to meet other parents and carers in a friendly and fun atmosphere with opportunities to play and engage with your child. 50p per family. (All Centres)

Sticky Fingers:

Messy play and exploration for walkers to 36 month yr olds.(Plumstead)

Stop Smoking Clinic:

Drop-in clinic which offers advice, support and resources to help individuals to stop smoking (Glyndon)

General Activities with fixed class times

Activ Tots:

A fun way to learn about natural exercise for pre-school children aged 2 years onwards. (Slade, Glyndon & Plumstead)

Aim Karate kids:

Martial arts for Autistic/ADHD & Dyspraxia children (no age limit)(Brookhill)

Baby Ballet: 2-4 year olds:

5 week course in beginners’ ballet. (Slade)

Ballet sessions for 2-10 year olds:

On-going ballet lessons which includes techniques and termly performances. Ballet can assist and improve the development of children in their early learning years. Benefits include:*Nurture Confidence *Enhance focus* Promote bonding*Enable children to learn strength, flexibility & movement *Platform for self-expression. (Brookhill)

Music Therapy:

Come and try the various instruments and join in with the Music Therapist who runs the group. This helps your child be ready for nursery or school by supporting their core skills of listening, confidence and social awareness. (Brookhill, Glyndon & Slade)

Tiny Feet:

These sessions are a great introduction to dance and movement classes for toddlers and their parents. With fun steps, great music and passionate teachers you are guaranteed an exciting introduction into the world of dance. All walkers to pre-school aged children are welcome. (All Centres)


Keep fit exercise for adults (Brookhill)

Courses/Activities that need to be pre-booked

Baby Massage:

Learn massage techniques for pre-crawlers (Glyndon & Slade)

Bouncing Babies:

Singing with your baby course using actions and gestures (Brookhill)

Boy’s Talk:

5 week Positive & involved parenting course to build happy, confident and calm boys (Brookhill)

ESOL Course:

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Learning English or improving what you already know is really useful if you want to study or gain employment. (Brookhill)

Functional Skills Course:

Enables you to gain practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners. It provides you with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable you become confident and independent in daily life and work. (Brookhill)

Make a Story Bag:

Parents select a book, and decorate a bag using props and resources to help their children understand and enjoy the story.(Slade)

Making Children’s Clothes:

Sewing course using sewing machines to make children’s clothes. (Plumstead)


Pre-natal & Antenatal clinics. (Brookhill, Slade)

Weight management:

12 week course that involves BMI and blood pressure checks, weekly weigh-in, healthy eating and physical activity. Weekly smart goals and progress checks. (Brookhill)

Learning Through Play 2-4 yr olds:

Activities with 18 months plus to help them with communication and confidence building. (Glyndon, Plumstead)

Big Hopes Big Futures:

Home-Start Greenwich are running these pre-school readiness early learning sessions for parents and children. They are 12 week structured sessions around the needs of your child, including helping to establish routines, potty training and early literacy skills. (Glyndon)

Home-Start Family Group:

Attendance by invitation only. Group for Mums to get together to support each other and enjoy learning some new skills. (Brookhill)

Make-up lessons:

5 week Make-up lesson tutorial classes. (11th Jan-8th Feb) (Brookhill)

Family Legal Advice:

Advice and information on child contact, disputes between parents, domestic violence and disputes with social care. By appointment only. Call Slade Children’s Centre to book your appointment. (Slade)

Mums Aid Postal Natal Counselling Sessions:

Free post-natal counselling for mothers with a baby under 2 years old. For women experiencing emotional difficulties during pregnancy and after having a baby. By referral only. Booked appointments. (Brookhill)

Specific Children’s Centre Support

Family Support:

Children’s Centres offer support to families within our area in a variety of ways. All families go through some difficult times and our service understands that we can play a part in empowering mothers, fathers and carers in their role as parents. We can signpost you to services which you may wish to access. We can offer you one to one support with various issues. If you have concerns about anything please talk to our staff.

Infant Feeding:

We have now received accreditation for the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Award. This means we will be promoting breastfeeding, safe and responsive bottle feeding and strong and loving relationship[s between parents and their babies. Please speak to a member of staff.


The Parents Forum is made up of parents who want to get involved with the Children’s Centre which they normally attend. There are opportunities to have your say regarding activities and events which take place at the centres. If you would like to get involved please contact the Children’s Centre which is closest to you.

We want you to come and enjoy our activities at our centres, we know the challenges of getting children ready and the logistics of getting anywhere, please call us if you are running late and please let us know how we can help. More than one? Don’t be put off by the age ranges, it can be difficult to attend a class not designed to meet all your children’s needs, do not be put off, we are here to help and can accommodate most requests. Talk to Us, Service Development Team, 020 8319 5320

Activity Costs 2018

Our activities are mostly free however some activities require a fee to be paid in full on the first day of your course/activity.
The prices are as follows:

Stay and Plays a charge of 50 pence per family per session

Some courses have a cost and this information will be on the course leaflet. Concessions are available.

Some course Bookings are payable in advance for the whole course which would be a one off or a term.

No fee will be payable for any of our Health Services for example the Midwife Clinic, Developmental Checks, Health Visitor Clinic and Breastfeeding Support Group. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Crèche Places

Some crèches will have a small attendance charge but most are free. Please check course leaflet.

If you or your child are unable to attend due to illness or an emergency please contact us. Places are forfeited for the remainder of the course if no contact to cancel your place is made.

Volunteering Opportunities

Anyone interested in volunteering either as a home visiting volunteer for Homestart Greenwich or in the Children’s Centres to support services please contact Kate Shrager, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Homestart Greenwich Office on telephone on 020 8317 4298 or email