Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre is a registered charity providing family support and childcare services to our local community in north Bristol and beyond. We are the only independent Children’s Centre in Bristol. Our aim is to improve the education and development of babies and young children by providing family support services, community groups and nursery and preschool care.
Our Family Support team provide a wide range of services aimed at supporting local families, including Children’s Centre services for Brentry and Henbury on behalf of Bristol City Council plus other projects and initiatives. Our staff have expertise in areas such as parenting, domestic violence, and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We work closely with local Health Visitors, Community Midwives and other agencies to ensure that families are able to access the best and most appropriate support. The team also undertake work across the broader Bristol and South Gloucestershire area, such as the Children Affected by Parental Offending (CAPO) project.
We offer nursery and preschool care for children aged 6 months – 4 years old at our site in Brentry, next to Brentry Primary School. We employ highly qualified staff and we work on the principles of child-led learning and the curiosity approach. Our Annual Parental Satisfaction surveys regularly show high levels of satisfaction, with parents acknowledging the high standards of care their children receive. We have expertise in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and we have a dedicated room, Blossom, for individual and small group work with these children.
Brentry & Henbury Children’s Centre was established as a charity and Neighbourhood Nursery in 2004 when local preschool Playdays closed after losing its premises. The Playdays team and the local community commissioned research into the need for childcare and family support within the area and secured funding to build the Children’s Centre in the grounds of Brentry Primary School. Our second site opened at nearby Henbury Court in 2008 to provide family support and childcare for the neighbouring local community.
We are part of North Bristol Children’s Centres, a partnership of eight children’s centres across north Bristol.