The core purpose of the Bristol Children’s Centres

To give every child a good start in life

The core purpose of Bristol Children’s Centres is to improve outcomes for young children and their families, with a particular focus on families in greatest need of support, in order to reduce inequalities in:

  • Child development and school readiness
  • Parenting aspirations, self esteem and parenting skills, and
  • Child and family health and life chances.

Read more about the Bristol Children’s Centres in this Bristol Learning City presentation…


Children’s Centres provide seamless, integrated services, tailored to the needs of each community including:

  • Early education and childcare
  • Health and maternity services
  • Debt, benefits and housing advice
  • Adult learning and volunteering opportunities
  • Employment support (Job Centre Plus)
  • Universal, tailored and targeted Family Support programmes.

Family Support contacts

Sally Jaeckle, Head of Early Years Services

Family Support SLEs

Lucy Hudd -
Michaela Wilcox -
Sharyn Ayres -