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Plaistow Primary School



Plaistow Children's Centre

Welcome to Plaistow Community Neighbourhood Children's Centre

We believe every child and family deserves the best start in life regardless of background, learning difficulty, disability or gender.

We run exciting and stimulating services for 49 weeks of the year, offering a wide range of activities that support children from pre-birth to five years old, their parents and carers as well as childminders.

We pride ourselves on delivering excellence for all children within the Foundation Years (birth to five years old). Our staff and volunteers aim to help children experience the best possible start in life enabling them to achieve their full potential.

We make it our priority to get to know each child and family. We plan and deliver activities that are not only developmentally appropriate but are also joyful, creative and aspirational for both children and their families.

We are incredibly proud of our Children's Centre. It successfully reaches hundreds of families in our local area to provide the support they need to ensure children get the best possible start in life. 

The Children's Centre and the Primary School work closely to ensure that children are safe, nurtured healthy and active as they learn and thrive. I look forward to meeting you in our Children's Centre soon.

Dean Benoit, Head Teacher

Activity Calendar

Best Start in Life Guarantee

Parenting Befriending Information

Covid-19 Help and Support Information Webinars]


Weaning Your Baby Webinar – families can book using the following link: https://www.earlystartgroup.com/nutrition/parents-page/weaning-your-baby-webinar-for-parents/ 

Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 8pm 

The weaning webinar will cover:

  • What foods to offer 

  • Mealtime routine and recipe ideas

  • Examples of food textures – from purees to lumpy and finger foods

  • How to support your baby at mealtimes

  • Drinks for baby with advice on introducing a cup


Toddler Meals and Snacks Webinar – families can book using the following link: https://www.earlystartgroup.com/nutrition/parents-page/toddlers-meals-and-snacks-webinar-for-parents/ 

Thursday 21st April 2022 at 8pm

The toddler webinar will cover:

  • Meal planning advice – what foods to offer
  • Creating a positive mealtime environment
  • Snack and drink ideas
  • Vitamin requirements


Feeding your Baby in the First Year – families can book using the following link: https://www.earlystartgroup.com/product/feeding-your-baby-in-the-first-year/ 

The toddler webinar will cover:

  • This course explores questions, such as when to offer your baby their first foods, what foods to offer and how to encourage your little one to try lumpy and finger foods. 


If families are unable to attend the above webinars we also have a number of free e-guides that can be accessed providing families with top tips and links to practical resources – these can be accessed for FREE using the code: earlystartnutrition

Health Visiting Team Led Sessions

Stay tuned for updated dates and times. 

Hungry Little Minds

If you want some ideas for activities you can do at home with your child, then check out Hungry Little Minds.

It has videos and ideas that you can your child can do together.

Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even if they’re too young to understand what you’re saying!

You can turn anything into a game and it will help your child start getting ready for school whatever their age.


We always welcome the views of all those in our our community:

 "I attend coffee mornings, Mini Gym and the new Plant and Grow Session during the week. The children's Centre staff are always very friendly and welcoming. It's not only my daughter who enjoys these sessions, it's myself also. I enjoy speaking to new parents from different cultures and backgrounds where we share information between us."


"The sessions are great. During this pandemic it has been very difficult for myself and my two children. Not being able to attend the Children's Centre or leave the house has been hard. My children love the sessions and we attend virtually every week. Thank you to all the Children's Centre staff."


"Myself and my children enjoy the virtual sessions, can't wait until the face to face sessions reopen."


"The staff are so kind and always makes us feel welcome. Myself and my daughter love the new Plant and Grow session, it is such an interesting session."

You can share your views and ideas with us in any format you find suitable. We offer Parent Forum sessions on a quarterly basis (dates are advertised in our activity calendar). We have comments and suggestion slips available in the centre or you can email or call us directly.

We hold Children Centre Advisory Board meetings on a quarterly basis and welcome parental representation as we want parents to shape our services as well as using them.

Please call our Children Centre Manager Rukhsana Bibi for further information and to register your interest.

The Best Start in Life Guarantee

The Best Start in life Guarantee (BSiL) covers 5 key areas. To ensure we support you in accessing these areas tailored to your specific needs. We will:

  • Ensure children who are entitled to free 15 hours free child care are gaining the help and support needed to secure a nursery placement.
  • Deliver regular stay and play sessions each week. These sessions will be planned and evaluated to ensure the Early Years Foundation Stage framework is adhered to giving children a better opportunity to reach their full potential. 2
  • Provide programmes, workshops and sessions offering evidence based advice and guidance to improve parenting capacity.
  • Offer regular employment/ training advice, practical support and workshops.
  • Make available family health and development sessions which include, antenatal support, the transition to parenthood; the early weeks of life; perinatal wellbeing; breastfeeding initiation; healthy weight and nutrition; managing minor ailments and reducing accidents; and supporting speech and language development.

Family Support

We have skilled staff members who can provide help and advice to issues which may be concerning to you as a family and may be a barrier in accessing services. We can provide advice around services such as housing and benefits, training and employment signposting and support, community participation, health advice and access support, parenting support and signposting and much more tailored aspects of support dependent on your individual circumstances.

Training Sessions

We have resumed ESOL (English as an additional Language) and Teaching Assistant Level 2 (Virtual) Sessions. Please call the centre for further information.


The safeguarding of children is always our topmost priority.

If you are worried about a child and require more urgent assistance please contact Newham MASH on 0203 3373 4600. If you have a medical concern please contact your GP or call 111.

In case of an emergency you should call 999.

You can also contact Rukhsana Bibi in the Children's Centre with any concerns at any time.

Support Organisations

Scope The disability equality charity in England and Wales. Providing practical information and emotional support when it's most needed, and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society

Action for Children Protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. 

Family Support Referral Providing early help and family support for families with young children

Newham Council Covid-19 Support Services for Newham residents.

Hestia Supporting adults and children in times of crisis, delivering services across London. Contact number is 020 7517 1420

Newham Workplace Helping Newham residents get into work, regardless of level of experience. Providing support and advice. 

Newham Money Works Support for Newham residents who may be struggling with debt or the cost of everyday living.

Mind Mental health support for the whole family

NHS Volunteer Responders  NHS Volunteer Responders is a scheme set up by the NHS and Royal Voluntary Service to provide much needed support to individuals isolating and staying at home. If you, or someone you know, or someone you care about would like to register for support from volunteers please phone or visit the website. 

The Magpie Project Supporting mums and under fives in temporary accommodation in Newham.