Children's Centres

Children's Centre services in Northamptonshire offer a range of support to families of children from birth to 5 years old, when your child joins reception class at primary school.

Children's Centre services are available to everyone and are delivered by the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service (NLIS).

Their range of services include:

  • Information and advice
    During opening hours libraries can give information about a wide range of services, including childcare and help with looking for a job. If they cannot give the support that your family needs they will help you to contact the people that can.

To find details of your local library opening hours view our list of Northamptonshire libraries.

  • Activities
    Activities include children's stories, songs and rhymes groups, as well as welcome events for new parents. Some of these activities will be ran at weekends to make it easier for working parents to attend with their children. Details can be found on our events calendar or our dedicated under 5s page.

Extra help for families

You may also be able to take advantage of a range of services including parenting courses, family learning groups, early learning activities and one to one family support. If you think you may benefit from these extra help services, please speak to your health visitor, midwife, family support worker or social worker.

Additional support 

If you would like any additional support from your children's centre (except Corby centres) you can self-refer using the online form below, or ask a professional you are working with to refer on your behalf.

If you are a family or a professional in the Corby area, please contact your local Corby Childrens Centre for details of how to complete a direct referral into their service. For information on which is your nearest Corby Childrens Centre, please visit our children and families service finder.

How do I register for Children's Centre services?

Complete and submit the Children's Centre registration online form:

Register for Children's Centre services

We need all families with children under 5 to register for Children’s Centre services as this helps us to understand the local population and plan to provide the right services, at the right time and in the right place – when you need them most – in both Libraries and Children’s Centres in Northamptonshire.

Registration also helps us to collect data to evidence the way in which services are used and the need for them in the future.

Inform us of any changes

If you have previously registered for Children’s Centre Services and would like to register a new child or make changes to your personal details then please complete and submit the change of details on the following online form:

Find your nearest Children's Centre

To find your local Children's Centre, please use our Children and Families Service Finder:

Please contact your nearest centre to find details of what's on and activity programmes.

View list of Children's Centres

Health support

Health services, such as ante-natal and post-natal support from midwives and health visitor scans can be accessed in Children's Centres across the county.

Parents can find out details and make appointments where necessary via their Health Centre or the health professional working with them by contacting a Children's Centre.

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