Location

George Street
PO33 2JF Ryde, IOW
United Kingdom
50° 43' 47.9532" N, 1° 9' 39.7188" W

Centre Manager: Claire Steen

The Children’s Society are commissioned by the Isle of Wight Council to manage and run five Children’s Centres in Ryde, Cowes, East Cowes, West Newport and West Wight.

Our history

The Centre developed from a SureStart Local Programme which was providing services in Ryde since 2001. The centre officially became a children’s centre in 2005 and aims to support families to give their children the very best start in life by improving health, education and quality of life.  We work with families and/or carers and listen to their views and the views of the children.  We have a wide range of support on offer to all families with children under five and expectant parents, providing services and advice on a wide range of topics from parenting skills to healthy lifestyles.

What we do

We work closely with local health professionals, Job Centre Plus, early years practitioners, children's service on the Isle of Wight and many other partner agencies so that children and their families can receive support and advice in matters relating to health, education, training and employment opportunities, childcare and early years provision. We also provide Stay and Play sessions where families can play together and learn how to support their children’s development and learning at home.  

Some families use one or two services, while others use the Centre more regularly, but all families are welcomed and catered for.

Read our Ryde Children's Centre - Timetable 2014.

Some of the services we offer are:   

Child & Family Health 

  • Antenatal yoga
  • Antenatal blood clinic
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Tens machine & breast pump loan
  • Baby massage
  • New mums and dads groups
  • Baby Incredible Years
  • Health Visitor drop in clinics
  • Midwife clinic appointments
  • Weaning advice
  • Healthy Eating advice
  • Sleep advice
  • Oral health advice
  • Counselling – one to one and group sessions
  • Antenatal evening session

Parenting support

  • Incredible Years Parenting courses
  • 1-1 parenting support in the home
  • Home safety assessments
  • Safety in the home workshops
  • Twins & More

Building exteriorChild development

  • Stay and Play sessions with a programme of activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage principles at the centre and in the community
  • Baby Play sessions
  • Dads Saturday group
  • Child development advice
  • Childcare choices advice
  • Bookstart programme
  • CAN Do Play session for families with children with additional needs
  • 2 year language measures
  • Communication workshops and advice sessions

Life Chances and Parenting aspirations

  • Parent volunteer scheme
  • Basic skills Maths and English classes
  • One to one support to access learning and employment
  • Work Club – to support returning to work
  • English classes for people who have English as a second language
  • National Careers Service appointments
  • Debt Management workshops


We are very inclusive and try to ensure that all families are made to feel welcome.  We regularly consult families so that they help influence service provision therefore meeting the needs of children and families in the local area.

We are committed to equality for all people irrespective of race, disability, culture, gender or sexuality.

Our services are provided by qualified staff and supported by a team of volunteers.   Volunteers receive support and training to enable them to carry out their roles and many former volunteers have gone on to gain employment in the Children and Young People’s workforce.

How you can get involved

If you are pregnant or have a child or children aged 0-5 and live in the Ryde area then you and your family can attend this Centre.  Have a look at the timetable to see what interests you or just come along to one of our Stay and Plays.  

To find out more please phone the centre on 01983 617617 or e-mail rydechildrenscentre@childrenssociety.org.uk

If you already use the centre and would like to support them by sharing your views about groups and services, then please contact the Manager – Claire Steen on 01983 617617 who would be pleased to tell you more about the role of the Advisory Board Member or Have Your Say sessions.

If you would like to know more about becoming a volunteer  for this centre then you can contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator – Deborah Cobb on 01983 529312 or e-mail: deborah.cobb@childrenssociety.org.uk 

Staff at Ryde Children’s Centre:

Centre Manager: Claire Steen
Administrator: Jo Ansell
Administrator/Early Years Worker: Nadine Smart
Family Worker: Claire Edmonston
Family Worker: Tracey Robinson
Family Worker: Charmain Garrard
Family Engagement Worker/Administrator: Sandra Morris
Health Support Worker: Rachel Price
Counsellor: Amanda Earps
Early Years Supervisor: Louise Chase
Early Years Worker: Sarah Johnson
Early Years Worker: Kelly Harding
Early Years Worker: Sue Orme
Early Years Worker Assistant: Angela Stoakes

Staff at The Children’s Society Central Team

You can contact us on 01983 529312

Programme Manager: Jane Leigh
Participation & Inclusion Manager: Deborah Cobb
Administration Manager: Estelle Entwistle
Administration Manager: Jacqueline Sewell

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