Centre manager: Lynsey Twyford
Parkside Neighbourhood Centre hosts a children’s centre run by The Children’s Society which offers early education, family support and health services to families and young children in the Houghton Regis area.
Children are at the heart of all we do. Our goal is to listen to their needs and wishes, including very young children. We aim to make our centre a welcoming place for families by ensuring it is a safe, friendly and clean environment where you and your children will enjoy spending time.
We want you to get the most out of your time at the centre, so please speak to a member of staff about your or your child’s individual needs. This will help you settle in more easily and find out which services will suit you best.
Some of the activities you can expect to find at our centre include:
- Messy play, outdoor play and singing sessions
- Little cooks – a chance for children aged 2-5 to prepare, cook and eat healthy meals
- Chattertots – a fun, interactive story-telling session
For parents, some of the activities we offer include:
- Facilities to support breastfeeding mums such as sitting areas, foot stalls and ‘v’ cushions
- Weekly lunchtime group for breastfeeding mums and mums-to-be - trained staff are available during this session if you require any support/guidance with breastfeeding (please see our timetable for more information)
- Teens and tots sessions, for young parents under 25
- Advice on getting into work
- Citizens Advice Bureau sessions
Some sessions are run during the term time only, so please speak to a member of staff if you need any further information or details of our exciting holiday programme.
Please call us on the number above to find out more.
We work according to the Healthy Under 5’s Programme standards, providing healthy balanced drinks and snacks. We ask parents and carers to support us in our commitment to healthy eating.
Many of our activities and sessions are free of charge but where we provide children under five with a healthy snack or meal, there is a minimal charge to cover costs.
Health and safety
Our centre operates a no smoking policy which means all of our buildings and the surrounding school grounds are no smoking areas. Any outreach activities are also non-smoking sessions. If you require help or advice to give up smoking, please speak to a member of our team who can refer you to the NHS Stop Smoking team.
Several staff hold First Aid certificates. The names of these individuals are displayed on the green first aid notices. For the safety and well being of all our children, families and staff, we ask you not to bring children who are unwell to the sessions – for their own and others’ wellbeing. For guidance on the exclusion times for common illnesses, please contact your GP/Health Visitor. Please tell a member of staff if you or your child is suffering from a long term medical condition such as asthma or severe allergies.
We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults so all employees who work or volunteer at the centre undergo an enhanced CRB check.