City Child and Family Centre

Information about the City Child and Family Centre

SureStart Children’s Centres provide a range of support services and activities for families with children under five. These are available from pregnancy until the child starts reception class at primary school.

Along with early learning and day care, children’s centres offer access to parenting classes, midwives and health visitors, ESOL courses, and advice on mental health, housing, money, training and employment.

Most of the City of London's children's centre services take place at the City Child and Family Centre although some are available at other locations around the City.

Located at the Aldgate School, the City of London Child and Family Centre provides early education and integrated childcare, as well as health and family support services. There is after-school care for children aged six and over.

We offer quality child care provision for children aged 3 months to 4 years; 7:45am - 6pm (47 weeks a year).

We also provide a Holiday Club (3 months - 5 years) and Play Scheme (5 years - 11 years old) during school holidays.

We have three rooms:

  • Explorers Room has the 3 months - 2 year olds (chargeable)
  • Discoverers Room: has the 2 - 3 years olds (chargeable)
  • Investigators Room: has the 3 - 4 years olds (Nursery application required)

We also offer play sessions and services for families with children 0 - 5 years old, such as adult learning sessions. For current sessions please click on the links under 'Downloads' on the right.

SEND provision at Children's Centres

Children's Centres are fully inclusive. This means that all activities welcome children who may have additional needs, and reasonable adjustments will be made were necessary.

All Children's Centres in the borough have sensory play facilities for children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

There is a specialist SEND Early Years Practitioner who works across the Children's Centres in the borough. They can help to identify children who may have additional needs and work with them in up to six 1:1 sessions to support their development. Ask in your local Children's Centre for more information.

Who to contact

The City of London Child and Family Centre
St James's Passage
Duke's Place

Phone number: 020 7283 1147
Email address:

If you would like to know more about our children’s centre activities and receive information or support, please complete the application form below and email it to or

We are excited that some sessions at the Child and Family Centre will be face-to-face once again. However, please note that these will be limited to five adults. We still have lots of activities happening online for children, young people and adults. Look out for our libraries' sessions and our adult learning courses.

Please contact the centre for more information using the above details.

Please also see the autumn activities timetable below for information about the services and activities available to families, children and adults across the Square Mile. 

You can download the timetable at the bottom of the page.

City of London activities timetable for children and families, April - July 2024
City of London activities timetable for children and families, April - July 2024