Childrens centre

About  Barnfield Children’s Centre

Children’s Centre’s are here to help families ensure that all children get the best start in life, particularly the most disadvantaged. The Centre welcomes all families with children aged 0 – 5 years. We also provide ante–natal support. It is a place where children and adults can have fun together in a stimulating environment and for adults to receive support assisting and helping their children to learn and develop.

The aim of Children’s Centre’s is to improve outcomes for all children and families: working in partnership with Health Teams, Job Centre Plus, School and Adult Education Settings, Private and Voluntary organisations as well as other beneficial agencies.

The recent Early Years review that has taken place in Barnet has influenced the movement towards Children’s Centres working as a Locality Model.Barnfield Children’s Centre fits into the West Locality, along with Wingfield & Stonegrove Children’s Centre and Fairway Children’s Centre. The changes to Locality working are reflected in the services that are provided across the West locality.

A few things to know:-

  • Please ensure that child/ren remain under adult supervision at all times
  • Children learn best by playing, please come ready to play with your child/ren and also ensure they are appropriately dressed – messy play is important for children’s healthy learning and development

Services on Offer

All services are free of charge for Barnet residents. We welcome requests and comments to improve our services and will accommodate all needs and requirements as best we can.
All details are in the ‘Contact Us’ area of the site.


  • Stay and Play sessions – focused on learning and development for a variety of age groups
  • Little Explorers – 12 months – 3 years
  • Library session – focused on reading and rhyme time
  • Young parents group – for under 25 year olds to meet other young parents and play with their child/ren as well as receiving advice and information as required
  • Baby groups – for non-walkers and their parents/ carers
  • Baby massage session – assisting parent/baby relationship as well as dealing with aspects of your babies physical and emotional development and well being
  • Story and Play Transition group – if you are requiring childcare, come along and meet our registered Childminders
  • ESOL or Conversation class – for adults wanting to develop their English

Outreach and Family Support

  • 1 to 1 family support with families to address specific identified needs
  • Home visits for isolated families as well as New Births
  • Parenting support groups
  • Legal and other well-being support
  • Help and advice for children eligible for the 2 year funding
  • Community engagement with other settings

Health Related Support

  • Midwifery clinics
  • Ante natal classes (for new parents to be)
  • Health visitor Clinic offering child development checks
  • Group with a Speech and Language therapist as well as 1 to 1 appointments
  • Health related advice e.g. weaning and toilet training
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Healthy eating/weaning support
  • Healthy Start Vitamin Pick ups

Children’s Centre Staff

  • Makeda Hypolite  – Children’s Centre Manager
  • Ghazala Khan – Centre Administrator
  • Maria Sophocleous – Senior Family Support and Outreach Worker
  • Jackie Bramble – Family Support and Outreach Worker
  • Natalie McGuinness– Family Support and Outreach Worker
  • Noreen Brown–  Family Support and Outreach Worker
  • Sarah Ellis – Community Worker

Children’s Centre latest Ofsted report