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John Smith Children's Centre

John Smith Children's Centre aims to help give your child the best start in life. If you are expecting a baby or you are a parent or carer with a child under 11, we can provide family support, early education, child and family health services, childcare advice, employment, volunteering and training support.

Families can get advice and support in accessing a range of childcare options including the ‘Early Learning for 2 year old fund’ and the ‘30 hours extended free childcare’.

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Contact details


90 Stepney Way
E1 2EN

Opening times

8.30am - 5pm


020 7364 0537

Area Early Intervention Lead

Deborah Wooding


Activity timetable

Download activity leaflet


Healthy families

We work closely with other services to provide advice on breastfeeding, emotional support, speech, language and child development, housing and domestic violence. We also run 2 years integrated health review and 8 months review with health visitors. If you have any question or queries about your child’s speech, eating or sleeping habits, general behaviour or social skills please speak to your health advisor who will refer you to the right service at your local children’s centre.

Family support

Our family support team provides the following: Outreach and signposting to community resources, developing positive parenting skills and Building self-esteem and empowering parents. We work closely with the social services, local schools, health and educational professionals, day-care, libraries and other local organisations.

Play & Learning

Our Play and Learning team offer Stay and Play sessions for children aged 0-5 years throughout the week. The sessions are delivered from the children’s centre and local outreach venues. The sessions are designed to encourage children to learn through play which stimulates their cognitive, physical and social development.

Workpath and volunteering

Workpath is a unique employment service for all Tower Hamlets residents, providing support for people at all levels of work, skill or experience. If you live in Tower Hamlets, we can provide employment support tailored to your needs, whether you need basic skills or advanced training; access to work experience, apprenticeships or graduate schemes; CV help, interview preparation and more.

Come and see our friendly staff for help and assistance for:

  • One-to-one appointments
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Access/support into training and employment
  • CV writing/job searches/interviewing techniques/carer advice.

Educational Psychology Support

We work closely with the team in supporting families who find it difficult to set boundaries in managing child behaviours, potty training, parenting strategies and support parents to understand of child disability diagnose.

For full details of activities and services, please click on the link in the "More Information (leaflet, form or publication) box.

Adult learning and parenting

The Parenting and Adult Education Team work closely within all Children's Centres, local schools and Maintained, Private, Voluntary and Independent Settings (MPVIs) to support, plan and coordinate courses, workshops and programmes for families with children pre-birth – 5 years old. Through this delivery they offer a variety of parenting programmes and adult learning courses which support parent/carers to access the right training and learning opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications.

All programmes and courses are delivered in partnership with our stakeholders and partner organisations. These are all free to attend providing you meet the set eligibility criteria. For further details on the criteria and for additional information on the type of courses and programmes available please download the course guide leaflet.   

PAEC Spring 2019

Useful telephone numbers

Tower Hamlets Asian Women’s Aid

020 7517 1420

Breastfeeding Network Support

0300 100 0210

Family Information Service

020 7364 5000

Find a Doctor/ Dentist

020 7364 5000

Mind in Tower Hamlets/ Newham

020 7510 1081

Tax Credit Helpline

0345 300 3900

Tower Hamlets Domestic Violence Team

0800 279 5434


Family Information Service

Tower Hamlets Family Information Service (FIS) provides free, impartial information and advice on childcare as well as general information on a wide range of services for children, young people, parents and families.

The service runs a telephone helpline and drop-in service from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Contact the FIS on 020 7364 6495 or by email at fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


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