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Brentry & Henbury Children's Centres

Visitors to Brentry & Henbury often comment upon the warm welcome they receive at the Centre and how the team feel like ‘one big family’.  The team are committed to responding to the needs of their community and this approach has led to the current highest participation and registration figures in the city:  80% of children under-5 in the reach area are registered at the Centres. Over the last three years these figures have been consistently high with the team working to maintain and extend their support for children and their families.

Visits to Brentry & Henbury Children’s Centres will support your interest in:

  • Working effectively with your vulnerable families.
  • Developing your outdoor area to support your youngest learners.
  • Engaging with fathers.
  • Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play.
  • Forest School with your youngest children and their families.
  • Story making with families.


Our Baby Room team offer outstanding provision for babies, led by Specialist Baby Practitioner Rebecca Moore, with the support of her highly skilled team. The adults are passionate about providing a calm, emotionally supportive environment in which they can fully ‘tune in’ to the needs of their key children. Observation, planning and assessment capture children’s progress through the use of ‘Plods’ (Possible Lines of Development) and the team reflect upon their own learning through a growing use of research questions in their work. The team value a holistic approach to assessment, which they are exploring through the use of Ace (Accounting Early for Lifelong Learning) and the conversations around learning and development this has enabled with families.



Two to Three Year Olds
Daisy Room, Poppy Room and Rainbow Room offer provision for our two to three year olds, led by Lead Practitioners, Samantha Haynes, Katie Brown, Simon Edwards and Donna Holder. The team pride themselves on handling transitions in a caring and sensitive manner, as children move throughout the Centre and the environment and resources are arranges to support this process. The children have access to a wealth of outdoor space, specifically designed to challenge and encourage risk-taking in this age-group. The Centre has three Level 3 Forest School Leaders who ensure outdoor experiences are an embedded part of the children and families’ routine all year round.

The team work closely with colleagues from a variety of health professions and effective inter-agency work ensures children and their families receive appropriate, targeted support throughout their time at the Centre. We constantly seek to innovate to ensure the children and their families receive the support they need in order to move forwards.



To visit the Brentry & Henbury website or to arrange a visit click here:  http://bhchildrenscentre.org.uk/



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