Children’s Centres & Community Initiatives Oxford

Barton Children and Family Centre – The Roundabout Centre

Wayneflete Road, Headington, OX3 8DD

01865 323240


Play and Learn playgroup Thursdays 10.00-12.00 (includes health visitor Well Baby Clinic from 9.30am to 11.00am every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month)

Blackbird Leys Children and Family Centre

61/63 Cuddesdon Way, Blackbird Leys, OX4 6SB

01865 328490


Play and Learn playgroup Tuesdays and Fridays 10.00-12.00

Botley Bridges

We’re Botley Bridges, a registered charitable company based in Botley on the outskirts of Oxford and serving the surrounding area including Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford. We provide services for children up to the age of 11 and their families at the site of the former Elm’s Road Children’s Centre.

Elms Rd, Oxford OX2 9JZ


Stay & Play – Mondays 1.15-3.15pm (does not run through the summer holidays) £2 per family (plus concessions) – suitable for birth to 5

Well Baby Clinic (Health Visitor drop-in) – Wednesdays 1.00-2.30pm – FREE

Play and Learn – Fridays 9.00-11.30am (runs all year round) £2 per family (plus concessions) suitable for birth to 5 & older children welcome during the holidays

Baby Play & Learn – Fridays 1.15-3.00pm – £3 per family (concessions) suitable for non mobile babies or 0-1 year

Saturdads – first Saturday of the month 10.00-12.00 – £3 per family with £1 concessions

Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard – we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.

Townsend Square, Oxford, OX4 4BB

01865 727721


Drop-in Play – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm (Doorstep Kitchen offers healthy snacks and lunches at 12 noon)

Bumps to Babies – Mondays: 10.30-12.00 – midwife drop-in including breastfeeding support. 07901707905

Baby group – Tuesdays 11.30-1.30 – lots of sensory and soft play, where mums and babies can get involved in lots of tummy time play as well have a chance to speak with family support on any support or advice they may need. There will tea, coffee and cake to buy. £1.50 suggested donation

Youth Project – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm. Young people age 8-18 are welcome to drop in for play, activities and support.

Parenting Programme – we offer a regular 10 week parenting course aimed at families who feel they need some extra help to bring them together and move forwards with tough issues.

We also run a pre-school – click here for more info.

Flo’s – The Place in the Park

A community-owned hub for people to meet, work, play, create, learn, eat and connect.

The FLO (Food Love Operation) café – open every day 10-4 (winter opening times). Serves natural organic food & drinks. Play area for children & backs onto Florence Park playground.

The Nature Nursery – a small (24 place) early years nursery setting for children aged 2-4 years. The nursery is a home from home, where children feel calm and settled and spend their day in harmony with other children and their natural surroundings. Opening hours: 8.15am – 5.30pm; 48 weeks a year.

Rooms for hire – we have several beautiful and functional rooms available to use and hire at Flo’s including our free Community Drop in space as well as two spaces for hire- the meeting room and the main hall.

Florence Park, East Oxford, OX4 3NH

Rose Hill Children and Family Centre

Ashhurst Way, Rose Hill, OX4 4UY

01865 815566


Play and Learn playgroup Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am

South Oxford Family Room

Whitehouse Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4QH

01865 242900


Stay and Play
Mondays and Fridays 9.30-12 (£1.50 suggested donation for those that can afford it). Snack food supplied by Oxford Food Bank. The Story Museum will be there every other Friday!

Oxford Breastfeeding Support Stay & Play
Tuesdays 10-12 (with Well Baby Clinic health visitor drop-in 11-12)

Family fun / Saturdads session
3rd Saturday of the month 10-1 – outdoor play, messy play, snack time.

SEND Drop-in with Guest Speakers
Drop-in session for families with children with SEN. 3rd Monday of the month 12.30-2.30. Check SOFR Facebook page for details of sessions.

Young Parents drop-in session
Second and fourth Fridays of the month 12.30-2.30.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – sessions running as normal except: no session on Tuesday 30th July or Tuesday 27th August and closed for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.

Sunnymead Minnows

We are a Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School joint venture, providing fun groups, activities and support for children under 5 and their families. Sunnymead Minnows is committed to the continuation of free open access Children’s Services in North Oxford, based in the Cutteslowe area, following the closure of the North Oxford Children’s Centre (NOCC).

We now provide 5 drop-in groups:

Rhyme Time for under 5s – Mondays 9.00-9.30
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School. Term-time only.

Bumps to Babies – Mondays 9.30-11.00
A FREE interactive session for expectant parents and under 1s. Term time only.
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School

Stay & Play with hot lunch – Thursdays from 9.45am
FREE drop-in Stay & Play for under 5s, followed by singing and a hot lunch (small charge for lunch). Operates through the school holidays.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

Messy Minnows – Fridays 10.00-12.00
A FREE messy and active play session for under 5s. Drop-in session. Term time only.
The Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park (next to San Remo Café)

Family Fun – 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.00-12.00
A monthly family group with toys and activities – older siblings welcome. Drop in.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

01865 311172

The Maple Tree Children and Family Centre

Littleworth Road, Wheatley, OX33 1NW

01865 236700


Wheatley Babies & Toddlers
Mondays 09:30 – 11:30

Once Upon a RhymeTime
Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30

Maple Tree Twins Group
Tuesdays 13:00 – 14:30 (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Well Baby Clinic
Wednesdays 09:30 – 10:45

Wheatley Sling Library
Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (every other Wednesday)

Expectant Mums Group
Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (every 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Stay & Play
Thursdays 09:15 – 11:30

Maple Babies
Thursdays 1.00-2.30 This is a group for babies under 1 year (unfortunately we do not have facilities for older siblings during this group)

Stay & Play – Outside Inside
Fridays 10:00 – 12:00