Children's Centres


With Paediatric first aid classes and help with parenting challenges like potty training, Tower Hamlets Sure Start Children’s Centres play a key role in helping families have better beginnings. Each of the twelve Children’s Centres offers fantastic support and a great range of free activities for parents and children 0-5.

Many of the centres have brilliant outdoor play areas and a fantastic selection of toys for little ones along with sensory and messy play.  They are a great place to meet other parents. As your children tumble in the soft play together you’ll find that most of the ins and outs of parenting are shared experiences. Sure Start’s aim is to level the playing field and give every family the best start in life; bringing families of all backgrounds together. We have so much in common when it comes to raising our children.

Families can also access a range of facilities to support their health and their children’s development.

All Children’s Centres are breastfeeding friendly and a great place to pop into if you need a calming place to feed.


Sure Start was originally introduced more than 20 years ago by New Labour.

In June 2019, a study conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies concluded that Sure Start reduced the numbers of people taken to hospital and saved millions of pounds for the National Health Service. The study found that where Sure Start offered high levels of service in poor neighbourhoods in England, visits to the hospital to treat injuries fell among all children of primary school age, and by a third of all 11-year-olds. Access to the programme cut the probability of admission to hospital in the poorest 30% of areas by 19% at the age of 11. Across all areas, the programme’s effect was equivalent to annually averting 5,500 hospitalisations of 11-year-olds.

Sure Start is under threat nationally with many boroughs closing them up and down the country. We are lucky to have the below 12 centres in Tower Hamlets although austerity has meant cuts to some of the programs that helped mothers back into work, closures of day nurseries and reduced services.

Tower Hamlets Children’s Centres – Further Information

Click here to find your nearest Children’s Centre


Address: St Bartholomew Gardens, Buckhurst Street, London, E1 5QT

T: 020 7364 0539


Address: Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DL

T: 020 7364 7935

Meath Gardens

Address: 1 Smart Street, London, E2 0SN

T: 020 7364 0349

Click here for Mowlem, Meath Gardens & Collingwood Activity Timetable

Special Summer Activities include: Wednesday’s in August, 11am – 2pm at Meath Gardens Children Centre & Park – Visit from Spitalfield’s City Farm. Go along with your children to learn about the animals and do some gardening!


Address: 15 Chandler Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2QL

T: 020 7364 0423


Address: Commodore Street, London, E1 4PF

T: 020 7364 5260

John Smith

Address: 90 Stepney Way, London, E1 2EN

T: 020 7364 0537

Click here for Wapping, Ocean & John Smith Activity Timetable

Special Summer Activities include: Trips to Mudchute Park & Farm on 07th August, Swedenborg Gardens on 14th August and Victoria Park on 21st August all at 11am – 2pm – Call your local centre to book.

Mile End

Address: 2 Belton Way, London, E3 4BB

T: 020 7093 1442


Address: Marner Centre, Devas Street, London E3 3LL

T: 020 7093 1501


Address: 60 Parnell Road, Bow, London E3 2RU

T: 020 7364 1925

Click here for Mile End, Marner & Overland Activity Timetable

Special Summer Activities include: Stay and Play in Victoria Park on Mondays at 2-3.30pm and Wednesdays at 10 – 11.30am (Meet by Gunwharf Entrance).

Go along to Mile End Play Park for the Water Festival on Wednesday 7th August and A Day by The Seaside on Wednesday 14th August, both from 12 – 3pm.

Chrisp Street

Address: 23 – 27 Market Way, London, E14 6AH

T: 020 7364 2856

Around Poplar

Address: 115 Three Colt Street, London, E14 8AP

T: 020 7364 0540

Isle of Dogs

Address: Millwall Park, Stebondale Street, E14 3BX

T: 0207 364 1179

Click here for Chrisp Street, Around Poplar & Isle of Dogs Activity Timetable

Special Summer Activities include: Trips to Millwall Park on 5th August, Thames Barrier Park on 12th August and Museum of Docklands on 19th August, all at 2 – 3.30pm.

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