Family Centres

Child playing with toys

If you need support, please call our Early Help Advice and Allocations Team on 0191 561 1501 or email

Together for Children provides a range of activities and services from our Family Centres and other venues across Sunderland.  

We currently have five Family Centres across the city that provide a range of support services for local families with children aged 0 to five. Our Centres are a place that your child can make friends and learn as they play, with a variety of free and fun classes from messy play to time for rhyme, all of which support your child’s development.

We also offer additional sessions at a cost, including TechyTots and Relax Kids. 

Our Family Centres have Early Help workers on site who are available to chat to you about any concerns you have about your children, your family or your home circumstances. Please contact your nearest Centre to find out more or visit our Sunderland Family Centres Facebook page.  

Family Centre information 

Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre 

Location: Hylton Lane, Sunderland, SR5 4BW 

Telephone: 0191 561 8126  

Facilities: Sensory room 

Click here to download the timetable.

Hetton Family Centre 

Location: Welfare Road, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, DH5 9NE 

Telephone: 0191 561 3995   

Click here to download the timetable.

Thorney Close Family Centre 

Location: 120 Thorndale Road, Sunderland, SR3 4JQ 

Telephone: 0191 561 4127 

Facilities: Sensory room 

Click here to download the timetable.

Rainbow Family Centre (Washington Children’s Centre) 

Location: 34 Elliott Terrace, Washington, NE37 3AE 

Telephone: 0191 561 3995 

Facilities: Sensory room, indoor play space, outdoor play space, café 

Click here to download the timetable.

Barnwell Family Centre 

Location: Barnwell Academy Trust, Whitfield Estate, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 7RT 

Telephone: 0191 561 3995 

Maplewood Family Centre 

Location: Maplewood Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 5AY 

Telephone: 0191 561 8126  

Facilities: Outdoor play space 

Free Family Centre Classes 

Our Family Centres run lots of fun and educational classes across the city throughout the week. Check out our more popular free sessions below. 

Baby Massage 

Age: 0-6 months 

Baby Massage is the use of a nurturing touch from parent to baby, which can help early bonding and relaxation. Our sessions demonstrate how to massage your baby and are available to parents and carers of babies from six weeks to six months old. All of the sessions are delivered by an experienced instructor and take place in a relaxed, informal setting. 

Time for Rhyme 

Age: 0-18 months 

Time for Rhyme sessions promote children’s development through activities including dancing, singing and treasure baskets.  

The sessions are available to children up to 18 months old and offer the chance for interaction with other children. The sessions develop and build imagination, decision making and social skills, and give parents and carers the opportunity to be involved in your child’s development in a social setting. 

Busy Bodies 

Age: 18 months to 5 years 

Busy Bodies promotes children’s development through activities such as climbing, balancing and crawling. Children have the space to be physically active and learn about what their bodies can do.  

The sessions are a mix of free play and structured singing to promote social interaction. This gives parents and carers the opportunity to meet one another while the little ones burn off some energy. 

Stay & Play 

Age: 18 months to 5 years 

Stay and Play sessions incorporate elements from Time for Rhyme and messy play. Through activities including painting, play dough and craft, your child has the opportunity to be creative and explore new materials. The sessions also include small world play to help develop imagination, books to share and group singing. 

Outdoor Group 

Age: 18 months to 5 years 

Explore the outdoors with your child in our garden at Maplewood Avenue. We have activities on offer to explore a range of different materials including digging, water play, bug hunting and elements of messy play in the outdoors. Each session ends with songs in one of our outdoor dens.  

Additional Family Centre classes 

We also run additional classes which are delivered by external providers and therefore incur a small cost. To find out more about these sessions, please visit each provider’s website. 


Baby Move and Groove age: 6 weeks to crawling 

Pre-School Move and Groove age: Walking to 5 years 

More information and booking at: 

Little Movers 

Age: 0 to 5 years 

More information and booking visit the Little Movers Facebook pages: Little Movers Washington and Sunderland North and Little Movers Sunderland South and Boldon.

Little Learners 

Age: 0 to 5 years 

More information and booking at: 

Relax Kids Little Stars 

Age: 3 to 6 years 

Let your child join in colourful adventures and learn to be calm and confident. Helps anxiety, tantrums and sleeping problems.  

Sessions are available at our Rainbow Family Centre in Washington. For more information and bookings call 07771 330 652 or email  

Active Aim 

Age: Suitable for the whole family 

A free six-week programme that combines healthy eating workshops and family orientated exercise and activities using a Kangoo Jump fitness programme. 

More information and booking at:

Jump'n Jig

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