Family Centres

Child playing with toys

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all of our Family Centres are closed from 20 March 2020 until further notice.

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 

Hetton Family Centre 

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

Telephone: 0191 561 3995   

Thorney Close Family Centre 

Location: 120 Thorndale Road, Sunderland, SR3 4JQ 

Telephone: 0191 561 4127 

Facilities: Sensory room 

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 

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 

Find out more about our Family Centre classes.

In Early Help

  • In order to ensure the best support for families, we need to share information within Together for Children and with our partners – this means sharing personal records that relate to families and their support needs.
  • Our Family Centres run lots of fun and educational classes across the city.
  • Our Family Centres provide a range of support services for families with children aged 0 to 5 in Sunderland.
  • Advice and information around supporting young women who suspect they may be pregnant