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Services for your Children

Our practice is open every day except Sunday for booked appointments. If you need to see the doctor for urgent issues relating to your child, please phone the practice as early in the day as possible and we will always see you. 

Every Thursday, we have a Baby Clinic. This is for walk-in appointments, although you can book in advance to see the nurse for your child’s immunisations. 

The following members of our team run the Baby Clinic: 

  • Practice Nurse (for your child’s immunisations) 
  • Doctor (for general health concerns) 
  • Health Visitor (for helpful advice - see below) 

At our practice we have a Health Visitor, Margaret O’Neill. Margaret is a specialist nurse who looks after children under 5 years old. She visits families after new births and performs regular developmental checks. Margaret also gives very helpful advice on children’s health and wellbeing. 

This web page contains information on services in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea for your children. You may also download this page in booklet format.

Mental Health Services for Children

MIND  - 0300 123 3393 
Mind can direct you to the mental health services closest to you, and help you with any enquiries or concerns you have about your child’s mental health issues.

Rethink Project  - www.rethink.org  
Rethink is for children and young people with mental health issues, and it is run by the young people who have experienced some issues (with support from professionals). Rethink run support groups for those with mental illness, and support groups for carers and family members (e.g. siblings). 

Services for children with disabilities

Borough teams for children with disabilities:     
Westminster: 020 7266 7112 (direct line) 
Kensington & Chelsea: 020 7361 3302

Caxton Youth Organisation (see ‘where your children can play’ for more information) 
www.caxtonyouth.orgcaxtonyouthorg@btconnect.com, 020 7834 1883

Full of Life 
www.fulloflife.com/services  - 020 8969 9993 
This support group in Kensington & Chelsea is for children and young adults with disabilities, and their families and carers. Full of Life also runs a centre for young adults with complex educational needs.

Education

There are a range of schools in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, including nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools and special schools. All children aged 5-16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. 

Special schools work with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). They can specialise in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health, and sensory and physical needs. Schools can further specialise within these categories (e.g. speech, language and communication).

You can find detailled information about these schools and how to apply from the departments listed below, or by asking at your local school. You can view inspection reports for all schools at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

Nurseries 
Westminster:            020 7641 7929, fis@westminster.gov.uk  
www.westminster.gov.uk/family-information-service  
Kensington & Chelsea:    020 7361 3302, fis@rbkc.gov.uk  
www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/familyinformationservice 

Schools 
Westminster:            020 7641 6000 
www.westminster.gov.uk/schools   
Kensington & Chelsea:    020 7745 6432, school.admissions@rbkc.gov.uk  
www.rbkc.gov.uk/schools 

Libraries

Libraries are a good place to get general information about the services available in your area. It is also a brilliant place to introduce your child to story-telling and books. Please check with your local library to find out what activities they have on offer for your children.

Pimlico Library 
Lupus Street (SW1V 3EY), 020 7641 6200, www.westminster.gov.uk/pimlico-library  
This library offers free computer and internet access, lends a large number of books, runs health events, has photocopying, scanning and printing services, runs a reading group and maintains a study area. For children and young people, the library runs activities during holiday periods, has a homework club, holds sessions for children aged under 5, and maintains a study area for children. The building has disabled access. A cafe is situated on the ground floor.

Victoria Library 
160 Buckingham Palace Road (SW1W 9UD),  020 7641 6200,  www.westminster.gov.uk/victoria-library  
This library offers free computer and internet access, runs health events, has photocopying, scanning and printing facilities, runs a reading group, and maintains a study area. It also holds the Westminster Music Library. For children and young people, the library has a homework club and runs sessions for children aged under 5. The library is partially accessible for wheelchairs (first floor only accessible by stairs).

Chelsea Library 
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road (SW3 5EZ), 020 7361 3010 
This library offers free computer and internet access, including computers for children. There is a Young People’s Zone for young adults. For children aged under 5, the library has an area with a wide range of books for babies and toddlers. There are regular events for children of all ages. The library has a lift.

Where your children can play

It is very important for children to develop social skills, and to learn how to interact with each other and develop friendships. Please contact these centres directly to find out the kinds of age appropriate activities they have on offer for your child.

Young Children

Churchill Gardens Children’s Centre - FREE 
Johnson’s Place (SW1V 3EU), 020 7641 5923 
A range of activities as well as health, job centre and benefits advice. The building has disabled changing facilities and access. 
Ages 0-5, plus older siblings

Marsham Street Children’s Centre - FREE 
121 Marsham Street (SW1P), 020 7828 4083 
A range of play activities. The building has disabled changing facilities and access. 
Ages 0-5

Violet Melchett Children’s Centre - FREE 
30 Flood Street (SW3 5RR),  020 7938 8621 
Services include day nursery provision, coffee morning support groups, and play activities. 
Ages 0-5

Wiltshire Close Adventure Playground - FREE 
Rosemoor Street (SW3), play@rbkc.gov.uk/play  
Adventure playground (climbing, games, arts). The site has disabled changing facilities and access. 
Ages 4-13

Sussex Street Play Project - £24/day (and concessions) 
3-13 Sussex Street (SW1V 4RZ), 020 7641 1107 
Ofsted-regulated childcare with an emphasis on play. Staff are qualified play workers. The site has disabled changing facilities and access. 
Ages 4-12

St Andrew’s Youth Club (Junior Club) - rates vary 
Alec Wizard Hse, 12 Old Pye Street (SW1) 
020 7222 6481, info@standrewsclub.com   
www.standrewsclub.com   
Ages 5-9

Older Children

Churchill Gardens Project - In my back yard 
07775027594, hriedel@cwh.org  
Drama, art, cookery, and life skills to increase confidence and communication skills 
Ages 8-13

St Andrew’s Youth Club (Senior Club) 
Alec Wizard Hse, 12 Old Pye Street (SW1 2DG) 
020 7222 6481, www.standrewsclub.com    
info@standrewsclub.com   
Ages 9-19

Churchill Gardens Youth Club 
Churchill Gardens Estate (SW1W 8RU) 
020 7630 1551, kkelly@cwh.org.uk  
Arts and crafts, table tennis, educational workshops, cooking, internet and games 
Ages 11-18

Ebury Bridge Youth Club - 20p/session 
Edgson house, Ebury Bridge Road (SW1W 8RU) 
07736 899 652 
Sports, IT, cooking, music recordings, arts and crafts, games and regular holiday programmes 
Ages 11-18

Lillington Gardens Youth Club 
Morgan House (SW1 2LF) 
kkelly@cwh.org.uk   
Gym, circuit training, internet access 
Ages 14-25

Scouts (for boys and girls) - www.scouts.org.uk  
Activities based around working together as a team, making friends, learning together, working to achieve various badges depending on interest, playing, having fun to investigating nature. 
Ages 5-11

Children with Disabilities 

Caxton Youth Organisation 
Basement Clubrooms, Tintern House, Abbots Manor Estate, Pimlico (SW1V 4JF) 
Informal and educational activities for young people with disabilities and their friends. Activities include music and ICT for 11-18 year olds, arts and ICT for 11-25 year olds, and independent living skills (employability and money management) for over 18s. 
Ages 11-25

Play Makers - FREE 
Various locations, 020 7641 1107 
Outdoor activities (team sports, arts and crafts, and adventurous play), and specialist activities for children with disabilities. Disabled changing facilities and access is dependant on location. 
Ages 8-12

Family Events and Days out 
Westminster:            020 7641 7929, fis@westminster.gov.uk 
www.westminster.gov.uk/family-information-service 
Kensington & Chelsea:    020 7361 3302, fis@rbkc.gov.uk 
www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/familyinformationservice 

Sport and leisure activities

Sports Centres

Sports centres provide a range of activities and sports for young children and young people to enjoy. These include swimming lessons, team sports, exercise classes, and holiday activities. Please call to find out what is on offer. Buildings will have disabled access and wheelchair facilities.

Queen Mother’s Sports Centre 
223 Vauxhall Bridge Road (SW1V 1EL) 
020 7630 5522 
sport@westminster.gov.uk  
www.better.org.uk/leisure  

Chelsea Sports Centre 
Chelsea Manor Street (SW3 5PL) 
020 7352 6985 
sports-development@rbkc.gov.uk  
www.rbkc.gov.uk/sport

Other Activities

Westminster Boating Base - £10 per year 
136 Grosvenor Road (SW1V 3JY), 020 7821 7389, www.westminsterboatingbase.co.uk  
Dinghy sailing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing for young people. Open 1 Apr-31 Oct. 
Ages 10-23 

Kayak London - first session free, then £10-20 per year 
Cremorne Riverside, Lots Rd (SW10 0QH), 020 7739 9591, www.epiccic.org.uk/kayaking-london   
Kayaking and canoeing on the Thames, including kick scooter, survival skills and environmental studies 
Ages 9-19 

General Information 
Westminster:            020 7641 2012, sport@westminster.gov.ukwww.westminster.gov.uk/sport  
Kensington & Chelsea:   020 7938 8179, sports-development@rbkc.gov.ukwww.rbkc.gov.uk/sport 

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