Children’s Centre

YMCA Bournemouth manages a Surestart Children’s Centre on behalf of the Local Authority in the Pokesdown and Southbourne area. We provide a range of play, care and support services for children, adults and young families.

Tel (Stourvale Road – Southbourne): 01202 434310


Addition of two new children’s centres:

We have also recently taken over the management of Townsend Children’s Centre, Jewell Road, Bournemouth BH8 0LT (01202 720472) and Queen’s Park Children’s Centre, next to Queens Park Infant School, East Way, Bournemouth BH8 9PU (01202 519727).

More details to come but the timetables for each of our centres can be found here:

Townsend Children’s Centre Timetable

Queen’s Park Children’s Centre Timetable

Pokesdown & Southbourne Children’s Centre Timetable


Southbourne_100dpiLocated in the newly rebuilt Stourvale Road Centre, Pokesdown & Southbourne Children’s Centre has a packed weekly programme of activities as well as providing family support in the community.

Regular sessions and groups include:

  • Under One’s Group
  • Stay and Play sessions
  • Childminder Group
  • Well Baby Health Clinic
  • Breastfeeding Group
  • Parenting
  • Language Support Group/SEN Support
  • Plus much more.

Experienced staff are on hand to deal with queries. We can provide information, help and advice for parents and carers with regards to a range of subjects including:

  • family learning
  • childcare
  • returning to work
  • housing needs
  • special needs support services

YMCA Bournemouth’s Child Contact Centre (main office) is located at Pokesdown & Southbourne Children’s Centre. They provide a safe and secure environment for supervised and supported family contact.

The centre has gained enhanced accreditation from The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACC) and will help separated families work towards building positive relationships.

Please click here to find out more about our new Child Contact Centre and additional locations.


Please click here 
for more information including contacts and activity timetables.


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