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Early years and education directory for professionals

If you are a professional worker and you support children or young people in Plymouth, then you may find the following early years links and resources useful.

Children's Centres

Action for Children

To help under-fives get ready for school our services include: child and family health services; parenting programmes and antenatal support; early year's education services, such as 'stay and play' sessions; speech and language support and family learning.

In addition we offer support for parents with adult learning and employment support. This may include language, literacy and numeracy support, family learning, access to apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities as steps toward employment and links to Jobcentre Plus. This is supported by good quality, inclusive childcare.






25 Manor Street, Stonehouse, PL1 1TL    

01752 208650

Fore Street, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4DW

07921 491876 and 07971 094826 


Barnardo's Plymouth

Barnardo's Plymouth are a group of Children and Young People Services that are operated by Barnardo's within Plymouth. This includes Children's Centres, Independent Visiting and Advocacy Services, and a Young Carers Service.

Our children's centres provide a fun, friendly safe space where mums, dads, parents-to-be, carers and children can learn and develop in a supportive environment.

Every centre is different because we listen to the needs of the families in each community we serve. But all offer the opportunity to meet other parents and access a range of information and classes in areas such as:

  • antenatal and postnatal care
  • parenting advice
  • parent/child bonding
  • sensory play for children











Fourwoods Children's Centre - 01752 366795

Nomony Children's Centre - 01752 261844

The Barn Children's Centre - 01752 362320

DELL Children's Centre - 01752 788992

Tamar FOLK Children's Centre - 01752 361052

Plymstock Children's Centre - 01752 407496

Plum Tree (Rees Centre) - 01752 340550

Whitleigh Children's Centre - 01752 875933


LARK Children's Centre

LARK Children's Centre is here to support Parents/Carers with children up to the age of 4 years old.

Our team of friendly staff can help and support you with any concerns you may have. Some examples of what we can offer help on include:

  • Financial Support / Benefit Take up
  • Housing
  • Concerns around child's behaviour/development
  • Breastfeeding / Weaning / Healthy Eating / Weight / Dental Health
  • Access to Nursery settings for your child and eligibility for free childcare for 2 year olds
  • Wanting to go back to work / training / volunteering
  • Support to Quit Smoking
  • Access to Healthy Start Vitamins
  • Access to Ante-Natal Programmes





LARK Children's Centre - 01752 313293

Morice Town Children's Centre - 01752 208600

Popin Children's Centre - 01752 313293



For information on individual schools in Plymouth please view the Plymouth Online Directory schools section.


Post-16 Education and Training

Achievement Training

Achievement Training are a training provider offering Courses and Apprenticeships in Plymouth.

Our objective is to develop a quality training company, ensuring stability for staff and learners and provide a professional service delivery at all levels. To promote the love of learning, encourage the pursuit of excellence, and to establish the concept of education as a lifelong process.




01752 202266


City College

We've been helping students to get the skills and qualifications they need since 1887! We're now one of the leading providers of vocational, professional and technical training in the South West.

We can offer you:

  • 100s of courses to choose from
  • tutors that have real experience in the industry they're teaching
  • nationally recognised qualifications
  • hands-on experience
  • great facilities, from our multi-million-pound Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM, to a day spa and restaurant
  • help with funding
  • the support you need, from childcare to careers advice
  • and a lot more ...




01752 305300


Careers South West Group

For over 25-years, CSW whilst uncovering learning and work opportunities for thousands of people, has adapted to meet market demand and changing government policies to develop a broad portfolio of provision ranging from intensive support to families, volunteers into the community, non-medical support to universities and inspiration to young people around the STEM curriculum. We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering our services across the South West.

CSW is contracted by the Local Authorities of Devon County Council, Cornwall Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and Somerset County Council to assist them in meeting their Statutory Duties under the Education and Skills Act 2008. These duties relate to the provision of services to encourage, enable or assist young people in effectively participating in education or training.

We're funded to support those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming so. For young parents returning to learning or employment, childcare funding is available whilst they're working with us.





Poseidon House, Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ

0800 97 55 111


CTSW Skills

CTSW Skills Ltd is a private training organisation located in Plymouth who offer a wide range of qualifications including apprenticeships, NVQs, Diplomas and short courses in Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry and Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Commis Chef for learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

CTSW Skills offer a range of flexible vocational training courses to young people, many of whom have significant personal and/or educational barriers, which would potentially adversely affect their attendance and achievement in education setting.




Unit 10 Burrington Business Park, Honicknowle, Plymouth, PL5 3LX

01752 782046


Plymouth Marjon University

All our programmes involve work placements of some sort, and all students are trained in critical graduate-level skills such as presenting with impact, applying for jobs, managing interviews and influencing others. We work very closely with key employers on all programmes, linking our students to a network of contacts to help them in their future careers.



01752 636700


Plymouth University

Universities are so much more than degree-awarding seats of learning. They are drivers for economic innovation and advancement, catalysts for social change and champions of cultural development.



01752 600600


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