Great Childhoods Ambition

Explore what’s possible for children, young people and families

Great childhoods made possible

A range of experiences and learning opportunities can help to give children and young people get the best start in life and adulthood.

In Barnsley we want all children, young people and families to be able to benefit from the opportunities that great childhoods bring.

Hear from Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE to learn more.

Discover opportunities that are right for you

Take a look at our options to find ways that your family could benefit from support, activities, events and much more. We’re currently creating new events and support, so please use this page to keep up to date.

Events, activities and places to visit

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Staying connected to your local area

  • Keep up to date with events and activities in your local area team. Visit the Area Teams page to find your ward and follow the team on social media.
  • If you live in or near one of our Principal Towns or local village centres you can learn more about investment and highlights for the area. Visit the Principal Towns page to discover what’s taking place.
Children Playing in town centre

Outdoor spaces and physical activity

  • Our borough has many outdoor spaces for all the family to enjoy. Keeping active brings many benefits. Hear from Barnsley FC defender, Donovan Pines, to learn more!

  • There's lots of ways you can move more, from competitive sports to a walk in the park with family. Feeling inspired? Check out the What’s Your Move website to find what’s right for you. You can also stay up to date by following the What’s Your Move Facebook page.
  • If you love to get outdoors, visit our parks and green spaces page to explore places to enjoy. You can also follow the teams on their Barnsley Parks and Green spaces Facebook page.

Discover new skills and talents

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Education and learning

  • When children are well-prepared for school, they can get the most out of learning. Barnsley’s School Alliance have created a video for helping your child be ready for nursery and school setting. It explores the skills that make a difference for children starting school.


  • Our skills and employability team can help you to get started or progress with learning, work, volunteering or training. Discover how they could work with you and get in touch on the skills and employability page.
    Find out more about how we can help you develop your skills through training.
  • New skills and abilities can help parents to feel more confident to support their children’s learning. You can learn more about skills for everyday life on the Adult Skills and Community Learning page.
  • Barnsley's Children's University gives children and young people chance to develop skills, knowledge, and confidence outside the classroom through a range of activities. The programme is delivered through local schools. You can find out more on the Barnsley Children's University page.

Family hubs and groups

  • Family hubs across the borough provide early help services for children from pre-birth up to 19 years (or 25 years if the young person has a disability). A range of experts are on hand at our family hub buildings. These include family support professionals, health visitors, early help workers, midwives, mental health support services, employment advisors and adult learning teams. They can help you and your family to get the right help at the right time. You'll be able to access a wide range of services and activities online. You'll be able to do this on the Virtual Family Hub and in other community locations through our Family Hubs in the community pop up services. This includes venues such as libraries, youth centres, schools, early years settings, health settings, community centres and faith buildings. Visit the Virtual Family Hub website to discover what’s right for you.

  • Our infant feeding team support expectant parents and new families with support around breastfeeding and infant feeding. Take a look at the infant feeding team’s page to learn more.
    Watch our Barnsley breastfeeding video.

  • Our fostering team help Barnsley people to explore opportunities for fostering. Hear from their fostering community. If you’d like to learn more, visit the fostering page.

Targeted support

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Upcoming investments:

As part of our ambition, we’re creating new opportunities that make great childhoods possible.

This work includes upcoming investments in Barnsley town centre, including:

  • YMCA and HOME Hub.
  • Youth Activity Hub and Youth Zone.
  • Northern Academy for Vocal Excellence (NAVE).
  • The refurbishment of Barnsley Civic.

Visit the Barnsley Futures page to learn more.

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