Children's Centre to

Family Hub....

Children's Centre to

Family Hub....

The original Children Centres were closed in March 2017 due to cuts in funding. After many discussions, the Head of Chalgrove School along with other members of the local community, decided to apply to reinstate the Chalgrove and Watlington centres. The First Steps family Hubs were launched in March 2017 in order to continue to provide essential support to families with young children in the communities. 

Who's Who?


Anna Harries - Family Hub coordinator


Anna holds a Level 3 Play work diploma, a Montessori Teaching diploma and an Educational Studies diploma. Anna has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant, a Crèche Manager and a Nursery Office Manager. She currently work as a Nursery Administrator alongside her role in the Family Hub. In her spare time she looks after her two boys and Springer spaniel! 

Maria Berrell - Family Hub Coordinator

Maria volunteered as Playworker at the Stokenchurch children centre when her children were little and also as an administrator for Children's Play Therapists across different centres. She has an NVQ in  Business Administration, a Psychology Diploma, a NLP Diploma, a Mindfulness Diploma, a Five to Thrive qualification and has completed a CBT and OPA playworker course.  She is also now a HENRY facilitator. Maria enjoys working at the hub because she enjoys working with young  children and providing valuable support to families.


Heather Topping

Amanda Bruce

Christine Knight

Linda Simmie

Ellen Gaffney

Roanne Pykett

Kathy Gibson

Committee Members

Heather Topping – Chair of the Committee

Paul Noon – Treasurer

Amanda Bruce – Committee Secretary

Sam Gillion – Chalgrove Primary Head/Lead Safeguarding 

Jonathan Gale – Watlington Primary Acting Head/Lead Safeguarding

David Turner 

Neil Topping

David Benskin

Candida Hunt

Anna Badcock


Do you come to the Hub sessions? Are you interested in being part of the team? If so we are looking for parent volunteers to join our Committee. Please contact us by email on for further information. Many thanks