Who we are

Welcome to Dr Bell’s Family Centre! We are a child-friendly family and community centre, based in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh.

Dr Bell’s aims to be a welcoming place where families with young children can get encouragement, support and advice in a relaxed environment.  We provide universal and targeted provision – for everyone and focusing on the most disadvantaged – in order to minimise stigma.

We play a significant part in creating community cohesion by bringing together people of different cultures around a shared agenda – the welfare of children.

What Support We Offer

Groups & Family Support

We offer a variety of holistic services to help support the parents and young families of Leith. We offer a weekly programme of groups and services, ranging from Baby Massage to Baby Peep. 


Our crèche facility is key to the success of the Centre. It allows parents to attend groups and appointments; it supports families facing challenging circumstances through the provision of regular crèche spaces and offers a drop in facility for all local families.   

Counselling Services

Person-centred counsellors work by acknowledging your perspective of your difficulties and by creating a therapeutic relationship with you which has many benefits: it can support you, without judgement, to challenge beliefs and views which may be affecting you negatively; it helps you identify any relationship difficulties outside of counselling and helps increase your confidence through acknowledgement and acceptance of your experiences


Always considering the needs of their families, Dr Bell's constantly endeavor to improve the services and tailor them to the needs of their users. Which makes us feel special and like we have a place in the community. Being in a society where we often feel insignificant, that's huge!
Speaking about our
'Keeping Connected Programme'

Going through the box of food and hearing suggestions of what we could make with it was really interesting.... rather than just sticking to my usual cooking!

our 'Foodbox' group


Get in touch with us by emailing info@dbfc.org.uk or calling us on 0131 553 0100. We will then ask you to complete some basic information so we can get in touch to let you know when groups will start. There are some waiting lists for particular groups, but we will do our best to get you involved as soon as possible! 

As of March 2020, we have been delivering our ‘Keeping Connected’ program online. We will continue to deliver our groups online for the foreseeable future, using Zoom and Facebook Live. Our walking groups are meeting in person in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Please email creche@dbfc.org.uk to register your interest. Spaces for children under two years old are limited and so we have a waiting list system in place. We will then contact you when a space becomes available to begin the registration process. 

We will be following Scottish Government  and healthcare guidance, and this means that crèche will look a bit different from before lockdown. However, your child’s safety and wellbeing will still be at the heart of everything we do and we will do everything we can to support you and your children into the new way of working.

Our front door will be locked at all times, please ring the doorbell to inform the team that you have arrived. You will not be permitted to enter the building for the foreseeable future to ensure we minimise any risks. In order for physical distancing to be in place for adults, we would ask that parents/carers remain outside while settling children, or handing them over to staff. We ask that you follow any physical distancing guidance or signage.

To ensure infection control measures:

  • All staff and children to wash hands on entry to crèche, after use of the toilet, when moving between areas, before preparing food, before and after eating food, before leaving crèche.
  • No non-staff visitors to crèche while staff and children are there.
  • All staff will monitor of staff/children for symptoms at all times. The isolation space will be used if a child displays symptoms of COVID-19 until collected by a parents or carer.
  • Visuals and posters about hygiene and handwashing will be displayed in nursery.
  • Where possible doors and windows will be kept open.
  • Toilet visits to be confined to one child at a time with supervision.
  • Due to infection control measures, some soft furnishings, soft toys and items that are harder to clean will have to be removed from crèche.
  • If a child becomes symptomatic following their session they must inform Dr Bell’s as soon as possible. We will then follow test and protect procedures (https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect/), informing anyone who may have been in contact with them during their visit to the centre.
  • If a child displays symptoms consistent with COVID 19 while in the setting, a ventilated space (Meeting Room B) will be available for the child to wait in until they can be collected by their parent/carer. Care will be taken to ensure the appropriate levels of supervision of all children. Dr Bell’s Family Centre is following guidance from The Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (https://hpspubsrepo.blob.core.windows.net/hpswebsite/nss/2973/documents/1_covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings.pdf).
  • Children who are symptomatic or in a household that is, cannot attend the centre until isolation period is completed and no longer displaying symptoms.

Sadly, we are not accepting any donations of clothes or children’s toys/equipment. We really appreciate your thinking of Dr. Bell’s, but we are trying to minimize as much cross-contamination as possible in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.