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What's happening at our Children's Centre


A very warm welcome to Susy Thomas! Susy will be providing one-to-one support and advice for dads/male carers around family issues including family relationships. She will be involved in activities and events and will help Dads/male carers link up with others in their area. Susy will cover the Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Boothtown, Siddal, Southowram and Sowerby Bridge areas. To find out more, please give Susy a call on 07738 785646 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’.

Children’s event was full of fun and games

Around 600 people attended an event run by The Halifax Opportunities Trust to celebrate International Children’s Day at The Outback Community Garden. Families enjoyed activities like a drumming circle, messy play, fruit kebabs and a dental healthcare puppet show. Other activities taking place included face painting, giant skittles, a treasure hunt, musical statues, a football penalty shootout and arts and crafts.

Alison Haskins, CEO of the Halifax Opportunities Trust said: “International Children’s Day is a celebration of children across the world and we like to mark that at Halifax Opportunities Trust. “We had over 600 people attend our event reflecting the diversity of the local community. What a fantastic way to celebrate children, in the sun and having fun”.

For more information visit the Halifax Courier website by clicking on the following link:

Nurseries are "outstanding"

Four of our day nurseries have now been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Siddal Children's Centre joins Sowerby New Road, Jubilee and Todmorden in Ofsted's top bracket. In it's report on Siddal, Ofsted said: "staff have high aspirations for all children and have a firm belief that all children are competent learners. "Consequently, all children thrive and excel in their learning. "Children's learning and independence are significantly enhanced because of staff's high quality, fun and motivating teaching and exemplary learning environment. The provider and staff at all levels have an exceptional and admirable passion and dedication to families."

Andrea Briggs, one of our three Children's Centre Delivery Managers said: "we are absolutely delighted that Ofsted have recognised the high standards of teaching, learning and care offered to children by our dedicated staff team." Our CEO Alison Haskin said: "this is testament to our focus on social outcomes and the passion of the team when it comes to supporting families in Calderdale. The Trust is incredibly grateful for the hard work and dedication of the entire Children's Centres staff, for the wonderful children that attend our nurseries and for the continued support of the parents and carers."

Click on the links to read the full Ofsted reports:

New Road Children's Centre Nursery, Sowerby Bridge click here

Jubilee Children's Centre Nursery - click here

Siddal Children's Centre Nursery - click here

Todmorden Children's Centre Nursery - click here


 'Blue Whale' social media game - WARNING to all parents/carers!

 Posted May 2017

'Blue Whale' is a dangerous new game that is played online and spreading through social media across Europe and into parts of the UK.

 NHS link to an interactive Healthy under 5’s page

Posted November 2016

Healthy Early Years is a newly created website, featuring downloadable content, along with a free mobile app packed with top tips to support parents, carers and frontline staff caring for children aged from 0-5 in Calderdale to be healthy, happy and safe: Launching on Tuesday 15th November, the resources have been developed by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale Council in partnership with members of the public and local organisations as a major project within the Calderdale Vanguard.  Visit  

 The future of Children's Centres service

Posted 2016 

Earlier this year, Calderdale Council reviewed the Children's Centres service, delivered for us by two local independent organisations, HOT and NHP. We wanted to see if we needed to commission something different for the future.

We looked at what families need from the Children's Centres core service, daycare and family support service. We talked to other local authorities about what they do with their Children's Centres, and we looked at what resources are needed.

We also talked to families, staff, schools, health partners and anyone else with an interest in early years, to see what they think is needed, what they value and what could be better.

We want to thank the hundreds of families and professionals who have talked to us, completed the surveys, and sent us their views. Overall, the clear message from families, parents, staff and professionals is that we do not need to commission something completely different right now.

We have listened and are extending the current arrangements instead of recommissioning a brand new service. We are pleased to say that HOT and NHP have agreed to continue to deliver their successful services for us until March 2019.

There will be some small changes over this time, but no fundamental difference in what the Children's Centres are achieving in Calderdale. We believe this is the best outcome for children, families and partners who value and need the Children's Centre service.

If you would like any more information about this, please contact Sarah Manfredi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for details of the commissioning decisions.


New Law bans cigarettes in cars with kids

Posted October 2015

From Thursday 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in vehicles with under 18s.  

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