News and announcements

What's happening at our Children's Centre


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New Groups for 2018

We are pleased to introduce two new regular groups at some of the centres across Calderdale. 

Boothtown and Jubilee Children's Centres will host monthly 'Weaning Groups' which will be run by the health visiting teams with the aim of supporting parents with babies transitioning to solid foods.  See the flyers below for dates and times.


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  


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