Wirral’s Children’s Centres are warm and welcoming environments where parents, carers and their children under the age of 5 years can access a range of Early Help support services; this support is available both universally (e.g. drop-in play sessions or general advice) or is targeted for families who may need a little more support at a challenging time in their lives. Support is available via two different routes:
School Readiness offer-
School Readiness workers develop and deliver packages of support for families which positively promote child development so that children start nursery & school ready to learn. This can be completed as a package of support in the home environment or as part of group work within the children’s centre or local community. Support from School Readiness workers includes:
- Supporting families to access the Children’s Centre’s play sessions
- Providing home learning support around play opportunities and ideas, including reading using Bookstart resources
- Supporting children to develop their speech and language skills
- Help in accessing free early years education entitlements
- Signposting and referring families to specialist support were necessary e.g. speech and language therapy
- Promoting key healthy lifestyle messages to families, sharing up to date information to support this such as healthy eating, toothbrush exchange, breastfeeding, attachment/bonding & physical development
- Identifying families who may benefit from further support, such as adult education, family learning, volunteering and being work-ready.
- School Readiness Workers deliver a range of sessions in the Children’s Centres and outreach venues in the local community, which include:
- Baby Massage
- Baby Yoga
- Baby Babble
- Chatter Tots
- Stay and Play
Family Work offer-
Family Workers support families with a child under the age of 5 years at an early point of intervention or as part of a multi-agency support package when families may previously have been supported by social care.
Building on strengths within the family, the Family Worker will support & guide families around a range of issues impacting on the children, such as behaviour management, routines & boundaries, debt, budgeting, speech & language, and help in accessing free early years education entitlements & they can signpost families to other specialist support for specific issues such as housing or mental health.
Family Workers are also trained to deliver evidence-based programmes of learning about domestic violence, preparing for parenthood & supporting children with positive behaviour strategies.
Other support offered in the centres-
Children’s Centres host a range of other services for families ante-natally, as well as those with children aged up to the age of 5 years such as:
- Social supermarket or provision of other emergency food/basic items
- 0-19 health visiting teams – health staff will offer Healthy Child clinics & developmental review appointments in the children’s centres, as well as pop up vaccination clinics
- Midwifery clinics
- Other specialist health appointments such as speech & language, dietician service, counselling
- Breastfeeding support is offered in weekly peer network meetings led by Koala NW – Wirral’s children’s centres are accredited by Unicef to provide baby-friendly environments where parents can breastfeed comfortably & safely
- Citizen’s Advice information & guidance
- Delivery of other support sessions e.g. Wirral Mind, Peri-Natal Mental Health team
You can have a further discussion with your local Children’s Centre who can talk to you about the service or support you may need.
Who is this aimed at?
This venue is aimed at children and families.
Children’s Centres are generally open Monday to Friday.
Rock Ferry Children’s Centre, Ionic Street, Rock Ferry,
This venue is typically open from 8:30am to 5pm, but some support is offered outside these times based on the family’s needs.
Phone: 0151 666 3151
For further information
Visit the Wirral.gov – Rockferry Children’s Centres website.
Visit the My Child Can Facebook page.