Every child in Liverpool deserves the best possible start in life.
And thanks to the fantastic work going on in the city’s network of children’s centres, thousands of children each year are getting that great start.
In a typical year more than 20,000 children and their parents take advantage of all the great services offered at Liverpool’s children’s centres.
The services they offer are aimed at children aged 0 – 5 and their parents. They provide everything to help children grow and develop into healthy, happy young people.
But there’s more to Liverpool’s children’s centres because they are real hubs for the communities they serve. Parents can also access a fantastic range of services through their local children’s centres. From healthy lifestyle advice, to parenting skills, to help brushing up on your basic skills there really is something for everyone.
In fact, your local children’s centre can actually help get you a job. Over the past two years children’s centres have helped more than 3,600 parents to improve their skills, boost their confidence and get job-ready. So far 129 parents have gone on to find work and there’s plenty more in the pipeline.
Liverpool City Council”s Cabinet Member for Children’s Service, Cllr Barry Kushner said: “It always a pleasure to visit one of children’s centres. They are friendly, welcoming and busy, whether as a parent you want to study, learn about child development, get help with your child’s speech and language, or just have someone to speak to in confidence, they are the places to go to.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “We are really proud of the work that is being done at our children’s centres. The staff who work there are passionate about what they do and their work is making a real difference to people’s lives.”
“We appreciate the value of early intervention to support our youngest citizens and their families. Whilst children’s centres in other parts of the country have been forced to close because of austerity we made a commitment to protect them. Now we are seeing the real benefits they provide to our communities.”
There’s a children’s centre within walking distance of every community and they are free to use.
We went along to Wavertree Children’s Centre and spoke to staff member Danielle to find out more.