Quarter 2 Catch the comment winner!

Q2 Catch the comment winners poster

Please find attached the winner’s poster for catch the comments for quarter ending December 2017. The winner is Eddie Carr, and lives in Wellholme reach area. His winning comment was completed at a Christmas Concert at the Centre, and was “We enjoyed the Christmas Concert!”. He has signed a photo consent form so this can be placed on Facebook and website.


 I’ll put some comments below, please could these be placed on Facebook and Website along with the poster:


Positive comments received:


  • Family Learning Team: An absolutely fantastic course, wish it was longer. Inspired me to go and buy a sling to use at home and out and about (Sling Swing at Creations Children’s Centre)
  • Family Support Team North & East: I would like to say thank you for the funding that I received from Bearders and Project Colt, as I was able to buy a new cooker and wardrobes and drawers for our home. My Family Support Worker put forward the request for this for us and it has really helped us and it has been so beneficial.
  • Family Support Team Lower Valley: Family Support has been a massive support and will be missed. This has been the best support for this family and I’m very happy.
  • Ash Green Children’s Centre Daycare: No complaints. All staff are lovely, really friendly and brilliant with all the children. Had a fab time today as was invited to spend time in the nursery with my son, all parents were invited and was a great atmosphere.
  • Innovations Children’s Centre Daycare: Lovely session, good length of time, with lots of exciting content, staff really helpful and informative. Loved that it was in the school holidays (FAST Session)
  • Northowram and Shelf Hub: This is by far the best group in the area. I have been and do visit many groups. A fantastic job. The toys, tea, books and parents are all fantastic. A very welcoming group and the time is just right (Tiny Me)
  • Elland Children’s Centre: Accessing Work Club, helped with application forms, CV and covering letters which was helpful, and I gained a lot of confidence in interview situations too (Work Club)
  • Elland Children’s Centre Daycare: I had a really lovely morning. It was fun to play with NAME in this environment. Staff as always were very friendly. Food also was a great bonus (Dad’s Breakfast Event at Elland Daycare)
  • Field Lane Children’s Centre: Fantastic Halloween event. Great selection of activities, looking forward to future ones (Halloween Event)
  • Field Lane Children’s Centre Daycare: Today’s session was good with the activity but encouraging learning at the same time, all associated with road safety (Road Safety Event at Field Lane Daycare)
  • Wellholme Park Children’s Centre: I feel the Baby Group at Wellholme Children’s Centre is a lovely and helpful class to have it really helped me get out and about while on maternity. The nursery is so welcoming and such a warm atmosphere my son has settled in so well. The staff are very helpful and supportive. Nothing is ever too much trouble (Baby Group)
  • Wellholme Park Daycare: Really impressed with the nursery. We came to the Christmas concert and the Christmas Fayre. Our son loves coming and we as parents are really happy with the nursery. They have different activities and each session is well planned and we can tell that he is well stimulated and has a fun time! Cannot praise them highly enough!

Annual Consultation Winner!

Annual Consultation 2017


This is Megan, a parent who attends Creations Community Children’s Centre and took part in 2017’s annual consultation. Her questionnaire was randomly selected as the winner and here she is collecting her prize, £50 of love to shop vouchers. Thank you to everyone that took part in the consultation, we received 925 responses in total, a 15% increase on last year.


Annual Consultation Winner

Catch the Comment – other comments received

Here are some of the Catch the Comments we have received by parents over the last 3 months (July to September) regarding the daycare/groups/events we run at our Children’s Centres.

A really lovely class with lots of interaction for all ages. (Miss Molly’s Stories at Northowram and Shelf Hub)

The help this course has given me is absolutely fantastic, the changes outsiders and professionals have seen in me during the duration of the course is positive. Definitely best decision coming here. (Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities)

Very happy with how the staff are with my child when I bring him and he gets upset. Very happy with his behaviour and how happy he is because of how welcoming the staff are. (Ash Green daycare) Ash Green Children’s Centre

I just want to say a great big thank you to all the staff at Creations, I feel very lucky that my son was able to attend such a great nursery. The love and care and consideration you have shown him is second to none and invaluable to him as well as being comforting to me. Many thanks again. (Creations daycare) Creations Community Children’s Centre

I would just like to say how fantastic sports day was – very well organised and lots of fun and different things for the kiddies to do. I was pleased with the notice I was given about it because then I had chance to leave work early and watch my child’s very first sports day. I think the staff did fantastic to keep all the children occupied and it was also nice to be able to sit with the children afterwards. (Innovations daycare) Innovations Children’s Centre

Since my child has started nursery his confidence has boosted he wakes up everyday wanting to go to nursery. It’s helped him tremendously with his speech, playing, communication and role play. (Kevin Pearce daycare) Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre

My Grandson and I really enjoy the Thursday Chat and Play session. Everyone is made extremely welcome. The snack provided is nutritious and all the children enjoy it. Each week there is a different activity, it has helped our Grandson to share and get involved in group sessions. (Chat and Play at Northowram Hub)

Regular attendant with my baby and four year old to Tiny Treasures and Messy Monkeys – the sessions that I have attended with leaders from other groups have been fantastic – Baby Massage, Boom Chicka Boom – fantastic value for £1.50 a session. Love Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon. (Tiny Treasures at Holywell Green)

From the moment I brought my granddaughter to Elland Children’s Centre they have made it very easy for her to attend and settle in. Staff have also been very flexible with the hours she attends to suit me. Staff are so welcoming, so giving and so helpful. For the very short time we have been here I can’t praise them enough. I would advise anyone to attend Elland. (Elland daycare) Elland Children’s Centre

We have been attending the sessions for a few years now. The sessions are really well run. Lots of different activities for the children and the chance to pick things your own child likes. The sessions are very warm and welcoming, Kelly is lovely with all the children and adults. My two children have loved coming to Messy Monkeys and had the opportunity to do fun things every week. They enjoy the singing and enjoy Kelly’s own versions of songs! (Messy Monkeys at Field Lane CC) Field Lane Children’s Centre

We have really enjoyed coming to the baby group. There is always a variety of fun activities for the babies to do. Even from a very young age my child enjoyed herself. We have been coming to baby group since she was 2 weeks old. (Baby Group at Wellholme) Wellholme Children’s Centre

Q1 Catch the Comment – Winner

Our winner is Carly Topham who won a £10 Love2Shop voucher, please see the winning comment below.

Q1 Catch the comment winners poster

“We have attended the sports session today and both my boys aged 21 months and 4 years enjoyed the session. We also attended last week and came back as my 4 year old has been asking to go to sports all week since the last session.” She attended the sports galore session at Field Lane

Quarter 3 Health & Safety Messages

Q3 Health Message – Stop Smoking!

ell-stop-smokingFREE Stop Smoking Clinic held at Elland Children’s Centre 

Run by Yorkshire Smokefree every Thursday 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

The clinic is available to pregnant women and their families and also to Children’s Centre users who want to beat the habit!

If you would like more information or would like to book an appointment please contact Yorkshire Smokefree on 01422 262373



Q3 Safety Message – Prevention of Slips, Trips & Falls!

How do slips happen?   Common Causes

mopping-up-pictureWet oily surfaces –

Mop up any immediately and any sticky flooring.


spillage-pictureSpillage of (food, drinks) –

Use good housekeeping clean as you go.


bath-pictureShowers and Baths –

Supervise at all times to prevent accidents through slipping under the water or climbing out when wet, or jumping in the bath.

A Helping Hand for a Healthy Start

As a new parent, whether going through pregnancy, in the first few days of looking after a new born, or knowing how to prepare your toddler for nursery

and then all too soon school, you are bombarded with advice, which is often well meaning but at the same time it can be baffling.

The newly created Healthy Early Years – Your Child and You website and app is jammed packed with top tips to support your little one to grow, from birth

to five, to be happy, healthy and safe. This ‘one stop shop’ of local information, advice and guidance developed with health professionals

that you can trust, offers a helping hand to support your child and you through the early years. Visit www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk or download the app for your Android or iPhone, search for healthy early years.


Lower Valley Dads Event at Rastrick Fire Station

Lower Valley Dads Event on Saturday 26th November at Rastrick Fire Station

Dads came along with their children to enjoy a morning of arts and crafts activities.  Breakfast was provided and an opportunity to look around the Fire Station.

Dads were also given safety talk by the Firemen around what to do in the event of a fire and information which they found useful.  Each family left with a goody bag.

Here are some of the comments from the dads who attended:

Useful and fun with food!

A good opportunity for my son to see the fire service. Good information.

Kids enjoyed it and breakfast.    Fun, interesting and informative.

He really enjoyed it!    Really enjoyed it!

Fun and safe        Fun, learnt Stop/Drop/Roll








All activities are advertised on Facebook:  Find us on facebook at Sure Start Childrens Centres North Halifax Partnership https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sure-Start-Childrens-Centres-NHP/174118029395169  Please LIKE and SHARE.


Food For Life Award

Congratulations Innovations & Creations Children’s Centres on being the first Children’s Centres in the country to achieve the Food For Life award. The Food For Life Award has been the platform we have been waiting for.

Our Children’s Centres are passionate about food and understand the impact that a lack of the right types of food can have on children’s learning and health.

All our children’s centres work within the guidance and this has developed practitioners knowledge and their understanding about the importance of ensuring children have the right foods at the right times. Children are now confident in making good choices around healthy food and have an awareness of healthy lifestyles which will have long term benefits for their future.

We are proud to be a local ambassador for the Food For Life award and are looking forward to supporting others on their journey.


Catch The Comment – Winner

We are pleased to announce this quarters Catch the Comment winner.

Congratulation and well done Tracy for winning a shopping voucher.


Here are a few examples of ‘Catch the Comments’ received.

“I can’t praise the staff enough each and every team member has taken the time to get to know my daughter and her needs, likes, dislikes etc.  Even they have taken the time to get to know myself at every session when I collect my daughter they give me a detailed account of her day, how she ate etc.  I haven’t met a team member at WPCC who is not 200% dedicated to the job and the children.  I am so glad my child comes to this nursery as opposed to another”.

 “I’m glad that my child has come for his 2 year funding.  He has some issues with speech and this was picked up quickly.  As a result my child has support in place going into nursery”.

 “The Beauty course has not only taught me employable skills, but has provided me with some well needed pampering at the same time, and have also enabled me to make new friends”. 

  “You’re like my guardian angels, last time you did this I needed you and now you have rung me aging just when I need you”.

 If you have any comments, compliments or suggestions please ask at your nearest Children’s Centre for a Catch the Comment form.  You never know, It might be your turn to win!

Volunteering Kite mark.

This summer, North Halifax Partnership achieved The Calderdale Volunteering Kite mark for demonstrating consistent quality as a volunteering involving organisation. The kite mark covers all aspects of our practice from how we recruit volunteers to the one to one supervision and supported next-steps for volunteers.

The kite mark is awarded by North Bank Forum (Nbf), the organisation which provides support to the voluntary sector on behalf of Calderdale Council, and is known locally as Calderdale Sector Support. Together with our other awards and accreditations like Quality for Health; Bronze Award for Environmental Business Pledge; and CHAS accreditation, the Volunteering Kite mark shows that people outside NHP have looked at our work across the organisation and confirmed it meets a high standard. Well done everyone for achieving this.