Citizen Advice Bureau


03.04.17
A notification from Citizen Advice Bureau;
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide a drop-in advice service at Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre.
If you require advice, please call our Telephone Advice Line: 01422 824848.

This Quarters Catch the Comment Winner

Congratulations to Holly Eccles

our Quarter 2 Catch The Comment Winner

Catch the comment winners poster Q2 2016 Holly Eccles

 

Holly attended Illingworth Children’s Centre to receive her prize.

Food Safety course and crèche provided were excellent.  I felt I learnt something useful from the course and my son was comfortable in the crèche placement provided”.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a sample of some of the comments which we have received this quarter.

“Creations Children’s Centre were very quick upon arranging my sons 2 year funding, with very polite and friendly staff, I was instantly re-assured about leaving my first child comfortably.  I came with loads of questions at the start but found by the end of filling forms all my questions and more were answered, without me having to ask.  I recommend any parents to bring their child here its brill”.

“Was a fab Halloween event the children enjoyed themselves, I think the parents enjoyed it as well, think it should be a yearly event”.

“Both my children attend the nursery.  This is a very good reflection on all staff members who make time them feel so welcome.  They totally enjoy themselves and their efforts are much appreciated”.

I have just completed the jewellery making course at Creations and would highly recommend it.  Annie who ran the course was helpful and a great teacher.  She has given me confidence to start my own business in jewellery making.  The kits we were given are fab and a big help to get started”.

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.

 

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Use good housekeeping clean as you go.

 

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

Children’s Centre Contract update

Earlier this year, Calderdale Council reviewed the Children’s Centres Service, which is delivered for us by two local independent organisations, Halifax Opportunities Trust (HOT) and North Halifax Partnership (NHP). We wanted to see if we needed 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 you and the hundreds of other families and professionals who have talked to us, completed our surveys and sent us views.

Overall, the clear message from families, parents, staff and professionals is that we do not need something completely different right now.

We have heard this message. We are going to extend the current arrangements instead of having 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 at sarah.manfredi@calderdale.gov.uk for details of the commissioning decisions.

For more information about Children’s Centres, please see:

http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/education-and-learning/childcare/childrens-centres   http://www.childrencentres.co.uk/index.php   http://surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/

Kind regards

Sarah Manfredi, Senior Commissioning Manager

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.

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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

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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.

 

What to Expect When Your New Baby Arrives!

Being pregnant (especially for the first time) can be extremely exciting and a very happy time as you prepare for your new arrival. However, it can also feel daunting at times and a little overwhelming as you realise the idea of bringing your child home for the first time.

Surestart and the Lower Valley Health Visitors team want to help you feel confident and reassured about those first few days and weeks after your baby has arrived. These one off sessions help with that. Please see our What’s On guide for details or contact the Children’s Centres for further information.

So if you are 30 weeks + then come along to our antenatal workshop and meet your new Health Visitor.  Click here to view – What To Expect When Your New Baby Arrives

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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.

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National Baking Week

National Baking Week at Ash Green and Innovations Children’s Centres
18th – 21st October 2016

Throughout the week the children have been very busy at Ash Green and Innovations Children Centres baking yummy things such as buns, biscuit, flap jack and chocolate mess.
On Friday 21 October families were invited to morning coffee and afternoon tea to taste the baking. Recipes were provided to families to bake at home and bring along to eat together.
Thank you to all the children, families and staff for taking part in National Baking Week. Look out in your centre for Christmas baking activities.
Ash Green Children Centre families said.
“Attended baking week tea it has encouraged us to bake at home which we wouldn’t have done otherwise. A really good idea”
” I love how as a parent we can be so involved in my child’s time at nursery”
“My child has loved the baking week and bake at home”

Innovations Children’s Centre families said.
“It was lovely to be invited to the great bake off afternoon and be involved in the nursery”. The staff were welcoming and the activity planned was a real treat. I hope there are more of these sessions to come”.
“Had a lovely time, was nice to come and get involved and see how tea works and the environment”. Lovely and friendly staff and was good to get to know them. ( Jam Tarts, Yummy)”.
“A lovely meal with the children. Thank you for inviting me. My child really enjoyed me coming and talked about it for ages before”.

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