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.


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


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.


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”.






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.


Quality for Health award Level 2

We are pleased to announce that North Halifax Partnership have been successful in achieving the level 2 Quality for Health award. There were many positives and many areas of excellent practice were commented on.

The Assessor also fed back that:
Without exception every Service User he spoke to confirmed they were made extremely welcome and treated with dignity, kindness, compassion, courtesy, respect, understanding and honesty at all times.
He also said that
The highly effective systems and the passionate culture of support that exists throughout the organisation ensures delivery of a high quality and totally ‘customer focused’ approach.

Thank you to all the parents who talked to him and supported us with achieving this award, your participation was much appreciated.


OFSTED Inspection for Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre

Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre Day Nursery is OFSTED registered for 49 children aged between 0-5 years.  The centre had a daycare inspection by OFSTED in August 2016 where we achieved ‘Good’.

The staff at Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre would like to say thank you to all parents who took the time to speak with the inspector at our OFSTED inspection.

Please click here to view Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre Ofsted Report – August 2016

First Time Mum?

Had your baby in the last six months?  We’d love your help with our

online survey about your experience with feeding…

If you live in Kirklees, Wakefield or Calderdale, please take a few

minutes to complete our survey to help us understand infant

feeding from your perspective.  Sharing your views and experiences will help to shape our

services to support other new mums.

Please use the survey to tell us about the information, support and services you found useful, along with the things you feel that were missing.

To find out more and take the survey please scan the QR code or visit  www.kirklees.gov.uk/infantfeeding

Click here to view First Time Mum?

Celebration Event

A BIG THANK YOU to all the families who attended our Celebration Event Wednesday 15th June at the Coffee Culture Café in Shibden Park .

It was the first celebration event we had organised and was a great success.  We are hoping this will become an annual event.

The event was in recognition of long service support, commitment and attendance as a volunteer.  The commitment, achievement and amazing attendance on family and adult learning courses.  The of support, commitment and attendance as a volunteer with Dads R Us.  Also In recognition of Apprentices reaching their goal and gaining employment.

It was great to see so many families having fun.  Lots of craft activities to keep the children entertained including face painting. Certificates were presented followed by afternoon tea.   Every family left with a goody bag.