This page serves to document all our archived news articles for 2010. Please note all content and images are ©Five Children and Families Trust.

International BookStart Week coincided nicely with the opening of our new "Beach" play area. Formally known as the "Big Brother" room the conservatory style area has been transformed into a tranquil space incorporating a large sand pit, a stream and even a rowing boat for the children to enjoy.

The "beach" took a long time to plan and develop but it was Graham's determination and hard work alongside Terry and Frank from Phase Three Electrics that really brought it to life, so a big thank you to them for all their valiant efforts.

Following on from the Nursery's new outdoor development the idea behind the breach was to give the space a definite purpose and try to bring the "outside", "inside", Introducing a new tactile environment for the children to experience. If the smiles on their faces are anything to go by it would appear that the idea was a success.

All we ask of parents and carers that use the facility is that they tidy up after themselves so that the beach is ready for the next child to visit. It's your space - so use it and enjoy!

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week is a nationwide annual event, which has taken place since 1993 and is run by the Department of Health to promote breastfeeding.

Nutrition plays a big part in health for us all - right from the start. The best start in life includes breastfeeding. When we are pregnant our body produces breast milk specifically for our baby, giving the optimum nutrition - by design.

Your breast milk is all the nutrition your baby needs until they are 6 months old. Breast milk is free, convenient, easily absorbed in your baby's tummy and is always at the right temperature. Breastfeeding protects both you and your baby against a range of infections and illnesses. Women who breastfeed also get their figure back faster!

To join in with national breastfeeding awareness week activities, we held competitions to promote breast feeding in our local community. Congratulations to the two lucky winners who both won £20 vouchers each.

People all over the world were celebrating International Children's Day on 4th June and Five Children's Centre was no exception. Throughout the day a range of activities and games were held for the children and their parents to enjoy including musical statues, pass the parcel, face painting and arts & crafts to name just a few.

We have a growing Polish Community in the Speke area and here at the centre we are doing our best to help smooth the transition between the two cultures and one sure way to do this is through food.

Emilia Walania prepared a range of delicious Polish food to share with some of the other parents and children for a lunchtime treat, and Kids Club did their part too cooking some tasty snacks for everyone to enjoy.

As the weather warms up it is important to remember to protect our children and our own skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun. Keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.

Ten tips for protecting children in the sun:

Taken from Cancer Research UK websites,

We are holding a 'Baby Weaning' event at the centre, so if you have a young baby and would like some advice on weaning procedures please come along and join us.

We will be giving out Department of Health Guidelines, leaflets and recipes to help you chose the right foods for your baby. There will be food tasting sessions where you can sample different types of food that you could try with your baby at home.

There will be a free prize draw and refreshments and a buffet will also be available.

The event will take place at Five Children's Centre on Wednesday 31st March 2010 from 10-12 noon - we look forward to seeing you there.

If you would like more information please contact Gemma on: 0151-486 9719.

Congratulations to Katie Jones from Nursery who won the Disney Live drawing competition.

Katie's winning picture was picked from over thirty entries and won her and her family tickets to the 'Three Classic Fairy Tales' show on Saturday 27th March at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

Well done Katie! I'm sure you'll have a great time with all your favorite Disney characters.



Having a pet in the family can be a good thing and provide your child with a ready-made friend, teach your child to respect other creatures and educate your child about the natural world. However there are some simple things that should be followed to ensure you, your child and your pet remain safe and have a happy and lasting friendship.

The RSPCA is currently updating its advisory leaflet on animals and children, however following requests for advice about keeping children safe around dogs the four key points below have been provided as brief interim advice until the full guidance is revised and re-issued (due in March 2010).

If you want further advice about how to look after your pet properly please see the pet care section on the RSPCA website or contact the RSPCA at 0300 1234 555

Five Children's Centre is hosting a new parent and toddler playgroup especially designed for Polish families in the area. If you're getting bored at home or finding it difficult to keep your toddler entertained and stimulated this is a good setting for you and your toddler to socialise.

This parent and toddler group is an informal setting where Polish parents and their children come to have fun. There is also an educational programme involving guest speakers to improve their health and well-being and it is an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Groups are held every Thursday between 11.00 am-1.00 pm and are set up and organised by Liverpool Primary Care Trust's Social Inclusion Team. The aim is to engage the Polish community to empower them to take responsibility for their health.

Contact Justyna Szczyrbowska, Health Link Worker for more details on 0151 296 7441 or 07920 232 882.

Click here to see the above announcement in Polish or here to download a word document in Polish.

Children at the Play & Stay today enjoyed making models using boxes and other containers. What fun we had exploring the use of glue, scissors and cellotape. We also enjoyed playing with jigsaws and bricks with one little boy producing his own train with two empty boxes.

The children also made their own bird food using peanuts and lard which they mixed together and once set they were hung out for the birds to enjoy.

Group activities such as Stay & Play provide a range of benefits for children and parents alike, promoting social and communication skills, experiencing new activities (like our messy play area) and taking part in organised events and trips.

The next such trip will be a visit to China Town where we will see the Chinese arch, shop at the Chinese supermarket and enjoy a Chinese meal!

2009 has been an interesting year for us here at Five. We began the year on a bit of a low with the closure of our STEC café and Middlefield crèche. As the year progressed we were very proud to have Jamie Carragher as our guest of honour to open our brand new Can Cook Studio at the Matchworks site in Garston. The Studio has had many visitors and many of the parents benefitting from our cookery training courses have reported back that it has changed their attitude to cooking. Make it your New Year resolution to get your family healthier and book on one of our courses.

We were successful in achieving a lottery bid through the Local Food Programme so we can now take our Can Cook work mobile and link it with other aspects of our community development work. This will also allow us to employ a community gardener in the New Year who will work with parents and children who are keen to grow their own fruit and vegetable, so keep an eye out for our Food Domes landing soon at a spot near you!

We completed a Self Evaluation for Ofsted on our children centre work and were delighted that our Local authority was in agreement with our judgements particularly when they agreed that our work in the community is outstanding. Our team continues to work hard at improving all areas of our service delivery.

Our childcare has seen many improvements over the last year, with some capital funding from the Local Authority we have been able to improve both the indoor and outdoor space particularly focusing on encouraging more independent play for the children. This has all been backed up by a review of all policy and procedure supported by our teacher Sarah Lake and Suzy Stacey Head Teacher for Stockton Wood School.

The Parent Mentors continue to be extremely proactive in the community. They have implemented some new programmes of work throughout the year including our successful Eat and Play following requests from parents for evening activity and also our family forums which give people the opportunity to have their say in the community. The Family Conference this year was held in Parklands and maintained its excellent track record; feedback from all workshops attended by parents was very encouraging as was feedback from all our partner agencies who took part. The Parent Mentors have also continued to provide an invaluable outreach service to parents in the community.

Our work with young people has gone from strength to strength and in addition to Youthpoint the Can Cook team are now working with 16 secondary schools and youth groups across South Liverpool. Youthpoint has continued to deliver a service for young people in Speke and Garston and we were successful in achieving our own PAYP funding for 2 years; we continue to seek out other funding opportunities to improve services to young people. Successes have included our Tackling Racism work, popular holiday programme and the launch of a new self esteem programme "Blossom"

An end of year highlight for us was our success in winning a £10K prize from the Morgan Foundation for "Best Entrepreneurial Charity 2009" and as we begin 2010 we are confident that we will continue to further grow our services through our social enterprise activity.

Susan Roberts