This page serves to document all our archived news articles for 2015. Please note all content and images are ©Five Children and Families Trust.

Many people will have heard that Speke Children Centre will remain open; that's great news for the area but people need to be aware that this still seriously impacts services in the Speke community.

It has been reported that 10 centres will close; the reality is 19 Centres in total will shut their doors on 1st January 2016.

The reach area for Speke Children Centre will extend to include Garston, Hunts Cross, Cressington, Mossley Hill and St Michaels wards.

No one wants to see cuts to services and we appreciate the tensions created by Government Cuts to local authorities; however the cuts to Children Centres have been disproportionate to the overall funding reduction across the city.

We are a statutory service and despite a commitment to reduce statutory funding by 25% and discretionary funding by 50% Local Councillors agreed a budget to reduce Children Centre funding by 72%.

Decisions to close 50% of the city's libraries have been reversed as a result of a public outcry please make your voice heard in the following ways:

The local authority plans to reorganise Liverpool SureStart Children Centres due to a significant reduction in Central Government funding.

What they propose to do and what it really means:
Retain a minimum of two thirds of our staff At least 63 jobs will be lost
Have at least seven registered Children's Centres Close 19 registered Children's Centres
Provide an outreach service to support families Services will be so stretched vulnerable families could be missed

Community Consultation Meeting
A community consultation meeting will be held at Parklands CLC (opposite SHL offices) on 13th March 2015 at 1.00 - 2.30pm.

If you are unable to attend you can email you views to

This meeting is open to ALL members of our community regardless of your age or if you have young children.

If you require help to enable you to attend please contact us on 0151-486 9719.

Other ways you can help:

Every year, millions of children are injured in and around the home, and tragically, thousands of these children die. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in a matter of seconds.

Nationwide Insurance recently ran it's 'Make it Happen' child safety commercial at the Super Bowl in Arizona. A child explains in the advertisement that he can't grow up and accomplish all of the things he wants to because he died in an accident as a young boy.

Apart from the powerful message this video clips give there is also some really important information about keeping your child safe in the home.

In America you can download this as an app but unfortunately this isn't yet available in the UK. You can however visit the Make it Safe website where all this information is freely available.

Please click on the link below and take a few minutes to read through these safety tips. If you have a child living in your house it's your responsibility to do your best to keep them safe.

Here's the commercial in question:

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On 18 March 2015 we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation. With that aim in mind, please take a moment to join the NWG Thunderclap

You're probably asking: "What is Thunderclap?" Well it's a new website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook message all on the same day at the same time – in order for our message to have a zero tolerance to the abuse of children through sexual exploitation achieve the maximum effect.

Click this link and chose either "support with Twitter" or "support with Facebook" – or both.

Then, add your name to the Thunderclap and, on March 18th (National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day), everyone that has signed up will automatically post on Facebook and Twitter a link to our cause.

The Listen to my Story campaign has been developed by Merseyside Police, local councils and third sector agencies throughout the Merseyside area to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in our communities and to educate young people, parents/carers, teachers, health professionals and service industry workers as to the signs and vulnerabilities of CSE.

Organisations involved in this campaign:

Thank you to staff and parents from Five Children Centre, and all centres across Liverpool, for supporting the Hands around Cunard Rally. We had a fantastic turnout which was supported by Mickie and Minnie Mouse and the team from Frozen.

The Rally went ahead on 28th February 2015 despite the Mayor, Joe Anderson, agreeing to delay proposals to close 17 Children Centre sites until 2017.

The Mayor has expressed a personal commitment to Children Centres and has agreed to use the city's reserves to match fund contributions from the Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool Mutual Homes and High Needs Block Funding (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

We continued with our protest to show our own local council how passionate parents are about their centres, and to protest the unfair cuts that our City has faced. We are one of the most deprived cities in England yet we have received one of the biggest cuts to Local Authority Funding.

Despite the reprieve we still face quite significant challenges across Liverpool to maintain high levels of service delivery.

Where there are vacancies within centres, the Local authority plans to delete posts, all Centres will have to reduce their individual Centre running costs by 58% and to make other savings as appropriate. They are also reducing the budget for central support services.

There is an expectation from the Local Authority that Centres will be able to generate their own income to maintain existing services. This may mean making charges for some services, making better use of our buildings by renting out rooms or applying for other grants.

We have two years to develop a plan to make sure that Liverpool continues to invest in its Children Centres and parents across Speke and Liverpool remain committed to continuing to lobby all Political Parties about the importance and value of Children Centres in communities.

Any planned events will be posted on our Facebook and the save Liverpool Children Centres Facebook pages.

We currently have a vacancy for a Preschool Childcare Practitioner. Here are the details:

Job Title: Preschool Childcare Practitioner
Employer: Five Children & Families Trust
Contact Name: Kit Lynch
Contact Tel: 0151 486 9719
Contact Email:

Type: Teaching & Learning
Phase: N/A
Grade: Minimum Level 3
Salary: Dependant on grade and experience
Contract Term: Fixed term
Contract Type: Full-time, Term time only

About the School

Five Nursery is situated in the centre of Speke. We offer a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children from birth to 4+ years, to develop skills and learning through positive play experiences.

About the Role

The role is for a preschool practitioner to work within the EYFS guidelines in promoting a positive, safe and stimulating environment, and to observe, plan and evaluate children's development, providing fun experiences to support all round learning.

NB: Although the position is fixed term, it could possibly lead to a permanent position in the future.

Personal Qualities

We are looking for someone who is dedicated to children's well being, who can take the initiative but work well in a small team. Preferably the successful candidate will have preschool experience, but an enthusiastic practitioner will be considered.

How to Apply

Please ring if you wish an application form to be sent out. Applications can be sent via email or in person by calling into the Centre.

Closing Date: Friday 11th December 2015
Short Listing Date: Monday 14th December 2015
Interview Date: Thursday 17th December 2015

Recruitment Documents

Job Description: Download Document
Application Form: Download Document