This page serves to document all our archived news articles for 2016. Please note all content and images are ©Five Children and Families Trust.

If you are a parent with a child under 5 years old and registered at one of Liverpool Children's Centres, you will be eligible to attend our free courses. We are offering functional English and Maths courses here at the Centre each Tuesday evening from 4.30 – 8.30 or Wednesday morning 8.30 – 2.30 – whichever time suits best.

The first week will be an introduction to Geraldine the course tutor who will help to develop a personal learning plan based on your individual requirements. This will enable us to put together the right mix of learning for you, meaning you'll be starting from what you know.

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then look no further we're here to help. The course will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life.

We'll support you at every stage of your learning. Before you start, we'll find out why and what you want to learn and suggest which of our courses are best for you. During the course, Geraldine your course tutor will be there to give you regular support and advice.

Because we want to suit individual learners, there's no real end or start date so don't worry if you can't make the first week. Just take that first step and give us a call on 486 9719

You may have noticed the new signage in the Centre and wondered what was happening. Don't worry, the Children's Centre isn't going anywhere.

It just means that the Women's hospital is increasing their local services.

This means that soon midwives and other medical staff will be available at the Centre five days a week instead of the usual Tuesday and Wednesday.

The satellite ante natal service has been a real advantage to hundreds of women over the years.

Not only for women in Speke but also for those travelling from further afield like Runcorn and Warrington, cutting their travelling time by half.

This new development also ties in nicely with our plans to build on our own work with new parents and very young babies from April 2016....

All in all 2016 looks to be exciting time for the Children's Centre.

After the joys of Christmas, January feels like a long month and the time that many people realise that they're struggling to keep on top of their finances

However, the New Year brings with it new starts and the perfect time for setting resolutions to deal with any financial problems that you may have.

Speke Advice Service is promoting Debt Awareness Week. As part of this campaign advisors will be available for drop in sessions, in the Children's Centre on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 10.00 - 2.00.

If you have money problems and would like to pop in to talk a specialist debt advisers then please call in for a coffee and a chat.


Your child will be eligible for a free place if you are in receipt of the following benefits:

Your child may also be eligible for a place if she or he:

In addition, your child may be offered a place if you have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order.

For more information call the Parent Champions Team on 0151 233 4747.

We currently have two Nursery Vacancies Level 3 or above (term time only). Here are the details:

Job Title: Childcare Practitioners Level 3 or above (term time only x 2 posts)
Employer: Five Children & Families Trust
Contact Name: Kit Lynch/Alison Arends
Contact Tel: 0151 486 9719
Contact Email:

Five Children and Families Trust Nursery are currently recruiting qualified childcare practitioners (Level 3 or above) to join our Preschool provision.

Five are seeking an enthusiastic team member who is passionate about delivering quality childcare and making a positive difference in the lives of children.

Five Children and Families Trust is a dynamic forward thinking independent charity providing services to the community.

We support our staff through training and development to provide excellent childcare. You will be given the opportunity to develop your skills within the EYFS framework, and develop professionally to achieve your full potential.

If you would like to be part of Five, please telephone for an application form and job description.

Five Children and Families Trust practice safe recruitment. The position is subject to a full enhanced DBS. We are committed to equal opportunities and all applicants for jobs will receive equal treatment irrespective of their race, gender, racial origin, marital status, age, sexuality, religious beliefs, disability or employment status.

For an application pack please phone Alison or Kit on 0151 486 9719 or email .

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th May 2016 - interviews will be conducted as soon as possible after this date.

We currently have vacancies for Childcare Practitioners [Level 3] (term time only). Here are the details:

Job Title: Level 3 Childcare Practitioners (term time only)
Employer: Five Children & Families Trust
Contact Name: Kit Lynch/Pauline Coventry
Contact Tel: 0151 486 9719
Contact Email:

Five Nursery is looking to recruit qualified Level 3 Childcare Practitioners.

We are looking to expand our provision for 2/3/4 year olds. These positions will be term time only, with salaries paid pro rata.

For 3 & 4 year olds –experienced practitioners would be beneficial.

For 2 year olds – applications from experienced and newly qualified practitioners.

If you would like to apply please request an application pack from Kit Lynch or Pauline Coventry 0151 486 9719 or email .

When emailing please state if you would prefer your pack electronically or in the post.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th September 2016.

A new childcare offer is coming – get ready!

Over the course of this Parliament the government is introducing a new childcare offer to support working families. This will help in three different ways::

Tax-Free Childcare
This scheme will be available to working parents of children aged under 12, or under 17 for disabled children. It will provide support of up to £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children) towards childcare costs.

The government will gradually introduce Tax-Free Childcare to families from early 2017, with parents of the youngest children able to apply first.

Parents will be able to open an online Childcare Account, pay money into it and get a top-up from the government. For every £8 that a parent pays into the account, the government will pay in an additional £2.

What does this mean for you?
We'll be inviting childcare providers to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare from September 2016. Don't miss out. It's in your interest to sign up, as parents can only use Tax-Free Childcare to pay childcare providers who have signed up.

Get ready now – don't delay - we recommend that you get your information together now, ready to sign up.

What to do next:
Check that your regulator has your latest business address and email address.

This is important, because we need this information to send you an invitation to sign up.

If you're running your own business, check that you have your business's ten-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) as you'll need this to sign up. You can find this on tax returns or other communications from HM Revenue and Customs. If you're employed as a nanny, and don't have a UTR, then you'll need your National Insurance number.

Look out for your invitation letter from September. Please keep it safe, as it will contain your ‘user ID' and tell you how to sign up. You'll be able to sign up as soon as you've received your invitation – we'll be inviting childcare providers to sign up in September and October.

For more information on Tax-Free Childcare go to:

We are about to go live with our brand new sensory room which was officially opened by Lynnie Hinnigan, the Mayoral Lead Councillor for Children and Young People.

The room will be used by children attending our nursery and will benefit all children, especially children who may have neuro-sensory processing disorders.

It's an extremely relaxing area but it's not just about chilling out, sensory rooms have a wide range of benefits which include:

We will also be running some of children centre activity from the room to make sure it is used by the wider community.

We would like to thank the DHL Foundation who provided £10,000 to develop the room through their "Transform It" fund.

Special thanks go to Geoff, Billy and Charlie who work for DHL Automotives at Renaissance Way. They are absolutely committed to the community and regularly support the centre.

They have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks refurbishing our beach play area and an old office to make it all happen.

We are delighted with the new sensory area and the brand new multifunctional space that will support us to deliver more activities for children and babies.

We had an unexpected large and somewhat furry visitor at the Childrens Centre yesterday when the Gruffalo popped in to see us during our story time session.

Later on, the children had lots of fun with a series of Gruffalo-related arts and crafts activities.

Don't forget: our Bringing Stories Alive continues this week with "Room on the Broom" on Thursday afternoon and "Owl Babies" on Friday from 1.00 – 2.30.



Five is looking for a qualified Childcare Practitioner, to work full time (37 and a half hours per week) to cover maternity leave on a 12 month contract.

If you are a keen, enthusiastic practitioner, who believes every child deserves the very highest standard of care and education, then we are looking for you.

(The post could become a permanent position).

If you wish to apply, please either phone Kit Lynch on 0151 486 9719 or email and state whether you would like a postal application form or are happy to receive an application form by email.