The Foundation Years Trust - Parents of 0-5s

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Things to do - Whole Family

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To find out what's happening at your local Children's Centre and surrounding community, including groups and health visitor drop ins, click below for your area:
- Birkenhead Children's Centre 
- Wallasey Children's Centre 
- South & West Wirral Children's Centres

There's also some fantastic community centres on the Wirral, which run activities during term time and school holidays – why not check out Bee Wirral, St James’ Centre (photo below), Gautby Road and Carr Bridge Centre and Building Bridges

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Neo Community, based in the Beaconsfield Community House, Tranmere, have an excellent café and community food market to help prevent food insecurity in our local area. They also run free Summer holiday activities. 

On the Beechwood estate, you can visit the Little Centre, where there's a café, activities and lovely outdoor play area. 

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At Tam O'Shanter's Urban Farm in Bidston you can see a variety of animals and learn about nature and our local environment, with free entry and a great outdoor play area and cafe. Little Al’s Urban Farm in Eastham is also a great free farm where you can visit the café or feed the animals. Another great day out for the family is Backford Bells Ice Cream farm where entry is free and you just pay for your ice creams.

There are so many fantastic parks and walks on the Wirral. We asked our team which were their favourites, and this is our selection: Birkenhead Park, Vale Park, Royden Park, Ashton Park, the Wirral Way, Thurstaston, Dibbinsdale Woods, Chester Zoo Bridle Path (see some zoo animals for free), Port Sunlight River Park, and Rivacre Valley Nature Reserve.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by some great beaches on the Wirral. Our team’s favourites are New Brighton beach, the Gunsite, Leasowe Lighthouse, West Kirby, Thurstaston, Parkgate, and Hoylake beach.

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The Hungry Little Minds website also has lots of great ideas for having fun with your little ones while promoting their early development, and you can also sign up for their informative and useful fortnightly newsletter. Don't forget CBeebies for games and early years activities, or explore some simple play ideas at BBC Tiny Happy People

Finally, your local library is a great place to go on a rainy day, for children's books, story groups and events, and you can visit Wirral What’s On Guide for information on events across Wirral.

Useful Information for Parents / Carers

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CBeebies for Grown-Ups has tips and advice on how to support your child with issues such as online safety or managing their feelings.

There is a great website for dads called Dadvengers with lots of useful advice and information to support fathers on their journey through parenthood.

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Creating Careers have a great Facebook page offering advice on wellbeing and resilience, as well as employability skills workshops.

Koala North West (previously Home-Start Wirral) offer lots of support to families, including for children with complex needs, with sleep, breastfeeding and stay and play groups.

There’s also the Health Visiting Hub for useful early years support and information, and at Change4Life you can find great recipes and exercises to help your family stay healthy.

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Have you applied for your free Bookstart pack for children aged 0-12 months or 3-4 years? There's also interactive story books and book lists and lots of activities.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetimes. If you or anyone you know has been affected there is a great course locally called Leapfrog, which supports the whole family and is offered by Involve Northwest. In addition, It’s Never Okay Wirral offers support to survivors and victims of domestic abuse.

Tomorrows Women Wirral is a fantastic local organisation that provide lots of free courses to support women in making positive changes, especially those who have suffered with domestic violence, substance misuse or mental health issues.