Children & Families

COVID-19 UPDATE

– All face to face community groups have been suspended, virtual groups are now available to book via your local Children’s Centre.

– Speech and Language measures will still take place via telephone calls, with door step visits for those who cannot be contacted by telephone.

– All short-breaks will be completed via telephone calls.

– All family support, perinatal and family outreach cases will continue to receive weekly telephone support, along with socially distanced walks and visits where required.

-There is a face to face family support drop in  now available to book via your local Children’s Centre to book a space.

-There is a face to face EU settlement session now available to book via your local Children’s Centre to book a space.

– All nurseries are now open for all registered children with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

– The fun 4 youths sessions are now virtual on a weekly basis.

-Well baby clinic are taking place face to face by booking an appointment with the Health Visitors.

-Health Visitor assessments are taking place face to face by invitation only.

***For advice and guidance on helping your children learn at home (age 2-4) during lockdown, please click here.***

Children and Families are the heart of thriving communities because when we create an environment that people want to raise their family in we boost the local economy, attract inward investment and raise the aspirations of the next generation.

Halifax Opportunities Trust has developed and delivered a range of community based services for families with young children in the Central Halifax Area for many years. In 2014 we won a contract to deliver Children’s Centres services at 11 sites throughout Calderdale from Todmorden to Siddal. We also operate 5 nurseries in the Borough, all of which have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

In 2018/19 we initiated a new way of working with mothers during pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life, known as the perinatal period, where there are increased risks to the mother’s mental health. It is our hope that this very early help will have a long term, positive impact. 28 referrals have been received for perinatal support; this involves the perinatal worker being introduced to the mother at the 34 week antenatal visit by the Health Visitor. The perinatal worker then visits the mum on a weekly basis for the rest of the pregnancy; and following the birth of the baby for as long as is required.

To find out more about our Children’s Centre’s visit our dedicated children’s centre website here.

In addition to the Children’s Centre contract that Halifax Opportunities Trust delivers, we also run a nursery on site at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre specifically aimed at children eligible for two year-old funding.