SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! August 2020

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:


  • Lead Deputy Children’s Centre Manager
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner x 3
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 26th August 2020

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

SureStart Children’s Centres Summer Family activities

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Have a look at the fantastic family activities we have available at our centres over the summer—Please remember you must book your place in advance!
All our activities have been risk assessed and are compliant with the latest government guidelines surrounding social distancing, more information will be provided to you when booking.
If you would like to book a picnic alongside the activity please do this when you make your booking. Instructions of how to book are given beside each activity.
Alongside the activity and picnic you will receive a goodie bag containing a recipe card and ingredients to make a delicious, nutritious family meal with at home!
This is the list of the available activities for Lower Valley.
Please note, the online form is not available at the minute. To book a course or for more information on a course you’re interested in, please ring the number provided next to the course.

Grow Big Family learning movie – Make your own Play Dough!

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We’re excited to be able to share with you a web link to our first family learning movie. We decided to go with a firm favourite – play dough.

This movie is for the families who have received the free Grow Big goody bags but it uses basic household ingredients so we hope many more families will watch it too and experience the benefits of sensory play.


The movie can also be accessed via our Facebook and YouTube channels (links at the bottom of our home page –

We’d welcome feedback from both families and staff.

More movies to follow in September.

Time Out helpline for 10 – 19 year old now even more accessible

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Time Out, the Healthy Minds helpline for 10 to 19 year old children and young adults now offers a text service.

This number comes in addition to their existing helpline.

By texting this number, you can request an appointment or a callback to discuss your concerns in an understanding, confidential way.

The number to text is 07418 311736

You can still ring 01422 345154 on Wednesday between 1pm – 4pm to speak to somebody over the phone.

More information:
Project Time Out:
Healthy Minds:

The Cricket Asylum foundation free Summer Activity Camps

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The Cricket Asulym foundation will be running free summer activity camps aimed at 7 to 11 year old children.

There will be fun Cricket games and activities, run by qualified coaches. Food will be provided.

Children who are eligible for free school meals can access a wider range of Cricket coaching camps throughout the summer holidays.

Although the activities are free to access, it is advised you book as places may be limited.

For more information visit The Cricket Asylum Foundation

To book or find out more
phone: 07775 614370

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – Silly Squad with Calderdale Libraries!

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Join the Silly Squad online! Take part in the Summer reading challenge, play games, earn points and unlock badges to show your progress!

The Challenge is open from now until September.
There are lots of fun activities and prizes to encourage children to love reading.

To join in the fun, visit: Silly Squad summer reading challenge.

For this challenge, children can still borrow from Calderdale Libraries online, see: eBooks, eAudio books, eMagazines and eComics.

And have fun!

The Youth System – Summer Holiday Club for boys and girls aged 5-13

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The Youth club is a holiday club based at Forest Cottage in Ovenden, in association with the OSCA foundation, running through the Summer 2020 break, for children aged 5 – 13 years of age.

The Youth System dates are from 20th July to 7th of August.

Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 16.00, open to both girls and boys at a competitive rate of £13 per day.

Due to the Government Coronavirus guidelines, the numbers are strictly limited so apply early.



Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8AD
Enquiries and bookings: or 07568 263435

Safeguarding Week 22 – 28 June : VSI Newsflash announcement

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


Each day of Safeguarding Week 2020 focuses on different subjects/themes. Tuesday’s focus: Domestic Abuse and impact on children; Peer on peer abuse; Stalking, Controlling and Coercive Behaviour; Reducing Parental Conflict.

There is a dedicated Safeguarding Week 2020 webpage on the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership/Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board’s website ( where you can find resources and events for each day’s themes and subjects. Please note, these materials will only be available on the CSAB/CSCP website for a week (22nd to 28th June). Please make sure you make full use of them whilst they are available.

The rest of the week’s topics:

  • Wednesday – ACE’s; Transitions
  • Thursday – Online Safety; Scams and Exploitation
  • Friday – Promoting Resilience; Promoting Emotional Health and Well-being

You can also view Monday’s themes: ‘Safeguarding is Everyone Responsibility; Kindness’ and other resources.



If you would like to provide information for inclusion in the VSI e-updates, please e-mail Jake Farrar:

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! June 2020

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:



  • Lead Deputy Children’s Centre Manager
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner x 3
  • Community Early Years Practitioner Plus
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus x 2
  • Early Years Practitioner x 2
  • Advanced Administrator
  • Projects Administrator


Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 3rd July 2020

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

Safer streets around schools

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Posted on 10/06/2020 by Calderdale Council


Streets around Calderdale schools are set to become safer, healthier and more pleasant for everyone.

Calderdale Council is working with schools to encourage more active ways for children and young people to get to and from school, such as walking and cycling.

From Monday 15 June, roads outside 14 Calderdale schools will be closed to cars and other motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. No vehicles will be allowed on certain streets at these times for up to six weeks, as the Council is using its powers to transform the streets into temporary pedestrian and cycle zones. There will be controlled access for residents’ vehicles, deliveries, emergency and utility vehicles.

The new restrictions are part of the national School Streets(external link) community-based approach, aiming to reduce car usage and air pollution, promote walking and cycling and boost road safety, health and wellbeing.

This supports the Council’s ongoing work to tackle the climate emergency, improve air quality and become the most active borough in the North by 2024 through the Active Calderdale movement.

Introducing traffic restrictions around schools at busy drop-off and pick-up times has been a long-standing plan for the Council, and was successfully trialled at Field Lane Primary School in Rastrick to support Clean Air Day in June 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward the rollout as part of the recovery and rebuilding to ensure a safe future for everyone, including safe education, safe transport and safe spaces.

Everyone, including those travelling to and from school, is urged to keep a safe two-metre distance from other people, to protect each other and help reduce the spread of the virus.

Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said:

“We are determined to give Calderdale’s children and young people the best possible start in life. A key part of this is to protect them from dangerous air pollution and help families to make healthy and sustainable travel choices. Recently we have enjoyed the many benefits of fewer vehicles on our roads. The School Streets scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and create a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for everyone.


“As the coronavirus will be with us for some time, building a safe future remains paramount. Our School Streets will support social distancing rules, safe spaces, safe transport and a safe education.”

Parents, carers and nearby residents and businesses are being contacted directly about the new restrictions. There will be signs in place on site and school staff will be there to provide information, engage with people and ensure compliance with the rules, taking social distancing into account.

The effectiveness of School Streets will be monitored and the feedback will inform future rollout decisions.

These are the 14 schools where the new restrictions will apply as of Monday 15 June, from Monday to Friday on the following roads and at the following times:

  • Abbey Park Academy, Illingworth – Keighley Close, 8.15am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Beech Hill School, Halifax – Mount Pleasant Avenue, 8.20am – 9.05am and 2.40pm – 3.25pm
  • Bradshaw Primary School, Halifax – Ingham Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick – Burnsall Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.40pm
  • Northowram Primary School, Northowram – Baxter Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 3pm – 3.45pm
  • Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge – Holme Street, 8am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • St Augustine’s CE (VA) J and I School, Halifax – driveway closed 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Chad’s CE Primary Academy, Brighouse – Finkil Street, 8.15am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Portland Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm
  • St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Academy, Todmorden – Wellington Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Illingworth – Furness Place, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.15pm
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Swires Road, 8.45am – 9.30am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Wainstalls School, Halifax – Wainstalls Road, 8.30am – 9.10am and 3pm – 3.40pm
  • Withinfields Primary School, Southowram – Withinfields, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Improving air quality, protecting the borough’s distinctive environment and making it more resilient is fundamental to the Vision2024 for Calderdale.

For more information about School Streets, visit link) To find out more about Active Calderdale, head to and follow @ActiveCdale on Twitter