There are six children’s centres in Warrington that offer a variety of play based learning activities for young children (aged 0-5, and up to 10) and their families.

We offer a variety of play and development opportunities, childcare, health advice and guidance, family support and parenting advice. With a particular focus on the most disadvantaged families, children’s centres aim to work with families to reduce inequalities in child development and school readiness.

Services are regularly reviewed and developed in each area to meet the needs of local families.

Children’s centre services may include:

  • crèches to support adult education and respite for family support
  • adult education courses to gain qualifications and skills
  • antenatal and post-natal care, including midwifery sessions (parent craft, rolling programme), health visitor advice, baby massage
  • advice from a range of professionals such as Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), health visitors, family support workers, parent partnership
  • safe-buy scheme – safety equipment for the home at excellent prices
  • volunteering opportunities
  • stay and play sessions for parents/carers and their children

The core purpose of children’s centres is to improve outcomes for young children and their families and reduce inequalities between families in greatest need and their peers in:

Parenting aspirations, self-esteem and parenting skills

We help you build on your strengths and support aspirations so that you are able to give your child the best start in life.

Family health and life chances

We promote good physical and mental health for children and their families and support parents/carers to improve the skills that will enable you to access education, training and employment.


We work with parents and carers to address risk factors so that children and families are safe, free from poverty and able to improve both their immediate wellbeing and future life chances.

Participation in the service is through a registration process operated directly by centres and promoted by partner organisations.

Families are encouraged to register and access services at their most local centre, as each centre is designed to meet the needs of those living in its immediate community and is measured by results.


Details of each children’s centre and their opening times.

Opening times are subject to change, so you may wish to contact your nearest centre before attending.

The Orchard Children's Centre, Hilden Road, WA2 0JP

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

For children under five years old and their parents and carers.

All services are free of charge.

Email or call 01925 443444.

More information about The Orchard Children's Centre.

Sandy Lane Children's Centre, Sandy Lane, Orford, WA2 9HY

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

For children under five years old and their parents and carers.

All services are free of charge.

Email or call 01925 946480

More information about Sandy Lane Children's Centre.

Sunshine Children's Centre, O'Leary Street, WA2 7RQ

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm

For parents and carers and their families, from prenatal to school age.

Call 01925 443920.

More information about Sunshine Children's Centre.

Westy Children's Centre, Tinsley Street, Latchford, WA4 1RE

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm

For children between 0-5 years old and their parents and carers.

Call 01925 443920.

More information about Westy Children's Centre


Great Sankey Children's Centre, Liverpool Road, WA5 1SB

For children aged between 0-5 years old and parents, carers and families.

Email or call 01925 446244.

More information on Great Sankey Children's Centre


Little Stars Children's Centre, Boulting Avenue, Dallam, WA5 0JG

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

For children aged 0-5 years old and their families.

Call 01925 446244.

More information Little Stars Children's Centre

Children's centre strategy

Our children's centre strategy sets out our plans over the next three years for how we will work with partner organisations, children and families within our early help services.

Early years strategy

Our early years strategy is the overarching strategy that encompasses Warrington’s statutory duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Childcare Act 2006. It champions the vision for improving outcomes for our youngest children.