Parents First is a holistic employment support service for parents of two, three and four year-old children who have either taken up free childcare entitlement or may do in future across Cheshire and Warrington.

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the project offers intensive one-to-one support to individuals through Employment Support Workers who are based in Children’s Centres across Warrington

The project will be delivered by Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington Local Authorities.

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How Does It Work?

Our dedicated team supports parents with issues including debt, isolation and low-level mental health issues.

What parents can gain from Parents First:

  • Leading more independent lives
  • Increased access to suitable affordable childcare support
  • Support from services in their local communities
  • Greater mental wellbeing and emotional resilience
  • Better support with parenting

Who Is Eligible For Support?

Parents First supports parents of young children who take up the free childcare entitlement as well as those who have not yet engaged with those services

Referral To The Programme

Participants can be identified primarily through support teams and can be referred directly via a number of referral partners. Partners can make direct referrals into each council’s project delivery team and individuals can also refer directly via the delivery team.


Further information

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