Posted: 14 January 2014

What we do

Our children’s centres help families in a range of different (and difficult) circumstances. Without your generosity this wouldn’t be possible. For instance, when a mother and father lost their twin son, they found support from our centre in Oldham.

Losing a child can be one of the hardest things in life to bear. Danielle and David* know this only too well, having lost one of their twins when he was just eight months old.

Although devastated by their loss, they didn’t want their surviving daughter Emily to suffer.  Given the tragic circumstances, they especially wanted her to have other children to play with, and to meet other families so she could develop and flourish.

Emily and her parents attended fun and educational sessions

One of our children’s centres in Oldham was able to help.

Over a two-year period, both Emily and her parents benefited from a host of activities and sessions that helped them to learn and to smile again.

They enjoyed baby play and sensory activities to support Emily’s learning and development and help her prepare for school. They attended a baby clinic where her health needs were addressed.

Danielle took a 12-week Early Years Foundation course to help prepare Emily for going into childcare. She also had expert tuition at home to help embed all that Emily was learning.

As both parents worked, they were helped to find childcare – it was important to know they could leave Emily in safe and professional hands.

Two years on and the change in their daughter is notable.

‘Emily is a lot more sociable now, she spends more time using the activities and doesn’t move around as much,’ says Danielle.

It was important to know they could leave Emily in safe and professional hands

She is also developing a love of books.  One night Emily said, ‘Mummy, book please.’ Now Danielle reads to her at bedtime.

‘Emily was reading the book Oh Dear to herself one morning. She was saying all the words by herself and doing the animal noises. I couldn’t believe it! She is so happy when she does this.’

After all the family has been through, it’s great to see Emily grow in a warm, nurturing environment.


*All names have been changed to protect identities.

Fighting childhood poverty through our children’s centres

We have over 40 children’s centres across England, helping families from all walks of life. The number is growing all the time. For families facing financial hardship, our centres ease the effects of poverty by supporting children to grow, learn and stay healthy. If parents are working, we supply them with high quality childcare so families can stay above the poverty line while their children thrive.

You can help

Children like Emily wouldn’t thrive without professional childcare. Help us to provide more places at our children’s centres by continuing your generous support, either via our donation page or by calling Supporter Care on 0300 303 7000.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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