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Howgill Family Centre

Catherine Street

North Whitehaven Sure Start Children`s Centre is situated in Catherine Street opposite the Council Buildings. We take children from their 2nd birthday until the time they start school. We provide the Nursery Education Grant for three and four year olds from the term after their 3rd birthday.


We work to the Early Years Foundations Stage which covers children from 0 to 5. Your child can access their 5 Nursery Education Grant sessions either over 5 mornings or afternoons or over 2 and a half days. We also offer wrap around care so your child can stay all day if you wish. Our ratios are 1 adult to 4 children for 2 year olds and 1 adult to 8 children for 3 and 4 year olds, although we often have more adults available. We can in some cases offer one to one support for children with additional needs.