Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We want to assure you that we're still here for you.

We're continuing to follow Government guidance and measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children, families, volunteers and staff.

As of 8th March 2021, we are currently offering nursery and afterschool club to all children and families who already use our service.

For the time being, any other centre based support services are temporarily closed but as always, we're maintaining regular contact with families using our service.

Like everyone during this time, we may have to occasionally close to follow government advice around self-isolation, but all families will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

We're also sadly unable to accept many physical donations but if you would like to support us to help families at this time, please donate online at 

To ensure everyone's safety, our staff are undergoing COVID-19 testing twice a week and parents are advised that they can pick up tests for their whole household. There is a COVID testing site on Stanley Rd where these can be picked up from. Please get in touch with us for more info.

If you have any queries or are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0151 727 1355.

Or email us at

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on Facebook ( and Twitter (@centre_56) so if you aren’t already following us, please do! 

- Claire and all the team at Centre 56

You can view our risk assessments


Guidance for domestic abuse support during lockdown:

The Government have advised that household isolation instructions as a result of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. Find out more about their guidance by visiting

To access domestic abuse support over the phone or if you need to talk to someone, the following services are available:

  • ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (freephone, open 24 hours) –
  • The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (free from landlines and mobiles within the UK) –
  • The Mix, free information and support for under 25s – 0808 808 4994 (freephone, 4pm-11pm) –
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 – Ran by Galop
  • Samaritans – 116 123 (freephone, 24/7 service) –

If it is an emergency, please call 999.

If you are unable to speak on the phone ' The silent solution' helps people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. After calling 999, dial 55 to be put through to your local police station. The call handler will ask you some simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.


For the latest health advice please visit:

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Latest Government guidance:

On 4th January 2021, the government announced a new national lockdown. The advice, regardless of where you live in England, is to stay at home. The new guidance came into effect immediately. You can find a full list of restrictions and closures in place here

On 22nd February 2021, the government announced a new four-step plan to ease lockdown restrictions. This included the reopening of school settings as of 8th March 2021 - this means our nursery and afterschool club are now open. We will continue to monitor government guidance closely.

The government has also advised that, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you must begin shielding again. The government is sending letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people. This letter is to let you know about the new guidance that will be in place.


Support with finances:

If you’re struggling to pay your bills because of coronavirus such as your council tax, rent, loans and energy bills, the Citizens Advice website offers information on what help is available to you (e.g. benefits, free school meals etc) at

For further financial advice, visit the Money Advice Service site

Last updated 08/03/2021