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Waterloo & Thornton Children's Centre

Sefton Children's Centres provide a range of activities for families with children under five years of age. Services offered include child & family health care, such as antenatal and postnatal care, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Most centres run babies health clubs, activities such as baby massage or yoga and also offer access to specialist services such as speech and language therapy, or help for children with additional needs. There are various play opportunities for families to enjoy together, for example, arts & crafts, song and rhymetime, toy library and outdoor fun.

Parents seeking work or training can access specialist advice and support. We're also here to provide information, advice and support on family and parenting issues - anything from postnatal depression to sleep routines, toddler tantrums or domestic violence.

Activities change regularly so please give us a call on 0151 928 6539.

Thornton Children's Centre
Stannifield Drive, Thornton L23 4TF
0151 934 4991

Who to contact

Contact Name
Anni Quinn
Contact Position
Centre Manager
Waterloo:0151 928 6539
Thornton:0151 934 4991

Where to go

Crosby Road North
L22 0LD

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Other Details


Age Ranges
From 0 years to 5 years

Local Offer


Within Waterloo Children’s Centre our Thornton site deliver specialist support to families with children with additional needs.

During term time families can access the following services:-

Little Owls – an after school stay & play session for the whole family until the child is 8 years old.

SEN sensory drop in sessions – The centre have a large specialist equipped sensory room for families to access and let their children explore the multi-sensory environment.

Training sessions including – ASD awareness, Behaviour management, Behaviour support for siblings, Sensory Awareness, Stepping Stones parenting course and Sleep workshops.

Sensory Loaning Library – there are many items for families to loan before they decide to invest in specialist equipment such as ear defenders, weighted blankets, weighted lap pads, weighted neck wraps, weighted vests and fleeces. There are also a variety of sensory toys available to loan.

Sefton Carers are based within the centre 2 days a week and work closely with SEN Family Development Worker are available for home joint visits, 1:1 support, to support families at meetings and for advice, guidance and support.

During the Summer school holidays Thornton site is an identified centre to offer families with a child under 6 years short break respite sessions. The sessions are run for 3 hours and families can leave their child and have a break from their caring role. Trips are also organised for the whole family to attend with support from centre staff. There are dedicated stay & play sessions for children with additional needs.

The Children's Centres support the Aiming High Family Fun days during school holidays. We provide age appropiate activities.


Sensory drop-in - a multi-sensory experience for children with additional needs - Call Children's Centre as booking is required.

Sefton Carers Advice and support - For families with children with additional needs - Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am (Term - time)

Little Owls After School Club - For children with additional needs and their families to come along and play - Open to siblings upto 8 years old - Wednedays 3:30 - 5:30pm

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years