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Allerdale North

The Family Place, 10/12 Wampool Place, Wigton, CA7 9SA View Map >

T. 016973 43870

North Allerdale Children's Centre serves a large rural area. The main centre is based in the market town of Wigton located in one main building on the Greenacres housing estate. There are 2 linked centres that are manned part time. One is in the market town of Aspatria surrounded by local amenities, the other is located in the coastal town of Silloth adjacent to both the primary and secondary schools. There are twelve other venues which are used for services to enable us to provide continuous provision for the wider community.

The centre in Wigton opened as a Barnardo's project in October 2000 which worked in partnership with the mini Sure Start programme since it's introduction in 2003. In 2008 the Family Place in Wigton became North Allerdale Children's Centre where Barnardo's continue to deliver services. The refurbished Aspatria centre and purpose built Silloth children's centre opened in 2008.

The day to day management and provision of service delivery at North Allerdale Children's Centre and link centres is the responsibility of Barnardo's as part of a three year contract awarded by Cumbria County Council in April 2008.

All year round there is a wide range of services available from the 3 Centres and community venues across North Allerdale. Services include family support, drop in sessions, training, crèche, toy library, breastfeeding support, baby massage, mini movers, family fun sessions and childminder support. The centre is open 9-5 most days with closure of one week over the Xmas period.

North Allerdale Children's Centre has a sessional pre-school within the building of Wigton, and is Ofsted registered to provide early education and care for 20 children aged from 2 - 5 years per session. The pre-school was last inspected in 2007. Childcare is provided by Barnardo's for families who need it to allow them to attend courses. Wherever possible it is housed within our well equipped under 5's room at the children's centres, although occasionally there is a greater need for childcare than the size of the childcare rooms allow. Therefore external childcare is sought; this includes local day care providers and childminders.

The centres have close links with Health, Social Care, Job Centre Plus and local schools. Although none of the agencies work directly from the centres, information and services are available from the centres including a web based parent information point. Extended Service Advisors operate from the Aspatria centre.

Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Regular Activities and Timetable


Preschool Monday 9.15am - 12.15pm Wigton Children's Centre


Tiny Sports Monday 10.00am - 11.00am Wigton Market Hall (14 Nov - 5 Dec)


Baby Massage Monday 1.30pm - 2.30pm Aspatria CC (19 Sept - 17 Oct)


Creepy Crawlers Monday 1.30pm - 2.30pm        Silloth CC (19 Sept - 10 Oct)


Mini Movers     Monday 1.30pm - 2.30pm St Matthews, West Newton (19 Sept - 17 Oct)


Baby Massage Monday 1.30pm - 2.30pm Silloth CC (7 Nov - 5 Dec)


Cooking Club   Monday 1.00pm - 3.00pm Aspatria CC (7 Nov - 5 Dec)


Preschool Tuesday 9.15am - 12.15pm Wigton Children's Centre


Bumps to 4 Tuesday 1pm - 2.30pm Wigton Children's Centre


Money Matters Tuesday 1-3pm Silloth CC (coming soon)


Preschool Wednesday 9.15am - 12.15pm Wigton Children's Centre


Stay & Play      Wednesday 10 - 11.30am Market Hall, Wigton  (14 Sept - 14 Dec. No service 26 Oct)


Storytime Wednesday 10.45am - 11.45am Bowness Preschool ( 2 - 30 Nov)


Tots n Toddlers Wednesday 10 - 11.30am Silloth Children's Centre (starting 14 September)


Dudy Gang Wednesday 4-5pm Wigton Children's Centre (starting 28 Sept)


Preschool Thursday 9.15am - 12.15pm Wigton Children's Centre


Preschool Friday 9.15am - 12.15pm Wigton Children's Centre


Weaning Party Friday 10 - 11.30am      Silloth Children's Centre (16 Sept) Wigton Low Moor Church Hall (14 Oct) Aspatria Children's Centre (11 Nov) Silloth Children's Centre (9 Dec)


Dad's Group Saturday 10 - 11.30am Wigton Children's Centre (24 Sept, 29 Oct & 17 Dec) Silloth CC (26 Nov)


Toy Library Resources Orders taken daily Wigton Children's Centre - 016973 49555


Holiday Activities 24 - 28 October Call Wigton Children's Centre - 016973 49555 for information


These services do not need to be pre-booked. All the others contact your local Children's Centre to book a place.

Barnardo's believes in children, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Registered Charity Nos: 216250 and SC037605