Services and contacts

COVID-19 - temporary changes to our services


All Starting Well Children’s Centres are open via appointment only contacts. You are able to contact the service and speak to someone directly by calling any of our Duty Teams.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice and support – we are here to help.

We are available via the following Duty Teams:

Available Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed on bank holidays)

Blacon Children's Centre - 01244 397412 

Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre - 0151 4888036

Wharton Children’s Centre - 01606 555285


We are offering the majority of our services; some in a different format due to Covid 19 restrictions.

We are delivering face to face contacts, including home visits along with Children’s Centre appointments for Open Advice Clinics.

We are offering virtual contacts via video or telephone and are running some small groups as guidelines allow.

The Starting Well website offers advice and support that we are adding to regularly. Please take a look to see if there is useful information for you.

You will find play ideas and videos to support parents caring for young children, especially during these challenging times.

The website offers additional advise and support in relation to mental health, both for parents and also children and young people.

Our Nurses are available to provide advice and support for all ages of children and especially our High School aged young people in relation to their emotional health and wellbeing.

Our immunisation service for school aged children is being delivered in school with catch up clinics in our Children’s Centres. If you have any queries about immunisations please contact our team on: 01244 397470 or email


Open Advice Clinic, Including Infant Feeding Support

Clinics are available to book via the the duty desk and weighing facilities are available at all venues, please see below.

Chester and Rural:

Blacon Children's Centre
Lache  Children's Centre
Frodsham Children's Centre

Ellesmere Port and Neston:

Stanlaw Abbey Children's Centre
Portside Children's Centre
Neston Clinic (Mellock Lane)

Northwich and Winsford

Over Children's Centre
Wharton Children's Centre
Victoria Road Children's Centre


Lets Play

Early Years Workers are available through duty to support you with play activities whilst at home and have created 5 videos to support early play and development. Please visit

If you interested in trying something new, the Starting Well Service provide a toy lending library with bags containing a variety of play items. Due to COVID-19 all bags are quarentined and cleaned between each use. 

To access our toy libary please contact your local duty team and ask to speak to an Early Years Worker.

Coming soon...

Group video calls offering Sing and Sign time.


When attending any Children's Centre appointment

  • Visitors and their households must be free from COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Entrances are locked, please ring the bell and wait for assistance.
  • You will be asked to wear a face cover and sanitise your hands.
  • Staff will be wearing personal protective equiptment (PPE).
  • QR Codes are available for you to scan using NHS track and trace app.



We've added some dedicated resources to help support your emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus period. Try them here.

Children's Centre timetables have been temporarily removed from the website.


For information about COVID-19 please visit:


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS 


Useful links:

Activities @Home

Digital Leaflets

Breastfeeding Support

COVID-19 Resources