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Playmates Centre 56

We are a charity run.

* Nursery and Afterschool club for children 2 years to 12 years.

* Centre for Families Living with or fleeing Domestic Abuse. 

* We also provide support for families living in a crisis situation be it drugs, Alcohol, mental health, poor housing or feeling isolated from family and friends.

We are open all year round from 8:30 till 5:45 Monday to Friday

Nursery is open 8.30-2.30 Monday to Friday for 50 weeks a year 

Afterschool Club is open 3-5.45pm Monday Friday term time

School Holidays- we run subject to funding holiday clubs that operate 9:30 till 2:30 Monday to Friday 

We are open for 50 weeks of the year closed only over the Christmas Holidays.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Paula Graves
Contact Position
Children's support Manager

Where to go

Centre 56
Rumney Road
L4 1UB

Playmates at Centre 56 has been operating for over 45 years and has always been at the heart of the community.

Centre 56 is a  day nursery and afterschool club where children can come and play learn and develop in a safe, stimulating, caring, inclusive environment. Children are cared for by vetted and suitably qualified staff members who treat children as individuals in their own right and will encourage them to develop at their own pace and in their own time. Centre 56 provides a warm, caring and friendly environment for children who are living with or fleeing domestic abuse..  Children are free to explore and play indoors and outside, the Centre has a large secure outdoor space where children are free to play, climb, ride and run with their friends.

Other Details


Please contact provider for cost details.
Offering Tax Free Childcare.


Other notes

Our critierias are families suffering or fleeing Domestic Abuse, and families in crisis

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access
At Centre 56 we aim to be as inclusive as possible and we strongly believe that all children deserve and have the right to equality of opportunities regardless of any additional needs and or disabilities We will endeavour to make any changes/adaptions necessary that are reasonable and practical to ensure that all children are welcome at Centre 56.

Special Needs

Special Needs
Experience with
Global Developmental Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Emotional needs
Loss or Bereavement
Medical Needs
Language impairment
Learning difficulties
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Serious allergy / Anaphilaxis
Motor impairment
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Physical impairment
Downs syndrome
Visual impairment
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Challenging Behaviour
We have a level 3 trained Senco (special educational needs coordinator) The staff team have a wealth of experience and knowledge to fully help and support your child. We also care about children as individuals and will endeavour to meet your child's individual needs.

Dietary Needs

Dietary Needs
Experience with
All dietry requirements are catered for at Centre 56

Cultural Provisions

Cultural Provisions
At Centre 56 we recognise and respect diversity. We teach children to have mutual tolerance and respect for all cultures, religions, faiths and beliefs. We welcome ALL children and their families at Centre 56 and children enjoy learning about our own and other people's cultures and beliefs.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Places available immediately 2 yr old children recieve 3 full days and 3/4 yr old children recieve 4 full days all year round if crieria is met and funding agreed.
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 2:30
Tuesday 08:30 2:30
Wednesday 08:30 2:30
Thursday 08:30 2:30
Friday 08:30 2:30
Accessible Parking
Outdoor Playspace
Arts and Crafts
Parental Involvement
class rooms
Climbing Frame
Pet Fish
Private Changing Area
Dressing up
Drop-in Facilities
Quiet Room
Private Nursery Garden
Dance Sessions
Extended Services school
Educational Activites
Sand and Water Play
Healthy Eating
Songs and Rhymes
Visit & Outings
Meeting Rooms
Open Space
Out-door Play
Wrap-Around Places
Messy Play

School Pickups

Offers School Pickups
We collect from Kirkdale St Lawrence CofE Primary School

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


If your child is new to our setting then his/her progress will be assessed initially through discussions with yourselves and a starting point will determined. We always start with what the child CAN already do, children's progress is then monitored and discussed with you regularly and uploaded to our online learning journal system. We ensure children are reaching their appropriate developmental milestones using guidance from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Development matters and Birth to Five Matters documents.

If you have concerns your child is not reaching appropriate developmental milestones, we will then be able to provide appropriate support for your child if required. We are happy to liaise with any other professionals and to support you in accessing services or to signpost you to appropriate services for support.

We will always seek consent before putting any support in place for you and your family and parents will be involved in the process every step of the way. If parents have any concerns with regard to their child, they can have a discussion with their child's key carer or the settings trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and they will be able to support you and your child appropriately.

The settings SENCO receives regular updated training and attends regular consortia and cluster groups to ensure she is able to provide appropriate support to the staff team or any child or their family.

We will also liaise with any other or previous setting attended by your child including childminders, again with your consent.

  1. How will the staff in the setting support my child?

The progress of all children is monitored and reviewed regularly and shared with parents using our online learning journey system. We measure progress using; the EYFS, development matters and B25 matters assessment guidance, Learning Journals, observations, sensory play and small group work. Each child is assigned a key carer who will be responsible for liaising with parents to establish children's starting points, observing, assessing and planning appropriate and stimulating activities for the child’s age and stage of development that are based on children's individual and unique interests to support them to make progress in all areas of learning and development.

2 year progress check 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS and will include their behaviour and attitudes to learning when their child is aged between 24-36 months. The check will identify the child’s strengths and any areas where the child’s progress in their learning and development requires support.

Key carers and the settings SENCO can also support you and your family to access specialist services if required. 

  1. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?

The setting organises the key groups according to chronological age, this ensures activities are age and stage appropriate to the children within that group. The curriculum is adapted to meet a child's individual needs and interests and based on what parents have observed at home also.

  1. What specialist services and expertise can be accessed by the setting? 

We work in partnership with a number of other agencies and professionals such as the local authority and other health and social care services such as educational psychologists and speech and language therapists, health visitors, family link workers and many more health and social support services.

We attend regular consortia, cluster and training events with a range of other professionals and are able to access specialist services and support if required.

The staff team hold various qualifications from Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Masters degrees , Ba Hons and the majority of the staff team hold a level 2 qualification or above. Staff members can also support you to complete an Early Help assessment tool (EHAT) form and organise a multi agency response for your child and your family. 

All staff hold current paediatric first aid qualifications and have received training on various other subjects from speech and language development to supporting children with ASC, behaviour management and supporting children's ACES. 

All staff have received Wellcomm training which enables them to assess your child's speech, language and communication needs and provide targeted support were required. Staff can also advise and refer to specialist speech and language therapy services if required.

  1. How accessible is the setting?

The setting is wheelchair accessible. We are happy to discuss your child's individual needs and to make any reasonable adjustments necessary. We will create a care plan for your child with you and we can discuss any equipment, adjustments or training needs necessary to provide appropriate care for your child. 

  1. How will the setting support my child in transferring to the next stage of education?

We work closely with all of the local schools and beyond and have done so for quite some time. We have an effective transition policy and procedure in place and have received positive feedback from parents. We complete transition forms for each child that are shared with the child’s new setting with parental consent. We will also visit the schools with the children or invite the child’s teacher to our setting. We will also prepare the children by engaging in a number of activities and events that will help them have a stronger understanding of the changes ahead and prepare them for their transition as well as supporting your child to achieve basic literacy and mathematical skills in preparation for school. 

  1. How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

We recognise and value the contribution a parent can make to their child's learning and development and encourage parents to be as involved as they can in our Centre community.

We invite parents to discuss their child's progress regularly formally during regular parents evenings and informally during chats at the beginning or end of the day. Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child's learning journal and will be given the opportunity to share experiences and observations of their child using our online learning journal system

Parents volunteer regularly at the setting, they are involved in weekly walks, stay and play sessions, local trips and outings and social events.

We also send out regular questionnaires asking parents and children their views and opinions with regard to all aspects of the day to day running of the Nursery and afterschool club, and will adapt policies or practice where reasonable, based on those views and opinions.




Contact Name
Paula Graves
Contact Telephone
0151 727 1355
Contact Email
Centre 56 website
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