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Children’s Services & Education

If you have children you can access the following services:

  • Health Visitors
  • Nurseries
  • Local Schools

Health Visitors

Health Visitors provide care, support and information to families and individuals of all ages, on a range of health and social care issues such as child care, child development, parenting support, behaviour management, nutrition, preventing ill health and living with disability. Access to their services is normally by referral from your Doctor.

 Nurseries and Day Care

There are many providers of Early Years Education in the area. These are either maintained by the Lancashire Education Authority, provided privately or voluntarily.

Those maintained by the Lancashire Education Authority are free. Those that are not maintained are funded by the Nursery Education Grant.

Helping with Costs

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.More information can be found at

All children become eligible to receive the nursery education grant following their third birthday.The grant is not based upon how much income you have. It is payable to children attending a private setting that is registered by a government department called Ofsted to receive the funding.

The grant is paid directly to the private nursery provider to cover the cost of up to 5 x 2½ hour sessions per week for 11 weeks per term.

There are three terms in the school year. The amount of grant will then be deducted from your bill each term.

For further advice please contact Lancashire County Council –Children, Education and Families They can also provide information about registered childcare providers.

Day Care Providers

There are different types of day care that are available

  • Full day care: over 4 hours a day in any non-domestic premises
  • Sessional Care: under 4 hours a day in any non-domestic premises
  • Out of School Care: over 2 hours a day before school, after school or during the school holidays
  • Crèches: “Occasional” care for over 2 hours a day in permanent or temporary premises

Early Year Providers

You may wish to take your child to the provider that is nearest to where you live. There are often limited places so it may not always be the case that your child will get into your first choice. Use the contacts list below to check availability, costs and opening times.

Where information has been available it is indicated what type of care is offered.

  • Blossoms Private Day Nursery Ltd, Vale Street,Off Todmorden Road, Bacup,OL13 9EL, Tel: 01706 878632
  • Goodshaw Kindergarten and Private Nursery provides full daycare.  Goodshaw Avenue, Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, BB4 8BY Tel: 01706 223 025 and 07771 590 794
  • Greenhouse Farm Private Nursery provides full daycare.  off Clough End Road, Cribden Side, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 5UB Tel: 01706 217323
  • Puddleducks Private Day Nursery provides full daycare. 220 Helmshore Road, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 4DJ Tel: 01706 228 368
  • Rainbow’s End Childcare Limited, Offecon House, 122 Bury Road, Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire. BB4 5PE  Tel: 01706 212692
  • The Parish Nursery Lower Lane,Haslingden, Rossendale,BB4 5RATel: 01706 222788
  • Educare for Early Years provides full daycare.  Holme Bank, New Hall Hey Road, Rawtenstall, BB4 6HLTel: 01706 210660
  • Rawtenstall Kids Club provides full daycare.1-3 Greenfield Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 8JW Tel: 01706 835 077
  • Brightfutures Nursery School, Calder Road, Rawtenstall, BB4 8HN 01706 508791


  • Flying Start Day Nursery provides full daycare.  198 Burnley Road, Rossendale, BB4 8HH Tel: 01706 222 269
  • Whitworth Playgroup Hall Street,Whitworth, Rochdale OL12 8TL Tel: 01706 860492

Local Schools

Children between the ages of 4 and 11 will attend Primary School and children over this age up to 16 will attend Secondary School.

If you are moving into the area and you know which school you would like your child to attend,you should check the school admissions policy which can be accessed via the Lancashire County Council web site
Each school produces a prospectus which will give you more information about the school andits activities. You can obtain copies of this from the school. If you want to visit the school, contact the school concerned to make arrangements to visit.

Children who attend school are expected to wear a school uniform. The school you choose for your child will be able to give you information as to what is needed and where you will be able to buy a uniform.

Lancashire County Council supports children in school who do not have English as their first language.

The Ethnic Minority Achievement Support Service

The Ethnic Minority, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service works in partnership with schools to raise the attainment of ethnic minority children and young people across the county.They are a team of dedicated professionals who are experts in minority ethnic issues within Lancashire schools. They have close links with diverse communities across the county and team members speak a range of languages. The service is embedded within the schools advisory team and so has an excellent understanding of current issues for schools.

For further information contact the Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser at:

Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser
Service email:
Service telephone: 01772 532429
EMGRT Achievement Service, 3rd Floor, Joint Divisional Offices, East Cliff, PRESTON, PR1 3JT

If your child does not have a school place or you need more advice and assistance you can contact the admissions officer at your Area Education Office:

Admissions Officer, Area Education Office East, Lancashire County Council, St. James Square, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 0RE, Telephone: 01254 220 742

Primary Schools


Secondary Schools

Special Schools

Help with School Costs

Lancashire Council has detailed information and forms with regard to travel, school meals, season tickets and uniform. Follow the link below to access this information:

Tax Credits

For information about Working Tax Credits and/or Child Tax Credits, etc visit

Authorised and Unauthorised Absences

Parents are responsible for the regular school attendance of their children.  If your child is ill or unable to attend school for some reason, you will need to contact the school on the first day of their absence by telephone to inform them. The school may then “authorise” this absence.

If your child has been missing school without a reason, the absences will be unauthorised and will carry the risk of a penalty notice or prosecution.

For further information about absences from school visit

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