The Port’s the place to raise a family

From support during pregnancy, birth and beyond to fantastic local childcare and schools and a safe, friendly environment, Ellesmere Port has a lot to offer families.

For those just starting out on their journey to parenthood there’s an abundance of support available in the local area. Pregnancy can be a time of great excitement but it’s also a time many women and their partners can benefit from additional support.

Based at the Ellesmere Port Pregnancy Advice Centre, Rivington Road, the NHS approved One-to-One Midwives provide a personalised 24/7 service to women and their families throughout pregnancy and postnatally. Originally founded on the Wirral, they also offers a range of courses from breastfeeding to hypnobirthing.

The Daisy Foundation also offers antenatal active birthing classes in Ellesmere Port, led by Tracy McGinn. “The great thing about Daisy classes is that they put the woman at the centre and support her to achieve the birth she wants through the sharing of unbiased information to both educate and empower,” says Tracy.

If you’ve already started a family, there is a fantastic choice of baby and toddler groups to keep little ones entertained and where you can meet other mums and dads.

The Stanlaw Abbey Children’s Centre, on Alnwick Drive, has a community allotment, toy library, sensory room and a great timetable of groups and activities including Messy Rascals. Meanwhile the Portside Children's Centre, on Egerton Street, hosts a Bosom Buddies Group and a Let’s Play session among others.

Rhyme Time is a popular class at The Ellesmere Port Library and its Bumps to Mums coffee morning is a great place for mums-to-be and new parents to socialise. The Ellesmere Port Sports Village hosts a twice weekly Topsy Tumbles class for under 5s where toddlers can let off steam.

Elsewhere, Tots Play offer a range of classes at Hope Farm Methodist Church, while Pop Cats Music Time is a popular activity held at Hope Farm Community Centre and Great Sutton Village Hall.

If you’re thinking of moving to Ellesmere Port with your family then you will certainly want to find out more about the local schools. The Property Detective offers a free guide to the schools in your postcode area. Likewise, you can find out about Ofsted registered nurseries and childcare providers at

Finally everyone wants to feel safe in their neighbourhood and the Ellesmere Port local policing team do a fantastic job of working within the community and reassuring residents with a visible presence. The team is active on Facebook and Twitter and regularly hosts drop in surgeries with PCSOs around the town to offer advice from how to keep your property secure to keeping children safe online.

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