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                            Useful links, advice, support and groups
          Local groups  
Jiggy Wrigglers
A fun music and movement sessions which provides several learning opportunities while being able to socialise with other children and  families. 
Sessions: Session are up and running again from Wednesday 14th April 
  • Mixed age group 10am - 11pm 
  • Babies (Birth - 1) 11:20 - 12:05 
Location : Gamble Hall, St Helens 
Get in touch with Lorna at Jiggy Wrigglers
Find Jiggy Wrigglers West Lancashire  on facebook!
Pilkington Recs Rugby Club  - St Helens 
We are very proud to say that St Mark's Preschool sponsors Pilks Recs rugby club. We feel like groups like this are great for our community! Pilks give all children at different age ranges the opportunity to be active, have fun and socialise with other peers and adults and while learning a new sport and skill. 
Sessions : 
  • Cubs - Every Thursday 5:30
New players welcome!
Cubs rugby is aimed at 4 - 6 year olds learning the basics of rugby in a fun environment. 
Contact :
Call : 07931793826
Diddikicks is a football group that promotes development beyond football, the groups are suitable for children  age 18 months up to 5 year olds. 
Sessions - 
  • Dids (18months - 2.5 Years) 9.10 am - 9.55am or 10.05 am - 10:50am. 
  • Mids (2.5 Years - 3.5 Years) 11:00am - 11:45 am 
  • Bigs (3.5 Years - 5 Years) 11:55am - 12:40 pm 
Location :
St Helens Carr Mill
Park Farm ACYP Centre
Contact : 
Call : 0161 300 4665
Baby Ballet 
Providing dance classes for children aged from 6 months up to 6 years.
  • Tinies 18 months - 3 years 
    Monday's 10:am  
  • Movers 3 + 4 years 
     Monday's 10 : am 

 Located: St Johns Community Centre (Crossley Road, Thatto Heath WA10)
Contact :
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 Local Libraries / Opening Times : 
click the link below to find local library opening times ...

Local Swimming centres 

Par Swimming + Fitness 

Queens Park Health - Fitness

Local Children Centres 

Central Link Children's Centre

Westfield Street (off Peter Street)
St Helens
WA10 1QF

Telephone: 01744 673444

Parr Children's Centre  
Ashton's Green Drive
St Helens
Telephone: 01744 671788

Moss Bank Children's Centre

Kentmere Avenue
Moss Bank
St Helens
WA11 7PQ

(via Central Link Children's Centre)

Telephone: 01744 673444 

Thatto Heath Children's Centre

Brisbane Street
St Helens

Telephone: 01744 678373

Click the button below to view Autumn's timetable for all children centre's to see whats on!


We would strongly encourage all children to be registered at dentist and attend regular check ups. It's really important that children understand the importance of oral healthy at an early age and brush their teeth twice a day. If you child is not yet registered at a dentist, click on the link button below to find local dentists near you. We would advice that you ring around and ask if they are taking on new patients. If your child' attend St.marks preschool, we can support your in preparing your child for their visit - we have stories, resources and we also have a dentist topic bag that you can take home with you! 

Tips / Advice 

Toilet Training

First of all .. is your child ready for toilet training? 

It is really important that you wait until your child is ready for toilet training, they will show you that they are ready by showing you certain signs, these signs include .... 

  • Your child wanting to wear underpants/nickers 

  • Your child telling you they have had a wee or a poo and want to be changed 

  • Your child telling you they need a wee or a poo 

  • Your child showing interest in using the toilet/potty 

How to start toilet training 

  • Dress for training - we want to encourage the children to be independent this is by pulling their pants/knickers/underpants  up and down themselves. 

     Tips -

  1. Put your child is loose trousers, shorts or leggings. 

  2. Try to allow your child to wear dresses/skirts or pants that have an elastic waists 

  3. Use pull ups not nappies! 

  • Routine - Ensure all parents, grandparents, childcare providers are all following the same routine for the child as this will help the child feel more confident and supported.

  • Keep your child motivated - introduce rewards to get your child excited to use the potty this could be doing a fun dance or a sticker. 

  • Normalise the potty - When your child is first starting, encourage them to use the potty regularly. Your child may just sit on the potty as you chat away to them, this is great as it will get them familiar with it.  

  • Accidents - accidents will occur so don't panic! This will allow your child to become aware of the wet and dry feeling. 

  • Outside the house - Your child may not be fully ready and confident to attend the toilet away from their home setting or you may be worried that your child may have an accident went out and about. While your child is still learning why not put a pull up on? Place either the knickers or underpants on first then put the pull up on over them.  This way your child won't have a wet accident in their pants but will still be able to feel the wet feeling noticing they have had a wee.

Reminder, these are general tips and advice but every child is different and will learn at their own pace! If your child attends with us here at St Mark's Preschool then please speak to your child's key worker for some more support and advice. Don't forget we also have our toilet training topic bag that you can take home! 

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