Freshfield Children's Centre


Playgroups & Preschools

Some 2 year olds in Sefton can get FREE early learning and childcare support if they meet one or more of the eligibility criteria (see below). 

If your child has turned 2 years of age by 31 August 2018, you can apply 
online or contact the School Readiness Service on 0151 933 6021 or by emailing

The aim of this support is to make sure that children from all backgrounds learn at the same rate as their peers and are school ready when they reach 5 years of age.
Your 2 year old can receive early learning at a setting of your choice, including nurseries, children's centres, playgroups, in some schools and with some childminders. Once you apply, the School Readiness Service will help you to get the free place to suit your child's needs.
A free place is equal to 570 hours, which is broken down to 15 hours per week across 38 weeks. You don't have to use all 15 hours but you must use the free place at least 2 days per week, for between 2.5 - 10 hours on each day.
If you receive this support, you can access Get Fit When You're Free sessions, with 6 weeks of free physical activities and classes during the 15hrs or less per week that your child is in early education or childcare.



Pine Pixies Pre-School
St Lukes Church Hall
Kirklake Road
L37 4DB
Catherine Regan (Owner/Manager) : 01704 571920 / 833039
Email :


Little Tiddlers Toddler Group
Holy Trinity Church
Rosemary Lane
L37 3HA
Tel: 01704 878913  Email:

Little Tiddler's Toddler Group meets every Monday morning (except school holidays) at 9.15 a.m. until 11.15 a.m. We aim to provide a time of play for the children and a chance for the adults (not just mums as we now have dads and grandparents too bringing their children along) to meet and chat.  There is a great range of toys for the children, we have a craft corner and end our sessions with about ten minutes of music and singing.

Mums and Tots
St. Luke's Church
St. Luke's Church Rd
L37 2DF
Our informal and friendly band meets every Monday in term time; 1.30 -3pm, in the Meeting Room adjacent to the church.  Anyone caring for a child or children under school age is welcome to join us, although carers remain responsible for their charges, they are able to relax and chat over a cuppa and a slice of cake whilst the little ones play or create as they wish. Folk can attend as frequently or infrequently as they are able.  At present we can accommodate a few more, so newcomers are free to join us whenever they like.  For more information, please contact us stating that your message is for Linda Trollope, ask at church, or  just pop in on a term time Monday afternoon, we’ll be pleased to see you!
Play and Learn

Woodlands Primary School
Woodlands Road
L37 2JN
Telephone: 01704 876444  

This is a fun session with lots to explore inside and out!  Story, rhymes and snack as well! All welcome from babies to pre-schoolers as long as a grown up comes too!  Where? Infant Hall.  When? Every Tuesday from 9a.m. until 10:45 a.m.  Who with? Mrs Thomson from Foundation Stage classes.

Redgate Baby and Toddler Group
Redgate Community Primary School
L37 4EW
Tel: 01704 385960
Redgate Baby and Toddler Group is on every Tuesday 9:30-11:15am in the school hall at Redgate Primary School.  They have toys, crafts and refreshments with a friendly atmosphere and you will also have a chance to visit the newly refurbished Reception and Early Years suite.
Donation of 50p per child.

Toddler Group
Formby Methodist Church
Elbow Lane
L37 4AF
Tel : 01704 461638  Email:
The Toddler Group meets weekly on a Thursday morning during term time from 9:30 - 11:30am in the Church Hall.  All pre-school children accompanied by their parents/carers are welcome.

Village Tots
The Village Church
1 Furness Ave
L37 3NP
Tel: 07808117798 /  !village-tots/c17et
Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm - Village Tots is a friendly and vibrant stay-and-play group for parents and carers of children ages 0-4. During the group, children enjoy play while Parents and Carers enjoy a hot drink.  Followed by snacks and songs.

Our Lady of Victories
Sandy Lane
L38 3RP
Email :
10:00am every Tuesday in the church hall.



Roots & Shoots Toddler Group

St Luke's Church of England Primary School,

Jubilee Road,



L37 2HW

Tel: 01704 872692


Our Parent and Toddler group meet every Tuesday afternoon in the school hall.  The group is led by  Ali, Jackie and Vikki who warmly welcome mums, dads, grandparents and even great grandparents! And of course - mostly importantly - the children. We have babies, toddlers and some children almost ready to join us in 'big school' in September.

There are a wide range of toys available, plenty of 'safe space' for the babies and a craft area supervised by one of the adults. At the end of the session we have singing time.

Whether you're already part of the St Luke's family or you're new to Formby, on maternity leave or just needing a break and a friendly face - please come and join us.


Little Fishes Pre-School Playgroup

St Peter’s Church Hall
Paradise Lane
L37 7EH


Tel: 01704 871171

9:15-11:30 Every Friday in the Church Hall.









    Contact Details

  • Freshfield Children's Centre,
  • Watchyard Lane, Formby L37 3JT
  • 01704 876567 Option 1

    Opening Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed