Two children's centres in Wirral will shut today as the council takes measures to tackle coronavirus.

From 4pm (Monday March 23) both Pensby Children’s Centre and Rock Ferry Children’s Centre will temporarily close.

Resource efforts will be focused on Bromborough Children’s Centre, Seacombe Children’s Centre and Brassey Gardens in Birkenhead, which will all remain open.

Following government advice and adhering to social distancing and reduced contacts, children’s centre sessions will be suspended and the offer to families will be via telephone, email, the MyChildCan and Wirral Council Facebook feeds and websites.

A statement from the council said: "We are working on some virtual story time + rhymetime sessions that you will be able to enjoy at home with your little ones, so please do keep a look out for those on social media.

"If you are experiencing any family difficulties during these challenging times please do telephone your local Children’s Centre to speak to someone.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will keep you up to date of any further changes or indeed when sites re-open.  Stay safe and well and thank you all for your patience and understanding."

For general help and advice in relation to COVID-19, you can call the council helpline on 0151 666 5050. Lines are open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

If you have a query specific to your local children's centre, their numbers are as follows: Birkenhead (Brassey Gardens) 0151 666 3323 / Bromborough (Wirral South and Wirral West) 0151 666 3246 / Wallasey (Seacombe) 0151 666 3506.