Monday, December 11, 2006

Party Time at the new Children's Centre

Saltburn's new Children's Centre will be officially opened on Thursday, December 14 - the centre is already a success with families in the community. The afternoon celebrations will feature music from Huntcliff School woodwind band, Saltburn Primary School choir and a Christmas party in the centre, with Santa in his grotto, a disco, magician and storyteller.
The Centre, built on the Huntcliff site, began welcoming families in June and hosts a 45 place daycare setting, training room and adjacent children's room as well a three health clinics and two small meeting rooms. It offers family fun sessions, training courses and counselling services in an accessible one-stop shop for family services. The nursery for under-5s is run by Rosedene Nurseries, the Tees Valley’s longest-established pre-school care and learning provider. Staff include nursery nurses, health visitors, school nurses, a children’s physiotherapist, a podiatrist, Sure Start community workers and administration staff.Centre manager Linda Bulmer said: "The number of families registered with us from Saltburn alone is 154. We have nearly 600 altogether, which includes families from Guisborough, Skelton, Lingdale and Boosbeck. We wanted to make the official launch something really special. We knew a Christmas Party theme would be just what our children and families wanted and, after all, that is what Sure Start is all about."

Local radio personality Stewart McFarlane MBE and two-year-old Charriss Savory shared the ribbon-cutting duties with Santa at the offical opening of the Children's Centre.

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