Bright start for youngsters

sch88695'Shanelle Ashtei aged 2, Donna Renshaw children's Centre Worker and Kelvin Taylor-Watts aged 3
sch88695'Shanelle Ashtei aged 2, Donna Renshaw children's Centre Worker and Kelvin Taylor-Watts aged 3

YOUNGSTERS and their families have been enjoying the facilities at the newly-opened Arkwright Children’s Centre.

The centre offers a variety of services and sessions from the base in School Lane, Arkwright Town, and other community venues, including baby groups, messy play, stay and play, play and learn, grandparents get together, book swaps, toy library, information, advice and guidance about other useful services.

The centre also has a sensory room, which can be booked by families.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for young people, who performed the official opening, said: “Children’s centre staff were delighted to be able to meet local families and offer taster sessions and talk about the services they can use.

“Children’s centres bring vital services for under fives – and their families – together under one roof at the heart of the communities where they are needed.”

Derbyshire County Council has 54 children’s centres. Each centre is designed to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

The authority works alongside partner agencies including JobCentre Plus, and Citizens Advice Bureau to provide help and advice. For further details of activities running at Arkwright Children’s Centre call 01629 533590.