Children’s centres across the county have been hailed as both ‘vital’ and ‘life-saving’ facilities by both parents and staff who both use and run the service.
As Derbyshire County Council propose to close upto seven of their centres in the next year, staff at the Alice’s View Children’s Centre in North Wingfield have branded the facility as a vitally important community service.
Regular users of the Alice’s View facilities have also spoke of the centre’s importance, while heaping praise on the staff, who one parent said would do anything to accommodate their benificiaries.
Poppy Hamson, 25, who regularly takes her seven month old son William to the centre, described it as a ‘life-saving’ facility for her.
She added: “I’ve worked with children for ten years, but I didn’t leave the house with William till he was ten weeks old.
“Coming here I get to see all the friendly faces and meet new mums, I couldn’t ask for anything better, it’s been a massive life-saver, I’ve learnt new things here and met parents that have gone through the same things that I have.
“I know that as William grows older I can take him to the older groups, such as messy activities and toddler groups.”
A wide variety of services are on offer at the Alice’s View Children’s Centre, including a range of classes and group sessions, and a toy rental scheme, where people can rent a toy for two weeks for a 40p charge.