07 December 2010

New opportunities for learning and play, improved pre-school and after-school facilities and a confidential interview area for parents are just a few of the benefits for families using the newly-refurbished Headlands Children’s Centre.

A celebration event at the Northampton-based Headlands Sure Start Children’s Centre on Friday (10th December) will see a double celebration as the centre’s third birthday coincides with its official re-opening after extensive building work was completed at the Bushland Road base over the summer.

The project was made possible through an early years capital grant of £134,000 awarded by Northamptonshire County Council and has resulted in the creation of:

  • additional play and learning facilities;
  • improved kitchen, laundry, toilet and nappy changing facilities;
  • a new shared entrance for nursery parents and visitors to the Children’s Centre,
  • improved before school and after school facilities
  • a new, confidential interview space for parents seeking advice or guidance.

Centre Manager Janet Dowling said: “We are very grateful to the county council for their support in enabling us to realise our vision for the Children’s Centre. Since we opened three years ago the centre has gone from strength to strength and is a popular destination for hundreds of families from across the Headlands and Eastfield areas”.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Headlands Children’s Centre has proved itself as a valuable resource to the local community offering young families early education, health and support services. We’re delighted to have played a part in the revamp of the facilities to make them even better able to serve the local community.”

The building work has been part of a three-way collaboration between Headlands Primary School, the Children’s Centre and Acorn Childcare UK, the partner childcare provider to the Children’s Centre.

The centre is opening its doors on Friday (10th December) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for families and the wider community to see the centre’s new facilities and share in the celebrations.

There will be refreshments served throughout the day with information available from the many agencies and services that support families through the Children’s Centre including: health professionals; Northampton Borough Council’s Play Team, the New Ark Foundation; Autism Concern; Bookstart and the centre’s occupational therapy service. There will be activities for children aged up to five in the centre’s new play room and a lunchtime performance by the Headlands Primary School choir.