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New Resources For After-School Activities

Children in Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick will be given a boost later this week with the opening of a new resource centre for childminders, nursery staff, playgroup and out-of-school club workers.

The Warwick District Early Years Education and Childcare Centre will help early years and childcare workers by supporting them with training, advice and resources including toys, videos and books.

Based at Sydenham County Primary School, in Calder Walk, Leamington, the centre has been in operation since the end of last year.

But on Friday BBC TV Midlands newsreader Kay Alexander will be coming to perform a cake-cutting ceremony to declare the new centre 'officially' open.

The centre is funded by the DfEE, and run in a partnership between Warwickshire Education Authority and leading UK childcare charity NCH Action for Children.

County Education Chief Eric Wood and Hugh Thornbery, Assistant Director of Social Work for NCH Action for Children, will also be speaking at the event, before tucking into a celebration strawberry tea.

Project Co-ordinator Judith Clare said the centre, which is linked to the recently-opened Leamington Parents Centre, aims to help anyone living in the Warwick District who works with pre-school children or older children in out-of-school clubs.

The centre has already held several open days for different groups, to give them a chance to see what is on offer, including an open evening for childminders held earlier this month.

Judith said:

"This is a really exciting opportunity for early years professionals.

“We have a lot of wonderful resources to use with children, and on behalf of children, and we are also interested in identifying the training needs of local early years professionals, so we can work out a programme which will meet them.

“Hopefully, once we are 'officially' open we will be able to encourage even more people to come in and see what we can offer them."

Further information is available from Judith Clare on 01926 422155

NCH Action for Children, one of the UK's leading child care charities, runs more than 430 projects for Britain's most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

In the Midlands region NCH Action for Children has 54 projects helping 11,753 children, young people and their families.

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