New children's Centre for Ipswich

ANOTHER new children's centre could open in Ipswich soon as part of a multi-million pound investment.Suffolk County Council has applied for permission to construct a new children's centre next to Rushmere Hall County Primary School, in Lanark Road, Ipswich.

ANOTHER new children's centre could open in Ipswich soon as part of a multi-million pound investment.

Suffolk County Council has applied for permission to construct a new children's centre next to Rushmere Hall County Primary School, in Lanark Road, Ipswich.

If agreed, this will be the 12th new children's centre to be built in Ipswich.

The rest of the centres, which enable parents and children to spend time with other families in the area while also providing information and support, are due to be completed by the end of March, as part of a £5.5million investment package.


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Patricia O'Brien, Suffolk County councillor for children, schools and young people's services, said: “Children's centres are at the heart of Suffolk County Council's efforts to meet the needs of every child in the county.

“I believe that by providing childcare facilities, resources for families and access to advice where it will be most valuable, we can help improve the lives of hundreds of children.

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“Building a new children's centre at Rushmere Hall County Primary School in Ipswich is an indication of how seriously we take the needs of children. Not only is it an investment in this part of Ipswich, it is also making help available in a place that is easily accessible to families.”

The plans are part of a government initiative to get 35 centres up and running in Suffolk by April, 2008.

The next centre to be built is the Maidenhall and Old Stoke Children's Centre, which will be at Hillside Community Primary School on Belstead Avenue in Ipswich.

Among the services offered at the centres will be childcare and early education, social care support and adult education classes with crèche facilities.

The range of facilities in the centres are designed for the individual needs of the area, such as child and family health services, family support, a child minder network, toy libraries and links with Jobcentre Plus and adult education.

Some services will be free but there will be charges for other services such as childcare for working parents.

During December 2006 and January 2007, Suffolk's 18 community cluster steering groups were consulted on the location of the next round of children's centres.

Do you think these children's centres provide good facilities? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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