Children’s centre set to welcome more families

Wade Hall Children's Centre are planning on extending to allow more children and families to use the facilities.  Pictured is head of Children's Centres for South Ribble, Maria Neale.

Wade Hall Children's Centre are planning on extending to allow more children and families to use the facilities. Pictured is head of Children's Centres for South Ribble, Maria Neale.

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More families will now be able to benefit from the help and support of a Leyland children’s centre.

Maria Neil, manager of Wade Hall’s Children’s Centre, said the facility offers so much more to the community than just child care, and adding an extension to the back of the building will open up doors for more people to visit.

“We want to provide more spaces for two-year-olds, and this expansion will increase our nursery capacity from 34 to 50,” she said.

“But it will also make a huge difference to us in that we will be able to provide better services for families.

“We hold courses such as English and maths, and have sessions about boosting self esteem and how to find work.

“We also have a free law clinic which anyone can access, and there are lots of groups such as mother and toddler groups.

“Not only that, but we do home visits to help parents cope with the stresses and strains, and expanding our facility means that more families will know about us and the services we provide.

“More two-year-olds are now eligible for free places, so that has played a part is us wanting to expand.

“Research has shown that children who access good quality nursery places have a better future at school.”

The work has been given the go-ahead by Lancashire County Council, and the extension, in the form of an orangery, will provide additional teaching space.