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House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP will officially open a purpose-built Nursery and Children’s Centre at Overstone Combined School, Wing, on Friday 1 April 2011.
The spacious state-of-the-art building, funded by Buckinghamshire County Council and Overstone School, will extend the services provided on-site to include support, advice and activities for families with children up to the age of five.
The new nursery, run by Little Acorns, will provide 46 places to parents in Wing and surrounding villages. The new children’s centre, to be run by Barnardo’s in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council, will offer a range of activities for families with children up to five, such as drop-in fun play activities, early learning services, health and family support services, help with finding childcare and getting back into work or training.
With the additional facilities the Overstone site offers ‘one-stop’ child care for children from 0-11, making the transition from pre-school to school in Wing easier than ever before.
Steven Adams, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I really am delighted at the opening of this new children’s centre and nursery and wish Overstone every success. The County Council is committed to giving children and young families the best care, education and support through good and affordable childcare which enables parents to work or train for work.”
Michelle Kukielka, Strategic Manager, Barnardo's Sure Start Children's Centres in Buckinghamshire, said: “Barnardo’s is pleased to be managing the Children’s Centre and will bring expertise and experience to help and support families in the area.
“The facility will offer a range of support services and activities including ‘Mini Munchers’ that promotes healthy eating; Breastfeeding support services, and programmes that support positive parenting skills such as’ Incredible Years’. It is hoped that it will be at the heart of the community and will continue to be taken to families in outlying villages within the Wing Children’s Centre area.
“Working together, we can encourage children to reach their full potential.”