New children’s centre to be developed at Haytor View Primary School, Newton Abbot
By newtonnews | Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 11:19
The £400,000 centre, at Haytor View Primary School and Nursery, will provide a one-stop shop for services for children under five and their families. It is expected to be completed next spring.
It is part of a multi-million pound investment programme by Devon County Council to develop 43 children’s centres across the county.
The centres aim to bring together professionals involved in looking after the needs of young children with the aim of promoting positive ways of learning, healthy lifestyles and the early identification of any problems which may adversely affect a child later on.
The facility will function alongside the school and will also provide services during school holidays.
The work will involve a small extension to Haytor View to form a school staffroom and offices and the refurbishment of one classroom to include an outdoor learning space.
Access and pedestrian routes will be improved as will the school’s Key Stage I outdoor classroom areas.
It is also planned to create a café area for the children's centre with a number of rooms which can be used flexibly, including an external play area for the centre’s dedicated use.
The school says it is tremendously excited at the prospect of working with the children’s centre.
Headteacher Katy Liley said: “We are keen to collaborate with the community in developing quality provision for all children and families, with the aim of providing the community with the support and opportunities they feel are necessary to secure positive outcomes for their children.”
Chair of the school’s governors, Michael Bennie, said: “The governors’ vision for Haytor View is that it should be at the centre of the community it serves.
“Having this children’s centre, with all the services it offers, actually within the school will provide a great boost to that vision.”