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Key Workers Appointed At New Child Care Scheme

A Jarrow-based after school child care scheme has given a further boost to the social regeneration of the Primrose area by attracting several newly employed staff.

New staff have now been employed including a senior child care worker, a child care assistant and an administration support officer.

Primrose Community Centre helped to establish the partnership approach between the Government-led New Opportunities Fund and the South Tyneside Early Years Development and Child Care Partnership.

Chairman of Lambton Nights, Ken McConnachie, welcomed the new appointments. "This is another step in the establishment of this programme and a fantastic addition to our regular members of staff. The scheme also frees up more time for parents to carry out their job searching activities", he said.

The scheme is the result of a partnership between Primrose Community Centre, Valley View Primary School and the Health Action Zone.

Lambton Nights has attracted £14,000 from the Government's New Opportunities Fund, over £5,000 for South Tyneside Council's Community Chest and over £1,500 from the Health Action Zone.

Research work by Valley View Primary School identified a major need for after school child care provision in the Primrose area. The scheme was named by pupils who wanted to give it a fun and inspirational title.

Local councillor John Watson, who represents the Primrose Ward on South Tyneside Council, said today: "The ability of Lambton Nights to attract quality staff is an indication of its popularity and high esteem as a local education and inclusion project. It is hoped that the scheme can be rolled out to include safe minibus escort provision from all local schools, a breakfast club and additional sessions during the normal school holiday periods. These are tremendous steps forward".

Lambton Nights offers 16 places every weekday, Monday to Friday, throughout the school term and will place 16 children between the ages of 4 and 11. Youngsters will be encouraged to develop educational and socially based skills. The scheme is registered with OFSTED and will be subject to inspection.

Parents wishing to take part in the initiative can telephone Primrose Community Centre on 489 2792 or calling in person. Cost of sessions will be £4 per session. (Some parents may be eligible for Working Families Tax Credit for assistance.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Ken McConnachie, Manager of Primrose CA, can be contacted on mobile 0776 8503 055.

Councillor John Watson who represents the Primrose Ward on South Tyneside Council mobile: 07802 587 070.

Phil Scott, Headteacher of Valley View Primary School can be contacted on 489 8358.

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