A brand new after school child care scheme is being set up in Jarrow thanks to a successful bid for Government funding.
The imaginatively named Lambton Nights scheme based at Primrose Community Centre in Lambton Terrace has secured a three-year funding package worth over £20,000.
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.
Chairman of Lambton Nights, Ken McConnachie, has welcomed the scheme as "a huge step forward". He said: "The scheme will offer 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 both their educational and socially based skills. The scheme is registered with OFSTED and will be subject to an inspection by them before the scheme commences."
Local Primrose Ward Councillor John Watson, who represents the Primrose Ward on South Tyneside Council said today: "This is a significant acknowledgement for all the work put in by the Lambton Nights team to date and shows what really can be achieved when several agencies work together in a full partnership approach."
"There are also employment opportunities arising from this scheme, not just from the directly employed staff but also creating valuable time for parents to engage in job search activities, and at the same time retaining peace of mind for the development of their children. Primrose has become a beacon of social inclusion."
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.)