Image demonstrating New look and name for Alnwick Children’s Centre’s pre-school

New look and name for Alnwick Children’s Centre’s pre-school

Alnwick Children’s Centre’s pre-school has got a new name and image.
 
The Little Stars two and three year old early education provision at the town’s centre 
has been renamed 'Cubs & Kits Preschool Alnwick’ in line with a successful similar change at Berwick Children's Centre. 
 
Parents and carers of young children attending Alnwick Children’s Centre, and professionals working in the Alnwick area, attended the unveiling of its fresh new look last week (16 November) when the centre was officially renamed Cubs & Kits.
 
The Children’s Centre, situated on Howling Lane, has also installed new signage, made changes to its interior decor, and is currently constructing a new wild garden where the children will be able to have adventures. 
 
The 12 place pre-school provides education for children aged two and three years and is run by Northumberland County Council.
 
The centre received a GOOD rating in a recent Ofsted inspection, during which it was observed that ‘good teaching systems are in place to ensure all children, including those with special educational needs/or disabilities, make good or better progress in their learning’.  
 
Inspectors said that there are ‘regular observations, assessment and tracking of children's learning which helps staff to plan the next steps in their development’, and that ‘partnerships with parents are a particular strength, with parents commenting that staff go above and beyond what is expected of them’.
 
The new name and identity was launched with a ribbon cutting by some of the children and nursery officer Wendy Robinson, followed by a children's tea party.
 
Vanessa Easton, Early Help Locality Manager (North) said: “Our whole ethos is about putting the children first.
 
“We strive to provide the best possible environment for the children to grow, develop and learn in and the centre has a fantastic reputation for providing a secure, supportive and nurturing early childhood environment.
 
“The nursery has now been open for ten years so we felt the time was right to give it a fresh and vibrant identity to reflect the warm and friendly environment within the centre.”
 
Councillor Wayne Daley, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council added:  “This is an excellent facility, run by professional and caring staff and in which the children attending pre-school thrive.   I’m sure under its new name and identity it will continue to go from strength to strength.” 
 
A variety of funding opportunities are available for two, three and four year olds attending the nursery, including  30 free hours, voucher schemes and tax benefits, as well as wrap around care.
 
The name and identity change is in line with a successful similar change at Berwick Children's Centre which now has Cubs & Kits Full Daycare & Preschool.
 
For further information call 01670 620430  or email: northchildrenscentre@northumberland.gov.uk
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