CHILDCARE sessions will soon begin in Walberton’s new playcentre.
The services will start at the £400,000 Community Playcentre in Walberton from early September.
The community project was given a boost with a £6,465.60 grant from the joint downland area committee of councils.
Arun District Council provided the money and has agreed to supply the playcentre with a couple of used computer monitors.
Rebecca Lapraik, who chairs the playcentre’s trustees, said: “We very much that this grant will help us deliver the service local families need and want.
“The money will be spent on furniture for the baby and children’s play area which will help us to deliver planned services from September.
“The playcentre will offer day nursery, breakfast clubs, afterschool care and holiday clubs, all services which local families need but which are not currently available.”
The centre held its first open day this month to enable villagers to look around the facilities which took four years of fundraising and hard work to achieve.
Six members of staff have been taken on by its trustees. More will follow.
Sarah Waights, who has stood down as the chairman of trustees, said it was a proud moment when supporters could see what the playcentre had to offer.
“It’s taken four years of really hard work and a whole batch of paperwork as well,” she said. “It’s a hard earned success and so many people have done some brilliant things to get us to this stage.”
The playcentre is located between the village’s primary school and hall off The Street.
It will provide a community space for local children of all ages. “It’s nice to think that we are not only enabling people to gain employment by looking after their children but also providing it as a reasonably significant employer in the village,” said Sarah.
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