Kids celebrate reopening of children’s centre

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A children’s centre in Cramlington has celebrating reopening after a three month closure with a family welcome day.

Barnardo’s Children’s Centre at Cramlington East at Eastlea First School in Silverdale Road, re-opened on Friday after being forced to close with heating problems three months ago.

Cramlington West Children's Centre on the Eastlea Primary School Site at Cramlington held at Family Welcome Day and seen there are children's characters Mr and Mrs Beaver.

Cramlington West Children's Centre on the Eastlea Primary School Site at Cramlington held at Family Welcome Day and seen there are children's characters Mr and Mrs Beaver.

The heating system broke down early in the year, when the weather was particularly cold, forcing all activities at the centre to stop.

Some activities were delivered from the Children’s Centre in Cramlington West – and all families were welcome to attend activities on offer there.

On Friday the centre reopened with a family welcome day to reintroduce families into the centre, where families enjoed stories, crafts and music and kids met Mr and Mrs Beaver and their son Justin, from outdoor events and theatre company Dodgy Clutch.

Angela Robinson from Barnardo’s, said: “Activities included ‘panning for gold’ and making ‘dampers’. These were like little scones on sticks which the children and parents cooked on a fire made by Mr and Mrs Beaver and which could then be split and enjoyed with either jam or chocolate spread.

“Children also planted seeds into little pots for them to watch grow over the next few weeks, which tied in with the theme for the adults of watching the Centre grow.

“We had some lovely, positive comments from parents about what an excellent day it had been, how they would definitely use the centre again and that they were very pleased to see it re-open.

Centre users are invited to attend a Chill and Chat session which will take place on Friday, June 14, between 1.30pm and 3pm for a chat over a bacon butty, to let the centre know what works well and how things could improve.

A child safety event will take place at the centre on the Eastlea Primary School site, on Wednesday, June 19, from 10.30am to noon, where there will be activities for children, information and advice.

The centre is open Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Call (01670) 739528 for more details.