THREE new Children’s Centres opened their doors for business in Shirley offering a wealth of activities and sessions for youngsters and their families.
Opened last month, the centres at Shirley Heath, Mill Lodge and Burman, are located on premises close to primary schools in special buildings and provide services such as parenting classes, stay-and-play groups for children aged between 0 to 5 years.
They also provide further education and college courses for adults.
The trio of venues are the result of a partnership project between Solihull Council and children’s charity Action for Children.
Marian Davis, of the charity and a Children’s Centre manager, said: “The early years are arguably the most important in a child’s development so, it is important that they receive the best possible care and that parents have the right tools to give them the support they need.
“Children’s Centres give children the opportunity to play, socialise and be stimulated so they can build skills and confidence and at the same time we want to work with carers to help them support their child’s development.”
Councillor Ken Meeson, the Leader of Solihull Council, said: “We are delighted that these new centres have been created in partnership with Action for Children.
“They will be a great resource for families and children and a place where parents can access support as well as somewhere that children can enjoy opportunities to play and socialise with other children.”
Action for Children runs more than 64 Children’s Centres across the UK including 11 in Solihull, working particularly with communities who are facing poverty, isolation and deprivation.
Anyone wanting to find our more about the centres can telephone 0121 248 7646.