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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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New childcare places created at Carlisle nursery

New childcare places are being created in the west of Carlisle.

Occupying little minds: Jude Coupland, Yewdale Community Centre Nursery child care manager, with Jade Doran and Alanna Campbell last month trying out some Indian delicacies

Yewdale Community Centre’s nursery currently only operates on weekday mornings.

It is expanding in January to offer places in the afternoons too, a move that will enable nursery leaders to offer full-day care for the under fives for the first time.

Childcare leaders at the Hutton Way community centre are also hoping they will be able to open up their breakfast and afterschool clubs to young children too. The two clubs are currently only for school-age children.

Jude Coupland is the childcare manager at Yewdale Community Centre.

She said: “We aren’t able to take children under five in our breakfast and afterschool clubs yet but I would like to change that and we’re exploring whether or not we will be allowed to do this.

“This would allow us more flexibility to be able to offer a wraparound care service for parents and families in this area, whether they are working families or not.

“The area has been identified as being in a hot spot with a shortage of nursery places and we’ve been bursting at the seams since September when we’ve been running morning only sessions.

“So this will help us to cope with the demand and create more flexible childcare solutions.”

The community centre nursery can cater for 26 children in its morning sessions. From January 26 places will be offered every weekday afternoon too.

Its breakfast and afterschool clubs began in September. With new places now available for children aged two, three and four, the nursery has taken on two new staff members.

Miss Coupland said: “It is a really positive and exciting step in the community to be able to offer full day care to families enabling many to have an easier childcare solution on their doorstep to fit in with their busy lives.

“Being able to offer full day care with the support of a grant from Cumbria County Council, and additional funding for further resources from Carlisle City Council, is enabling us to extend our hours and enhance both our indoor and outdoor provision.”


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