The Langlee Early Years Centre in Galashiels has received a £7,800 lottery grant to fund a year-long project providing two activity groups outwith school opening hours.
The first will offer family fun activities one evening a week for 5-8 year olds and their parents. The second will take place on a Saturday morning for fathers who have children aged 0-5.
The funding has been provided by the Big Lottery Community and Families Fund. The grant will help fund the sessional workers and facilitators, promote community involvement and cover the costs of letting fees and supplies.
The project is the outcome of a local consultation exercise—Listening to parents and families — which was held during April 2014 to find out what local people wanted at their new Early Years Centre.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education at Scottish Borders Council said: “The fact that we now have up to 100 parents and children through the doors of the Langlee Early Years Centre every week is testament to the success of this model of service provision.
“The news that additional funding has been granted to extend the excellent range of activities on offer at the centre is very welcome, particularly as the support and activity groups being provided are the result of consultation with local people.”
The Langlee Early Years Centre is a joint service provided by SBC and NHS Borders. Based within the primary school. Opened in November 2014, it offers a range of drop-in facilities and programmes for parents and children aged nine months to eight years from the Galashiels area.