A new Isle of Wight Council Children’s Centre featuring environmentally friendly technology and top of the range facilities will be officially opened this week.
The ‘Bays Children Centre’ in Sandown will provide family support and parental outreach, child and family health services, links with Job Centre Plus and early learning opportunities for young children.
The state of the art facility, located opposite Sandown High School, is opened.
It features a parents and toddlers activity room, consulting room, modern kitchen, office space, a training room and baby changing facilities. External play areas also feature and are accessed directly from inside the building, providing free-flowing movement between the areas.
Supporting beams have also been built to look like giant coloured pencils, giving the building a look that invites play and learning.
Amongst the ‘green features’ include solar panels to heat the water, and energy efficient boilers and thermal installation. The building’s roof and walls have designed to allow as much natural light in as possible, which also allows children to take account of the natural external environment.
Cllr Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Children, Social Care, Health and Housing said “Sandown Children’s Centre is the eighth on the Isle of Wight and offers excellent services for families and children between the ages of 0 – 5.
“We estimate around 1000 children will benefit from The Bays Children’s Centre and already we have received excellent feedback from people already using the facility.”
The centre, which has been providing some services to families since May, will be run on behalf of Isle of Wight Council by Furzehill Childcare. It has been funded through a capital grant from the Department for Children, Schools and Families Early Years and Sure Start programme