** please note that Ciao have put Stanley in Durham, whereas I requested it be Stanley in Wakefield, I have informed them and hope they will change this to the appropriate category**
This is a review about Stanley's Children's Centre which is a place for parents and young children to go for various events and support where you will feel welcome, at ease and like you belong.
About Sure Start
There are over 3,000 Sure Start Children's Centres around the UK. They provide a place for all of the services you could need all in one place. They aim to support families and give advice even before your baby is born up until it begins school. The aim was for every community to have a centre to ensure that all children have the best possible start in life. Services which they aim to provide include:
- Inegrated education and childcare from an early age.
- Parent support
- Child and family health services.
- Helping parents into work.
This is to try to help with the government's plan that every child should have the ability to fullfill their potential and the aim of children's centres if to improve outcomes for all children.
About Stanley Children's Sure Start Centre
Stanley's Children's centre opened up in July 2008 and is open Monday-Friday. The building is completely new and purpose built making it an ideal place for parents to bring their children. It has various classes, drop ins and support groups as well as access to health visitors, job centre workers and many groups that help to give you the time and ability to play with your children without being distracted by the goings on at home.
The location of Stanley Children's Centre is within the grounds of Stanley St Peter's school but this doesn't mean you have to go through the school to access it, it has it's own entrance and car park. It is situated on Long Causeway in Stanley which is about 4 miles from Wakefield city centre. There is a bus route which runs from Stanley to Leeds and Wakefield which is very regular and the bus stops are nearby to the centre so it's easily accessible on public transport. Parking-wise the car park is only small and there are two disabled spaces but there is also some parking on the street outside or if there's an event on and it's particularly busy if you chose to park in the library carpark then it's only a very short walk beside the school and up to the children's centre so really it's very easy to access both by car and public transport.
The buiding is a brand new one level building which was opened in summer 2008. This makes it a very light and airy building which is very welcoming. What I've noticed about other baby groups that I have been to they are usually held in old halls and community centres which tend to be quite old and so not quite as 'fresh' as this. Because this is all brand new I have always felt comfortable about letting Baby Hope lie on the floor or shuffle around without worrying about dirty carpets and things. The floors are all laminated which I think makes it much cleaner!