Godmanchester children’s centre springs to life

CIVIC leaders joined staff and eight year old Reese Mobius for the official opening of the Daffodil Children’s Centre in Godmanchester.

The centre was created from existing rooms at Godmanchester Primary School, while �1.4million was spent on building three new classrooms at the school. It previously ran from a mobile classroom in the school playground.

The new centre includes a meeting room, kitchen, office, enclosed outdoor play area and playrooms, and is open to families with children up to five years old.

It has been open since January and hosts a Bumps & Babes free drop-in session on Mondays, a stay and play under-5s session on Tuesdays, and a toy library on Wednesday mornings.

While other children’s centres are closing around the country in the wake of Government cuts, Cambridgeshire County Council, which funded the project, has said there are no plans to close any centres in the county.

Centre manager Janet Woollard said: “Although we have already got lots of families that are using the children’s centre, we really want to become the hub of the community.”

From left to right are county councillor Graham Wilson, Ms Woollard, Reese, centre administrator Kate Hunter, and county councillor Jeff Dutton.