Rainbow Playgroup sets up home at local Children’s Centre
Bolton council has stepped in to save a local playgroup from closure by providing a new home at a children’s centre.
The Rainbow Playgroup provides Early Years Foundation Stage Framework play and planned sessions, supporting children aged 2-5 years with their learning and development so they can more easily adapt when starting school.
After 16 successful years at the Scout Headquarters in Heaton, the playgroup was forced to find a new home, but despite extensive searching they were unable to find suitable premises.
Following a ‘Save our Playgroup’ appeal Bolton Council stepped in to broker a deal with Heaton & Lostock Neighbourhood Children’s Centre who agreed to provide a space for the group to meet.
The playgroup will now have access to the children’s room at the children’s centre which is self-contained with children’s toilets, baby changing facilities, a small kitchen for preparation of snacks and has a secure entrance mechanism to ensure safety of the children.
The final move is subject to an Ofsted inspection of the building where it is to be registered as suitable for the playgroup.
Linda Gallagher, Manager of Rainbow Playgroup said: “We are really grateful to the council and Heaton and Lostock Neighbourhood Children’s Centre who were able to provide us with a new home. Without their help we would have had to shut and would have had to turn children away. This would have caused concern among the many families that depend upon our services.”
Councillor Kevin McKeon, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Early Years said: “We were delighted to help the playgroup find a new home.
“This will enable them to remain open and offer a continuation of care and education to the young children and families as well as providing new child places from this September.”
For further information either contact Linda Gallagher at the Rainbow Playgroup on 07753 282924 or Heaton & Lostock Neighbourhood Children’s Centre on 01204 337067.