Funding for new and improved childcare facilities in Flintshire
Flintshire County Council has been awarded £4,890,000 by Welsh Government (WG) for the Childcare Offer Capital Grant Schemes and £500,000, for small capital grant schemes.
The schemes allow for modular building or refurbishment of premises which will create an indoor and outdoor environment appropriate for children ages 3-4, other children, parents, staff and other community users which will be calm, uplifting, safe and attractive.
This funding is the result of a business case submitted by officers from the Early Years and Family Support Service working with Education colleagues and the wider childcare sector.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“Parents told us that ideally they want to be able to drop their children off and pick them up from the same site and access a seamless package of childcare.
“The primary purpose of the Flintshire programme is therefore to facilitate and support the co-location of the Foundation Phase and childcare provision wherever possible.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:
“This is a significant amount of funding for Flintshire and will benefit many working parents in need of pre-school childcare and offer children modern facilities in which to play, learn and develop.
“Social services colleagues have worked in full partnership with education officers on this crucial scheme and I fully support this excellent programme which will provide first class child care facilities for many children in the county.”
There are currently ten primary school sites that will benefit from this funding. These are:
• Ysgol Derwen in Kinnerton
• Westwood School in Buckley
• Ysgol y Escob in Caerwys
• Ysgol Croes Atti in Shotton
• Ysgol Merllyn in Bagillt
• Ysgol Glan Aber in Bagillt
• Ysgol Bro Carmel in Carmel
• Ysgol Maes y Felin in Holywell
• Ysgol Sychdyn
• Ysgol y Llan in Whitford
In the future we hope to be able to offer further schemes, subject to WG funding.
Bodelwyddan based Wynne Construction won the contract to carry out this work. It is hoped that construction will start in the next few months, with a finish date by March 2022.