Saturday, 6 October 2007

I went to the official opening of the Hunslet Children's Centre yesterday morning...

The Children's Centre initiative in Leeds is fantastic and the centres as they open and begin to work across the city are simply wonderful. Lesley Crampton, the Children's Centre Manager and mark Ford, Headteacher at Hunslet St Mary's CE Primary School have worked together to develop this initiative which is currently based on two sites; the primary school and the under 3's site.

The opening was performed by Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Hilary is the local MP and, as always, was great with everyone particularly the children. He and I decorated our own gingerbread man with some of the children.

This is a great Centre with a brilliant team releasing a very special kind of magic in Hunslet. My colleague Sally Threlfall and her colleagues in Early Years are doing an amazing job with the roll out of Children's Centres in Leeds and making an incredible difference in some of the most deserving communities in the city.

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