Life's a beach for Brummie families

By on 25/06/2010 in News

Date: Saturday 26th June 2010

Time: 10am - 1pm

Location: Kitts Green and Shard End Children's Centre, 45 Ridpool Road, Kitts Green, Birmingham, B33 9RB

Details: Birmingham maybe the furthest point from the coast in Britain, but that's not stopped two city children's centres from ensuring local residents get a taste of the seaside this weekend.

Kitts Green/Shard End and Tame Valley (Hodge Hill) Children's Centres are building a man-made beach complete with donkey rides, bouncy castles, inflatable palm trees, deck-chairs and other beach-like activities for land-locked families in the area.

More than 35 bags full of sand have been shipped in to transform the “baby garden” at Kitts Green into a mini seaside resort on Saturday.

Other attractions include an ice cream van, steel band, tattooist, balloon-maker and fruit kebab sellers.

Kully Bains, senior administrator at Kitts Green/Shard End Children's Centre, said: “Birmingham is more than 100 miles from the coast. It is difficult for our parents to get out to the beach so we thought we could bring the beach to them.

“The aim was to recreate the feel of a seaside resort in the heart of the city to put people in the holiday mood. We're expecting it to be a glorious summer's day and with a bit of imagination, it will be as good as the real thing - without hours stuck in traffic.”

More than 3,000 families are served by the two children's centres which are three miles apart. Managers hope as many people from the locality as possible will come along and see what they have to offer.
The Centre's programme is supported by children's charity Spurgeons.

Notes to Editors
· The Government has set a target of ensuring every community will have a Sure Start Children's Centre by 2010 to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

· Services vary depending on local need but may include early years education and childcare, parenting advice, health services such as breast-feeding support and help with getting parents into work or training.

· Children centres are a vital part of the Government's childcare strategy of ensuring all families have access to affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare places.

· Local authorities are responsible for the strategic delivery of children's centres, planning their location and development to meet the needs of the local community in which they are located.

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