An innovative new model of integrated early years’ service provision has been opened by Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders in Eyemouth.
The Early Years Centre is based in Eyemouth Primary School and offers a range of drop-in facilities and programmes for parents and children aged from birth to eight years from the local area.
The services available include early learning and childcare, midwifery, family support, home school link, financial help in the early years, adult learning, health visiting and school nursing. Volunteering and training opportunities will also be offered and the centre will be available during the day and school holidays.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education said: “This is the fourth Early Years Centre to be opened in the Borders and I am delighted that young children and their families in east Berwickshire are now able to access all these benefits.
“Being a parent today can be a challenging experience but one of the key strengths of this type of facility is that staff from a range of relevant services are brought together under the one roof. From that one central point of contact they are able to provide guidance and support on a variety of issues, doing what they can to encourage positive parenting experiences for families.”
Dr Allyson McCollam, NHS Borders, Chair of the Joint Early Years Group, said: “The opening of the Early Years Centre in Eyemouth is a great opportunity for services to work even more effectively together in supporting families in the area with babies and small children.
“The centre builds on lots of good initiatives already going on locally and will give a further boost to our commitment in the Scottish Borders to give children the best possible start in life.”
Find out about Eyemouth Early Years Centre, phone 01890 750785, visit them at the school or check out their Facebook page.