Published: March 5, 2009
New 'Partnership with Parents' scheme launched in Highbridge

A pioneering scheme to strengthen the bond between parents and children in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been launched by Highbridge Children's Centre this week.

The centre has been picked as one of just two places in Somerset to launch a 'Partnership With Parents' scheme, which aims to build on parental relations with children aged up to seven.

Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Derick Cooper is pictured above officially launching the scheme with Children's Centre Manager Julian Plested.

"The project aims to involve parents more closely in their children's learning and development through a range of new activities and courses," explained Mr Plested to

"There will be a strong emphasis on helping children at important times, such as starting nursery or moving on to school."

"The project will also be looking for parents to come forward as volunteers to lead activities, for which there will be training and support."

At Tuesday's launch, held in the Oak Tree Arena, some of the new activities which will be available to parents and children through the project were showcased, as pictured here.

The project is operating over two years in the centre's immediate catchment area, covering Pawlett, West and East Huntspill, Mark, Wedmore and Highbridge.

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