A centre offering health, care and education under one roof for local families has been refurbished.
Oaktrees, an innovative Early Life Centre in North Shields, was recently completely overhauled to create a warm and welcoming place for children and their families.
Now from November it will be open six days a week, including some evenings, giving professionals such as health visitors, Jobcentre plus staff and the police a local venue for delivering services to the community.
Oaktrees is the first centre of its kind in North Tyneside and also provides education for 64 two-year-olds who qualify for government-funded nursery provision.
The centre is open all year and during holidays the whole family can take part in activities and programmes that help support development.
Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, officially opened the refurbished centre.
He said: “Oaktrees is a wonderful facility offering early education staffed by a highly qualified and experienced team of professionals who work with parents and children to ensure they get the very best start in life.”