Talks ongoing over changes to services

Consultation is continuing over plans to reshape children’s centre services in the borough.

North Tyneside Council has added two more dates for drop-in sessions for parents and carers to take part in.

They will take place on Monday, August 5, at Battle Hill Library, from 1pm to 3pm; and Thursday, August 7, from 10am to noon, at Whitley Bay Library and Customer Service Centre.

The council is proposing to deliver some services in children’s centres building differently, with the potential for some to be offered from a range of locations and available at more flexible times.

The newly-shaped service will see family work focused around four ‘children’s centre hubs’ at Howdon, Riverside, Shiremoor and Wallsend, whilst the current school-based children’s centres at Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Fordley, Battle Hill and New York will start to deliver a wider range of services such as childcare for two-year-olds, holiday activities and playgroups.

The community consultation on the proposals runs until Friday, August 15.

Details and consultation forms are available at

Residents can also collect a consultation form from any of North Tyneside’s 12 children’s centres, or from Customer First Centres in Killingworth, North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

Forms are also available from reception at North Tyneside Council’s Quadrant Headquarters and consultation forms can be handed in at any children’s centre or Customer First Centre.

Jean Griffiths, North Tyneside Council’s head of children, young people and learning, said: “We need to make sure that our children’s centre services are available to all families who wish to access them, but at the same time we need to ensure they are reaching our most vulnerable children.

“This work aims to make sure we have a fit-for-purpose and sustainable children’s centre service for the future. With rising demands for services, but reduced resources, we must make sure that as well as providing a universal service, we focus our work where it’s needed most.”