Charity Barnardo’s is new childcare provider for Gunthorpe

Health and Social Care / 30 Jun 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's is set to move into Gunthorpe Family Centre as the local community's new childcare provider.

The appointment follows the charity’s successful application to Peterborough City Council for the provision of early years, before and after-school, and school holiday childcare. 

Barnardo’s will assume the role previously provided by Funbase and develop the childcare offer for families from September.

Eight early years and childcare providers applied for the opportunity to operate services from the centre with Barnardo’s making the shortlist of four. They were successfully interviewed by members of the council’s early years and childcare service and ward councillor Julia Davidson on 21 June. 

Barnardo’s has pledged to provide a stable, secure and relaxed setting where parents and carers feel satisfied to leave their children.

Karen Hingston, the council’s head of early years & childcare said: “Barnardo’s is a great appointment who will make full use of the centre by operating the full range of childcare for children between the ages of 2 and 12. This includes pre-school care, breakfast and after school care and school holiday clubs. 

“We appreciate that this has been an anxious time for some parents but truly believe that the new arrangement will bring wider benefits for the whole community with early years care included in the offer for the first time.”

Lynn McNish, Barnardo’s Children’s Services Manager in Peterborough said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver childcare in Gunthorpe and will work closely with parents, families and the current providers in the area to ensure a smooth transition.

“We have an experienced and committed staff team in Peterborough who will support with the transfer and will ensure that families feel confident that their children remain our top priority during this time.”

Funbase will cease to provide a service from Gunthorpe Family Centre on 18 August and Barnardo’s are currently consulting with staff who wish to remain at the centre.

The Barnardo’s service is planned to commence on Monday 18 September following a four-week period for refurbishment and some minor modification to the building. The service will run between 7am and 6pm each weekday and during school holidays.

Consultations and discussions with families currently using the centre will commence prior to the end of term and during the summer holiday period.