Woodberry Down Children’s Centre to be transformed
Work has begun to transform the Grade II listed Woodberry Down Children’s Centre Early Years building, which will provide a new home for Lilliput Playgroup, a crèche and more training facilities for adults and young people.
An extension will be built on the current site to provide a new space for children under five and “stay and play facilities” to allow for a wider range of activities.
As well as a new purpose built crèche, improvements will also allow for day care and more adult learning and group work for adults and young people, with consulting rooms and more services to be delivered on-site
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play, visited the centre last week to mark building work getting under way.
Children from Woodberry Down Children's Centre join the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play, Cllr Caroline Woodley, as work begins on the expanded children's centre.
All photos by Sean Pollock.
This is a really important project that will improve a hugely important facility for young people and their families. It demonstrates our commitment to responsible regeneration - working with the community to ensure a fair recovery after the pandemic and that local people are the first to benefit from any changes.
We know how much children, parents and carers value 'stay and play' and benefit from group work that offers whole family support. We are really glad these improvements will enable us to offer these services and opportunities in Woodberry Down.
The centre improvements are being funded through direct Council investment and funding from by Berkeley Homes, lead developer for the Woodberry Down regeneration. Woodberry Down Children’s Centre and Lilliput Playgroup will remain open during the work, which is expected to take 18 months to complete.
For more information on the centre visit https://education.hackney.gov.uk/school/woodberry-down-childrens-centre