Whether you are a new mum wanting to make friends or a struggling parent needing support, children’s’ centres are an invaluable free service to many caring for children.
Except they are nothing of the kind…
However, government cuts and financial instability has meant Essex’s children’s centres have been in an uncertain position.
From April next year children’s centres as we know them will cease to exist.
Oh noes! Terrible Toree Cutz!
We visited Northlands Park Children’s Centre, in Pitsea, to ask mums who use this vital service and find out why it is important to them.
Why not ask the people who actually pay for it? They might give you a rather different slant…
Kelly Freegard, 38, from Montsale, Pitsea, visits with her son Marshall.
She said: “I have an older son Leigh who is 11 and we used to go to the centre when he was a couple of months old.
“After I had Marshall it was a bit different because he had his brother to play with so I didn’t come to the sessions.
“I have started coming now because he is at an age where he just loves being around other kids and is really sociable.
“When I ask if he wants to go to play group he gets all excited and goes and gets his shoes!”
Well, we wouldn’t want poor little Marshall to be disappointed, would we? Dig deep, taxpayer!