It’s party time


CHRISTMAS came early this week for children attending a council-run after school and holiday club.

Dozens of children aged three to 16 regularly attend the Oscar Playcentre facility based at West Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, to help ease the pressure on working parents.

Children were treated to a mini-Christmas dinner, disco and party games to celebrate the festive season with their friends.

Oscar’s is run by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Sandra Robinson, the council’s out of school co-ordinator, said: “We have a great group of children who attend the Oscar Playcentre and they fully deserved their pre-Christmas treat.

“Staff prepared a traditional mini-Christmas dinner and they all wore party hats to get in the Christmas spirit.

“The meal was followed by a disco and party games which all the children enjoyed and they all went home with a gift to open on Christmas Day.”

Oscar’s after-school service involves staff picking up children from school and transporting them to the Catcote Road centre where they take part in a wide range of educational and fun activities. Parents then have until 6pm to collect their children.

The scheme also operates during most school holidays when parents are able drop off their children from 8.00am with breakfast provided for them on arrival. They then embark on an action-packed day of fun and thrills prior to being collected by parents by 5.45pm.

The after school and holiday programme based at West Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, was recently hailed as “outstanding” following a visit from Ofsted inspectors.

The service caters for children aged three to 16.

Anyone wishing to book, view the Oscar Playcentre facilities or if they want more information about what is available, should email or call 07771936968 when it re-opens on Monday, January 6.