New community centre for Kilcullen

Plans are progressing for a new community childcare and family centre in Kilcullen, which will provide a state-of-the-art building with a wide range of child and family services.

Plans are progressing for a new community childcare and family centre in Kilcullen, which will provide a state-of-the-art building with a wide range of child and family services.

Philip Lynch, who lives near Kilcullen, has recently been appointed as voluntary chair of the organisation.

Iseult O’Donoghue, vice chair of the Childcare Centre group welcomed his appointment noting: “We are very happy Philip Lynch has agreed to come on board to develop a Childcare and Family Centre for Kilcullen.

“His experience and expertise will be crucial in helping us bring this worthwhile project to fruition.

“The project had a severe setback in 2010 when funding for the centre was lost, but we have identified a new funding source now and are confident the centre will be built in 2012.”

The new centre will provide a range of early childhood educational facilities, including a crèche, pre-school playgroup and after school childcare.

It will also take a holistic whole-family approach with the facilities being utilised for training and educational opportunities for parents.

As the centre will be not-for-profit, fees for services will be kept at an affordable rate for everyone in the community.

The childcare and family centre will be built within the grounds of Kilcullen Community Centre on the site of the existing Community Playgroup, which will be incorporated into the new Centre.

The lease for the land on which the Centre is to be built is being donated free of charge by the Community Centre.

Kilcullen has a large number of sporting and educational facilities on land owned by the Cross and Passion Congregation and given to the community at no cost.

The budget for the project is in the region of n650,000 and fundraising has begun. Anyone interested in being kept informed or becoming involved in the project can contact www.kilcullencommunityplaygroup.com.