Although Acorns has been operating in Vigo road for 13 years, it was formally opened as a SureStart Children's Centre by local MP Sir George Young, who cut a cake to mark the event.
"Acorns now offers a much wider range of services - and is at the heart of a range of services tailored to meet the needs of families with children from the ages of 0 to 5. It provides Family Support Outreach Workers that work with families in their homes on a one-to-one basis, as well as providing a nursery for children, particularly those with special needs. It can also signpost families to other agencies."
A Mobile Farm came along to help with the celebrations, including a Kune-Kune pig, some Anglo-Nubian goats, who pruned all the shrubbery, some ducks and geese, and a donkey. Other attractions included a Treasure Basket for each child. These contained a range of objects to help a child develop its manipulative skills, its imagination and its problem solving abilities.
"Tina Monaghan, the Centre Manager and Karen Duke, the Centre Co-ordinator and the team did a great job in putting on this event. A range of stalls were available from organisations such as JobCentre Plus, for parents who needed help and advice."