EXTERNAL work on the new extension at the Oaktree Centre in Rhyl is now complete, with new fencing and a canopy installed.

The internal work on the extension was finished in October, with children having been able to use the new facility since September 2023.

To celebrate the opening, an open day was organised to show both children and parents the new facility, with the proceeds raised from the event being donated to Pantri Bach.

The extension has been funded using Welsh Government capital funding and is in line with their ‘Prosperity for All’ commitment to introduce community learning centres, which provide extended services with childcare, parenting support, family learning and community access to facilities built around the school day.

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The new extension and facilities have enabled the centre to deliver additional places, which are split between English and Welsh medium provision.

Councillor Gill German, deputy leader and lead member for education, children and families, said: “What a lovely way to celebrate the opening of this fantastic extension to the Oaktree Centre, with the funds raised for the wonderful Pantri Bach, which supports families in our community all year round.

“I’m so glad to see this extension and new outdoor area complete thanks to partnership working with Welsh Government, who have funded these improvements through the Flying Start Capital Grant.

“Giving our children the best possible start in life is a key priority for Denbighshire County Council and Welsh Government alike, so it is hugely pleasing to see this work create extra places for children in the community, including early education in the Welsh language in the newly established Cylch.

“I’d like to thank all of the staff who have worked hard on this project and for putting together such a lovely open day.”