Hartlepool parents urged to let Oscar help with childcare

Children having fun at the Council-run Oscar play centre, based at West Rugby Club.
Children having fun at the Council-run Oscar play centre, based at West Rugby Club.

Parents in Hartlepool are being offered a range of childcare support services.

As children get set to return to school, Hartlepool Council’s Out of School and Holiday Programme (Oscar) – which has been running for more than 20 years and is rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted – is gearing up to play its role.

The child care provides a fun environment for kids to make friends and learn at the former West Rugby Club building on Catcote Road.

Oscar’s provides an after-school service for children from the ages of three to 16.

From Tuesday, the after-school service sees children collected from school by staff and taken to the playcentre for parents to collect them by 6pm.

Oscar’s also provide full-day care during most school holiday periods and bookings are now being taken for the October half-term, running from October 24 to 30.

Parents are able to drop off their children from 8am with breakfast provided for them on arrival.Kids then embark on an action-packed day of fun and thrills before being collected by parents before 5.45pm.

Sandra Robinson, the council’s out of school coordinator, said: “With West Rugby Club moving into their brand new clubhouse, we’ve now got exclusive use of their former clubhouse, which is fantastic.

“As a parent myself I know how difficult it can be at times to juggle work with looking after children, and Oscar’s has helped ease the pressure for hundreds of parents over the years.”

Anyone interested in viewing the Oscar facilities and talking to staff can do so by prior appointment.  Call 07771 936968 or e-mail s.robinson@hartlepool.gov.uk