The new Richmond Street premises for the Longford County Childcare Committee (LCCC) was bustling with activity last Thursday as parents, local councillors, supporters and childcare providers all gathered to celebrate the official opening of the brand new office.
“We relocated here on the first of December with the help of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Longford County Council and Pobal and obviously various vendors and different organisations around Longford town,” said Acting Co-ordinator of LCCC Carrieann Belton.
“We were in the Enterprise Centre before and it was great to be able to find this premises here and work with the landlord to get it renovated and be part of this part of the town and part of the regeneration of this part of the town.
“It’s great to be able to be in the town as well for footfall for families and parents and providers. We’re more accessible now.
“We’re delighted. We have our own training room here. We have our offices here and we’re able to provide our services and support to providers and parents around the county."
The office, which was opened by Longford Chamber of Commerce President Niamh Donlon, is now in a fantastic location on Richmond Street which Ms Belton says is essential for the high standard of services that LCCC provides.
“It is so important because now parents are able to access us by coming into the offices,” she said.
“We’re on their doorstep in the town - especially for parents that don’t have transportation. So that’s really important for us, being in the centre of the town here.”
Staff at LCC pride themselves on providing advice and assistance to existing and potential childcare providers, to childminders and those thinking of childminding, and to parents, on all childcare issues for children between the ages of 0 and 14.
For more information, see www.longfordchildcare.ie
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