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County Council 'delighted' with childcare extension

Working parents in Staffordshire will be the first to take advantage of 30 hours of free childcare from September. Credit: PA

Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for children, Mike Lawrence, said he was 'delighted' with the decision to choose the county as one of the eight pilot areas for a childcare extension scheme.

He said it would benefit parents while helping prepare their children for school.

Mike Lawrence said:

“The extension to thirty hours is great news for Staffordshire parents; it helps give their children the best possible start in life and will make a real difference to working families.

“Around 86 per cent of the county’s childcare providers are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, so parents know their children are in safe hands and getting the best start they can.”

– Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for children Mike Lawrence


Weekend Picks: Play with Clay

Play with Clay: Sat 30th - Sun 31st January (World of Wedgwood, Staffordshire)

All visitors will get to have a go behind the potter’s wheel Credit: Primo PR

Visitors can have a go at creating a pottery masterpiece this weekend at the World of Wedgwood. The family friendly event is open to all ages. Skilled workers will be on hand to assist visitors to have a go behind the potter’s wheel.

“People can literally pop in on either the 30th or 31st January to have a go – it’s the perfect activity for anyone out there wanting to start the year by trying something new.”

– Heather Broadhurst, General Manager at the World of Wedgwood

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Weekend Picks: Circus Saturday

Circus Saturday: Sat 30th January (Gladstone Pottery Museum, Staffordshire)

Visitors can try their hands at hula-hooping and juggling Credit: Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum are holding some special circus themed events this weekend.

Visitors can try their hands at hula-hooping, juggling, stilt walking and more in a Circus Skills workshop.

All ages can take part and there will be experts on hand to help.

“We’re really looking forward to our Circus Saturday, it will be a great chance for museum visitors to try a new skill and have some fun”

– Nerys Williams, Audience Development Officer, Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Stoke-on-Trent 'incident': Residents told to stay away

Police officers are on Charnwood Road Credit: Kelly Edwards

Residents in the Meir area of Stoke-on-Trent have been urged to "stay away" from an on-going police "incident".

Staffordshire Police said it is working to "safely resolve" the incident and there is no immediate danger to members of the public.

The force said "there are no further details at present".

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