A Rushden-based charity has taken over the running of 15 children’s centres in Northamptonshire, including eight in Northampton.
Spurgeons took over management of the centres on Monday after Northamptonshire County Council awarded the contracts in May.
Staff at the 15 centres celebrated yesterday by holding afternoon tea parties for local children and their families.
The £2,7 million contract is the largest in Spurgeons’ history and will result in the charity providing early help and prevention services at the 15 children’s centres until at least 2017.
Spurgeons has almost 100 services across the UK, including children’s centres and projects to support young carers, teenage parents and families affected by the criminal justice system.
Ross Hendry, the newly appointed chief executive who joined Spurgeons last month, said: “We’re delighted to now be working with Northamptonshire County Council and to have the opportunity to run children’s centres on our doorstep.
“We are very much looking forward to meeting all our new colleagues and families and helping to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across Northamptonshire.”
The children’s centres in Northampton now managed by Spurgeons are: Camrose Children’s Centre, Duston Children’s Centre, Hunsbury Children’s Centre, Kingsthorpe Grove Children’s Centre, Parklands Children’s Centre, Penfold Children’s Centre, Upton Meadows Children’s Centre and Wootton Children’s Centre.