A new extension at Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho was opened on 04 September. The extension was mainly funded through a Council Community Grant and a grant from the National Lottery.

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho’s new extension will allow them to significantly improve their facilities and also increase the number of childcare places available. The new extension was opened by the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris.

The extension was funded through a combination of local fundraising contributions and events as well as a £15,000 Council Community Grant and a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. Other contributions include £400 from Mudiad Meithrin, £150 from Lledrod Community Council and £4,800 was raised by Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho itself.

Councillor Catrin Miles, the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services said, “Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho has been able to make very effective use of the Council’s Community Grant and other funding to make a valuable addition to their Cylch. I’m sure the youngsters will be excited to see the new extension and will benefit greatly from the extra space.”

The purpose of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to increase the range of facilities, activities and opportunities within Ceredigion. Each application can be awarded up to a maximum grant of lower than 50% of the project cost or the amount required to fund the project deficit, up to a maximum of £25,000. The Community Grant is designed to support communities in Ceredigion by providing grant money to allow communities to fund the rest themselves or by attracting additional or match-funding from another source.

Graham Parker, Chairman of Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho said, “This has been a great example of local fundraising being supported by Ceredigion Council Community Grants and the National Lottery and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed towards our extension fund. This will deliver a tremendous benefit to the local community by improving facilities for the children, increasing the number of childcare places available for parents and also increasing local employment opportunities.”

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho is one of many Ceredigion childcare providers who have registered as providers of the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer which launched on 1 September in Ceredigion. The offer of Welsh Government funded childcare is available for eligible working parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children for up to 30 hours per week and will be available for up to 48 weeks of the year. Parents interested in registering for the offer should visit the Council’s website on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.