Corby children's centre to set up training programme

A children's centre in Northamptonshire has been chosen to lead a national teacher training programme.

Pen Green Research Base in Corby will run a project that aims to give the very young a better start in life.

The centre will receive £400,000 over two years to provide training to other groups across the country.

Dr Margy Whalley, director of research said: "The funding will help to set up training days and plan new training programmes."

Pen Green will be working with 16 other centres across England to share knowledge and offer support to each other.

"We will be setting up a national network of early year teaching centres so that there will be one or two in every region in England," said Dr Whalley.

The centre recently had funding issues when Northamptonshire Schools Forum proposed to cut £1.1m from its budget over three years.

But it was decided in July of 2011 that the funding would be secure until April 2012.

Heather Donayou, who heads Pen Green Centre said: "Though this project doesn't secure our future we are delighted to be a part of it."

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