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New children's centre to be built

A £4m children's centre providing specialist health, community and educational support is to be built in Bristol.

Occupational, physio and speech therapy, disability nursing and family support will be core activities at the Bluebell Valley, Avonmouth, facility.

Work is due to start next year to bring together the Four Villages Children's Centre and the newly amalgamated Bluebell Valley Nursery School and Weston Park Primary school.

Children up to the age of 11, and those with severe learning difficulties up to the age of seven, will receive a range of specialist help under one roof rather than having to travel to appointments across the city.

Says Nick Batchelar, city council service director for learning, achievement and schools: "We know that families with very young children like to see co-ordinated services, ideally offered together in one location.

"At Bluebell Valley, parents with babies, toddlers, or school children, will benefit from seamless education, specialist healthcare and advice services, right through until secondary school."

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