A one-stop shop aimed at helping parents raise their children was launched in Birmingham this week.
The Golden Hillock Children’s Centre will provide a full range of services to a part of Small Heath that is home to more than 2,000 youngsters.
It is the latest in the Government-led scheme designed to support parents and help them give their children the best start possible in life so they can go on to get the best out of the education system.
Initially set up in the most deprived areas, Ministers ultimately want children centres to serve every community.
Opening the facility Beverley Hughes, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, said: "It’s exactly the sort of integrated service we want to see for local people, combining high quality childcare and family support alongside training and employment opportunities.
"This new resource will help build a much brighter future for Small Heath."
Councillor Les Lawrence (Con Northfield), Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, at Birmingham City Council, welcomed the new facility, adding: "Children’s centres play an increasingly important role in the communities they serve, acting as a focal point for families to get childcare support as well as personal support on matters ranging from employment to health."
The Golden Hillock Centre - known as the Ghamkol Sharif Academy - is a £3.6 million project which is also shared by City College.
The college will seek to enhance educational opportunities by providing training to the community on the premises.