More than one hundred guests gathered at the Pakistani Community Centre last weekend as the new initiative ‘W Childcare’ was launched in Bradford.

The new Ofsted regulated after-school club is the first of its kind to be held at the establishment, on Jervaulx Crescent, Bradford, where children as young as five can enjoy state-of-the-art education every weekday after school and on Saturdays.

Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, was the guest of honour at the official launch, presiding over the grand opening and praising the project.

Issuing an impassioned speech on the need to encourage children to excel in education, Cllr Hussain commended W Childcare on the initiative.

Nazim Ali, who is a qualified Careers Adviser by profession and is a prolific community activist, spoke at the event and acted as compere for the proceedings.

As a local resident, Mr Ali said: “I was honoured to have been approached to be the event compere.

“Education is so important for all children, and the access to it is crucial. I only wish that I had access to such provision when I was growing up.”

WINNER: Haleema Zen won one month’s free tuition at the after school club, worth more than £200
WINNER: Haleema Zen won one month’s free tuition at the after school club, worth more than £200

Meanwhile, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Imran Hussain, also issued a statement, which was read on his behalf, praising the project describing W Childcare as a ‘great initiative’ which receives his ‘full support’.

Tuition is available for older attendees at W Childcare, up to the age of 15, with help offered towards GCSEs in subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Arabic and Religious Studies. The Saturday Club will include extra-curricular activities such as educational visits to museums, archery, horse riding and honey making.

At the official launch, on the 12th January, almost £250 was raised in support of Syrian refugees, a charity which attendee Dr Hadia Aslam, who works closely with the individuals involved, spoke about passionately.

Youngster, Haleema Zeb won one month of free tuition to the value of £240 and received her voucher from the Lord Mayor.

Also taking place on the day were free events for children, such as bouncy castle, face painting, henna, stalls and refreshments, whilst parents and the Lord Mayor were taken on a guided tour by the W Childcare staff.