Our SEED Centre is the focal point of our work at KIND and central to the achievement of our education aims. Developed in two phases over a ten-year period, our SEED Centre transformed a derelict inner city site into a state of the art, eco-friendly, multi-purpose education and community resource.
Opened in January 2008, the Centre primarily supports the needs and aspirations of local children, with our dedicated in-house teaching staff leading and developing an innovative programme of year-round education and community projects.
Through partnerships with local referral agencies, schools and education organisations, we offer learning and skill development opportunities for children aged 5-12 for a range of different backgrounds. We help them by offering a programme of fun, exciting and educational activities, services and experiences structured to help support children’s immediate and long-term development and which inspire and empower them to be able to make changes in their everyday lives.
The centre has been designed and developed so that each of its key features will help to bring the learning experience to life in an exciting teaching environment. The centre itself is a fit for purpose ‘green’ building, constructed using recycled materials from sustainable sources, which illustrates environmental and recycling issues: photoelectric cells and solar panels providing electricity, rainwater collected for re-use in the centre and garden being just two examples.
There is an extensive garden area incorporating a range of plant life, a wildlife pond and a roof garden allotment. Here children can explore and learn about plant life and garden inhabitants, how plants develop from seedling to flower, where our food comes from and how to grow your own vegetables.
Inside the centre, as well as the modern classroom facilities, there is also a training kitchen to develop cooking skills using produce from the allotment, promoting healthy eating and an understanding of nutrition. Our centre also has a large multi-purpose health & wellbeing space where children can undertake a range of healthy lifestyle activities