THREE schemes in Wrexham are set to share a windfall of more than £450,000.
The projects at Caia Park, Brynteg Primary School and Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre have received the award from the New Opportunities Fund to create the county's first Integrated Children's Centre.
These centres bring together a range of services that support the needs of both children and their families - providing childcare, pre-school learning, family support, health promotion, open access play, training and IT facilities for the community.
Wrexham's award will be distributed between the three locations.
In Caia Park an extension will be built at the Venture Centre to create Caia Park and Queen-sway Integrated Children's Centre.
At the new-look centre local children will be able to look forward to joining breakfast and after-school clubs. These clubs will help support working parents in the area.
The new ICC will not only provide quality childcare facilities but will also support continued learning for those of all ages in the community.
Residents can look forward to a varied programme of study at the centre thanks to activities such as holistic arts and crafts programmes.
Brynteg Primary School is also to be extended to create new community resources at the school. Families can look forward to holiday clubs and playgroups at the new-look school.
The fund will also provide recreational opportunities for youngsters in Wrexham. At Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre a new play area for children will be created and the centre will also act as a base for a new Welsh medium playgroup.
'Supporting the building of Integrated Children's Centres is the latest initiative in complementing our aim to create good quality childcare in the most disadvantaged areas of Wales,' said Tom Davies, New Opportunities Fund board member.
'This programme allows us to give more parents access to childcare and to provide quality activities for young people. The benefits of the ICC will literally last a lifetime.'