OK computer!

The suite was officially opened by the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Neil Taylor, during a ceremony attended by Leader of the Council, Councillor Marie Rimmer, West Park Councillors, the Fair Share Trust Panel and representatives from the Community Foundation for Merseyside, along with parents and staff from Newtown and representatives from the council's Neighbourhoods Team.
The suite was officially opened by the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Neil Taylor, during a ceremony attended by Leader of the Council, Councillor Marie Rimmer, West Park Councillors, the Fair Share Trust Panel and representatives from the Community Foundation for Merseyside, along with parents and staff from Newtown and representatives from the council's Neighbourhoods Team.

PRE-SCHOOL youngsters in Newtown have access to some state-of-the-art IT – thanks to a grant from the Fair Share Trust Fund.

The £10,000 grant has helped create the We’ve Had Our Fair Share mini IT Suite at Newtown Pre-School in Devon Street, complete with four touch screen computers specially designed for the under fives.

New storage units help create the IT suite ‘look’ while special software encourages interaction and develops speech skills.

The technology has a vital role to play in the development of communication, language and literacy skills at Newtown – where there are children with a range of disabilities and from several different ethnic backgrounds.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth said: “Many learners, especially those with physical, sensory or cognitive difficulties find it difficult to use a mouse.

“Touch screens provide a simple, direct and wholly intuitive method of accessing a computer – the user can watch a touch screen and use it as an input method so there is a direct connection between the action and the result.”