A GROUP of playschool leaders who had been going back to school to learn even more about children received Pre-School Playgroup Foundation Certificates in July 1988.

KIDS: Dean and Josh, both four, playing with toy cars at the new Alphabet playgroup at Dalton in 1994

KIDS: Dean and Josh, both four, playing with toy cars at the new Alphabet playgroup at Dalton in 1994

They were presented by the Mayoress of Barrow Maureen Dick.

The experienced playgroup leaders had learned about child development, language development and how children play.

They also made musical instruments for children.

Most of the women from the Barrow area worked three mornings each week with children and had been attending the 120 hours-long course for lessons once a week.

Course tutor Freda smith said: “It’s a good qualification to have.”

In 1994 the Mail reported that a new playgroup had been formed and opened in Dalton, following a determined effort by a group of mums to raise money to fund the venture.

WALNEY: Walney Central St Columbus and Rain and Shine playgroups receive donations form Walney fire service in 1994 after a wheelie bin push

WALNEY: Walney Central St Columbus and Rain and Shine playgroups receive donations form Walney fire service in 1994 after a wheelie bin push

The Alphabet playgroup, which was staffed by two people, was based at the Methodist Church school room in Wellington Street.

Eighteen children could attend the playgroup, which held three sessions a week.

Alphabet committee vice-chairman Debbie Sewell, of Fell Croft, thanked Dalton county councillor Helene Young and neighbourhood services officer Derek Brook for help with grants.

She also thanked a number of Dalton businesses for their contributions in helping to set up the centre.

"To see it up and running and how proud the mothers were made it all worthwhile," said Mrs Sewell.

Also in 1994 youngsters enjoyed a trip which fired their imagination.

LEARNING: Laura, aged four, at the new Alphabet playgroup at Dalton in 1994

LEARNING: Laura, aged four, at the new Alphabet playgroup at Dalton in 1994

The group from Newton under fives playgroup were treated to the sights and sounds of Dalton Fire Station.

The children got a guided tour of the fire engines and the station itself.

In 1993 to help celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Lowick Playgroup, parent Hilary Thompson baked a special cake - which the youngsters soon made short work of at a birthday bash! The playgroup met every Wednesday between 10am and noon.