New Ayrshire nursery plans to have room for nearly 100 children

The new daycare centers planned for the Centrestage village of Kilmarnock will create around 25 new jobs.

The Early Years and Child Care Center for 56 children and before and after school care for 40 children will also see the creation of four modern apprenticeships.

Children attending the Early Years Center and Wraparound Care can also access Centrestage’s wide range of classes and activities.

Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) is working with Centrestage to create the new facilities.

Susan McGhee, Managing Director of FCSS, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Centrestage on this fantastic project.

“By providing nearly 100 childcare places in an area of ​​multiple deprivation, we can help families find and retain meaningful employment, education and training, further lifting them out of poverty in the short and long term. term.

“The initiatives already implemented by Centrestage and their existing partners will provide even greater support to families, helping to improve their physical and mental well-being and giving them a greater chance of achieving positive outcomes for themselves and for the whole family. »

The 56 person capacity early learning and child care facility will be delivered using FCSS’ existing flexible child care model.

This model means families can book hourly childcare and use their 1140 hours flexibly, which will help parents be more efficient with their funded hours, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds. each month.

The FCSS will also create 40 places for children of school age before, after school and during school holidays.

By combining these two services, parents will be able to obtain childcare when they need it, helping them find and pursue meaningful employment, education or training.

In addition to these new childcare services, FCSS will provide wraparound support services to reduce pressure on families and provide holistic, nurturing, family-friendly service.

The charity will create a children’s clothing exchange, a toy library and a number of other initiatives identified by service users, which could include pediatric first aid training, parenting classes and repair programmes, reuse and recycling.

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Children, young people and families attending these services will have access to the wide range of activities and events that take place at the Centrestage Village.

These include dance, drama, music, singing sessions, fitness and sports activities.

Fiona McKenzie, Founder of Centrestage, said, “Many of the families we aim to support face multiple barriers that prevent them from living happy and meaningful lives within their community.

“One in three children in the region are classified as living in extreme poverty and throughout COVID they have been negatively impacted even more.

“This FCSS project will make childcare and complementary activities more accessible and affordable for low-income families. Many families who will use the service belong to priority family groups most at risk of living in poverty, including single-parent families, families with a disabled adult or child, ethnic minority families, and families whose mother is under 25. .”

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Dora W. Clawson