New mobile crèche will encourage parents with young children to return to work

By Jayne Garfitt
Nottingham Evening Post 17th September 2010.

A mobile crèche is aiming to help parents with young children get back in to work.

The service will be used by organisations offering training and advice for jobseekers, so they have somewhere to leave their children while getting help.

The crèche is being run by the team behind the Bulwell Community Toy Library and has already been booked by a number of groups, including the Bulwell Academy, which launched the Government School Gates Employment Support Initiative on Tuesday.

The project aims to support families through the economic downturn and increase the amount of support parents receive while finding work.

Extended services co-ordinator Marie Wilkinson, of Bulwell Academy, said: “We chose the new mobile crèche service because the toy library’s staff are all highly qualified when it comes to looking after babies and young children.

“Local parents know the toy library well and will be confident to leave their children at the crèche, which means they’ll be able to make the most of the opportunities offered at the event.”

The mobile crèche is available now and costs £33 an hour, including staff and equipment.

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is the UK’s largest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK and its Nottingham branch plans to use the crèche when it runs new “return to work” courses for parents.

Nottingham City Organiser for the WEA, Alan Carter-Davies, said: “Providing an on-site crèche will mean that more parents will be able to attend our courses.

“Lack of childcare is one of the main reasons why parents with young children find it difficult to attend training courses, so having a crèche will make a really big difference to the numbers of people we can help back into work.”

To find out more or for a quotation contact Steve Parkinson on 0115 975 3898 or e-mail steve@toy-library.

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