Childminders’ bid for Smile toy cash

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A childminders’ group is hoping a cash boost would help make sessions more fun by providing new toys for their young charges.

Around seven or eight childminders get together each week at Spalding Youth Centre to socialise and support each other while the children in their care have a chance to play.

But the group is currently very short of resources for the youngsters to enjoy – and has applied to Spalding Round Table’s Smile Fund for £500 to make their sessions more toy-tastic.

One of the childminders, Janet Lewis said: “We have a few things like books and toy cars but no sit and ride toys or other learning games, which would make the sessions much more fun for the children and help meet the early years foundation curriculum.”

The drop-in sessions are open to all childminders and run all year round, including school holidays. Children at the sessions range in age from a few months through to 12 during school holidays.

Mrs Lewis added: “As a childminder you can spend quite a lot of time on your own so these sessions are just a way for us to get together and offer advice and support to each other as well as just have a cuppa and a chat.

“All childminders are welcome to just drop in at the youth centre on Wednesdays from 10am to noon.”

For more information contact Mrs Lewis on 01775 766153.

Other applications include:

Moulton Harrox pre-school, £500, for outdoor overalls and a welly stand.

Spalding Parish Day School, £500, for travel costs for a choirconcert.

Linda Sharp, £600, for a new bed, couch and chair.

Jayne Dean, £285, for Brownies badge books, adventure books and book bags;

Friends of St Norberts School, £500, towards a new eco-garden project at the school.