Visit to the fantastic Morley South Children’s Centre


Chatting with parents and childminders at Morley South Children's Centre

Chatting with parents and childminders at Morley South Children's Centre

It was crawling room only at a packed Morley South Children’s Centre on Friday. I joined Jane and her team at the centre beside Seven Hills Primary to meet dozens of local childminders, parents and representatives from the National Childminders Association to hear their views on the big issues of the day. Between finger painting and rounds of ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’, we discussed early years education, access to training and changes to tax credit rules.

Linda Holmes who I met on Friday has been childminding for years and now provides support to less experienced childminders. All our local childminders are supporting other families to balance work and family life. Linda and her colleagues told me that although they love what they do, it can be a lonely job. Our local children’s centres, like the fantastic one, run by Jane and her team by Seven Hills Primary, are an essential lifeline for childminders and families with small children. At the Morley South Children’s Centre, Childminders get together on Mondays for advice and support. And of course the great facilities keep the kids occupied for a few hours too.

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Posted February 10th, 2012 by Ed