South Milton playgroup may be forced to close if more volunteers are not found

By Sam Acourt in Education

THE playgroup held in South Milton Village Hall may be forced to stop operating if they can’t find more volunteers.

Operating on the first and third Thursday of the month, except during school holidays, the group used to be run by parents and then was run by local childminders.

Kim Roberts, who helps to run the group, said: ‘Its in danger of closing as we are short of childminders or we are busy caring for the children who are looking after and cannot offer the time needed to get the group running to its full potential.’

She explained that each week they set up the hall with different toys and have an activity table where they have seasonal themes - January will be Chinese New Year, and the kids can play and then have a snack while the parents can have tea and biscuits, followed by story and singing time.

If the weather is good, the kids can take their trikes and bikes outside in the little outdoor area, and the hall is safe and secure.

Explaining who is needed for the group, Kim said: ‘They wouldn’t need any qualifications but parents would have to be in charge of the care of their own children. Today was quiet there was only 15 children and five adults, minders can have up to three children each.

‘The childminders would still attend, it would just be nice to have someone else to set up and shut, to pick up the snacks and sort out activities, fun things to do with the children, and maybe look into getting new toys and fundraising.

‘These are all things we would love to do, we just don’t have time.’

The cost is 50p for a child aged six months to a year, and £2 once they are older, with two children costing £3 and £3.50 for three to cover the hire of the hall, snacks and insurances. Kim explained they ‘just about make ends meet, although we sometimes make money from raffles at Christmas’.

She said they are always on the look out for newer toys and equipment if anyone has anything they can offer to the group. ?If you think you can help keep the group going, contact Kim on 07894 448135 or email: kimroberts1987@yahoo.co.uk. You can also find Kingsbridge Area Childminders on Facebook.

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