Parents who don’t work nine-to-five and have problem with childcare have been given a lifeline thanks to the opening of a new nursery.
Kozy Cottage Childcare in Cramlington opens early and closes late to allow parents who work shifts to benefit from professional care for their children.
The idea came about after joint owner Claire Reynolds struggled with childcare when she was a nurse.
She said: I was a nurse before and found it really hard to find child care.
“When I became a childminder I chose to work seven days a week early morning and late nights and it has been a huge benefit to a number of families.”
Kozy Cottage is based at Enterprise Court on the Nelson Industrial Estate and already has 40 children, despite only being launched last Monday.
Claire and her business partner Kate Fuller charge by the hour to allow more flexibility to parents.
Claire said: “Some people would be picking their kids up at 4pm and getting charged a half day rate until 6pm.”
The nursery has a homely set up about it, with a dining and living room area with sofas, which means all the children can interact and play together.
But there are sections where very young children can have their own space to play with baby toys and older ones can have a private room where they can play air hockey or sit and do their home work.
Kate said: “We orginially started out working in our homes, but that became too much and we wanted to bring what we had set up at home in to here.”
Both Claire and Kate are fully qualified childminders and have an Early Years Foundation Stage profile.
They offer a varied activity plan for the children and take them on play and activity days.
Kozy Cottage Childcare was helped by WHSmith, which provided educational learning toys to the centre when it opened.