Childcare service with difference is launched

A social enterprise that offers community-based childcare has launched thanks to support from Northumbria County Council and the Key Fund.

Spinning Tops in Seaton Delaval received a £12,000 loan support as part of a ground-breaking partnership between the council and social investor.

The fund provides affordable loan finance to social enterprises.

Northumberland County Council joined forces with the Key Fund – Britain’s leading regional community development finance institution – to deliver bespoke support to social enterprises in the region.

Spinning Tops, led by Melanie Guy, Marsha Storey and Lisa Turnbull, will implement the early years’ curriculum and accommodate 30 children.

It also provides an activity centre with a soft play café, and community activities for parents and under fives to build support networks and develop skills, and childcare for parents returning to work or training.

Melanie, childcare director of Spinning Tops, said: “There was a very immediate and pressing demand for a nursery in the area, with up to 500 new houses being built in Seaton Delaval alone, and we are really motivated to see all children in the community have access to affordable and high quality play and early education activities.

“We are passionate that the early years are crucial for securing positive futures for children in our community, from healthy eating to educational success.”