Just to introduce myself to those of you who have not already met me, my name is Marianne but most people know me as Maz. I have taken over Creche from the lovely Nicky, who I know will be greatly missed. My previous experience in child care (apart from having two sons myself) has ranged from room leader in a baby room to managing a small nursery and most recently I became a self employed child carer in the home, working with The Family Information Centre. I am qualified to NVQ Level 3, Ofsted Registered,insured and hold a paediatric first aid certificate. It’s a bit like being a nanny but irregular hours! I was then lucky enough to be introduced to Alive by Joe, so now I do a bit of both. I have been here a couple of months already. Its gone so fast and I am enjoying meeting all the regular children and parents. I have also had a couple of new children to the creche in the last month but we do have plenty of space for more! So, if you have any children up to 8yrs old and would like to use any facilities whilst your children are safe and having fun, then please come and see me. We are so lucky to have a creche,there are very few gyms locally that do and if anyone out there uses childcare they will know that we offer very reasonable rates.
We have lots of toys for various age groups and I never say no to a request. The children decide what they would like to play with and there are also plenty of books if they fancy a story. I always ensure there is play dough, sand/water play and painting to hand in the messy area. We follow Ofsted guidelines for our ratios too, so you know we won’t be overcrowded and the children will have enough attention.
As the schools have now finished for the summer its worth remembering that we take school age children up to 8yrs (INCLUSIVE!) so if you usually come to the
gym whilst your children are at school and you are wondering how you will manage for the holidays….look no further! They are welcome to bring snacks and any
toys they would like from home. During the holidays I will be bringing my face paints in and planning some craft activities for the older age groups so don’t send them in their best clothes please!
At present the creche is only open from 9am-1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I do occasionally stay later if there is a demand. We are also considering offering Wednesdays and possibly weekend creche so watch this space! You can book up to a week in advance and there is no charge for cancellations if they are made at least 24 hours prior to the booked slot. You can choose one hour, one and a half or two hours of care so if you want to chill out and catch your breath before you come to collect them you can. Please feel free to come and check the creche out,those of you that have not yet seen it will be impressed, I guarantee you. Those of you that already use creche, please feel free to make any request or suggestions.
Hope to see you and your children soon!