Relief for town as out-of-school childcare saved

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WORKING parents in Winslow can breathe a sigh of relief, as the town’s out-of-school care provision has been saved.

We reported last month that the town’s Buzz Clubs, which provide before and after-school care for children, could be facing closure due to a fall in numbers attending the club.

But this week it was announced that wraparound care will continue in September, under the umbrella of the Winslow Playgroup, based in the Winslow Youth Centre in Avenue Road.

Buzz Clubs manager Ruth Slater told the Advertiser: “We close on August 9, which is our last playscheme. We will resign our Ofsted registration and the charity will be dissolved.

“Winslow Playgroup has extended its opening hours to incorporate wraparound care, and that arm of the provision will be led by me.”

Ofsted has given its approval and the playgroup will reopen, offering wraparound provision for children aged from two to 11, on September 6.

Mrs Slater will operate a walking bus to and from Winslow Combined School.

She said: “I feel excited for the new challenges that lie ahead and relieved for the parents that would have been left without wraparound care.”

About 60 families currently use the Buzz Clubs’ breakfast and after-school clubs.

Playgroup leader Judith Majaika said: “We’re delighted to have Ruth on board and to be able to offer the wraparound care that parents in Winslow need.”

Mayor of Winslow Llew Monger said: “I’m delighted that this valuable service will be able to continue. This will be a cost effective solution which secures wraparound care in Winslow and expands the service provided by the playgroup.”

The wheel has come full circle for the Buzz Clubs, which started life at the Winslow Youth Centre in 2001, before moving to its more recent premises at Winslow Combined School in 2006.

Mrs Slater said she had operated a walking bus from the youth centre for five years.

She said: “I was trained by Bucks County Council and I will be continuing to use their risk-assessed walk.

“I will be training all the team during the holidays.”

And she added that PCSO Wendy Taylor is keen to walk with the children whenever possible, along with her teddy bear ‘assistant’, Rupert.

Contact the Buzz Clubs on 07887 744890 or email ruthbuzzclub@yahoo.com