Staff step forward to launch new playgroup in Winslow

New wraparound care service in Winslow. From the left, Jasmine Ogden, Ben Townsend and Sophie Wakeman.'131127M-E381
New wraparound care service in Winslow. From the left, Jasmine Ogden, Ben Townsend and Sophie Wakeman.'131127M-E381

Two Winslow women are setting up a new wraparound childcare service, after news last week that Winslow Playgroup is to close.

The playgroup, which also offered the Buzz Clubs before and after-school provision, closes today, after no parents stepped forward to serve on its management committee.

Now Sophie Wakeman, aged 23, and 21-year-old Jasmine Ogden have set up a limited company and appliedfor Ofsted registration for a new service, Rising Stars Daycare and Out-of-School Care.

Working with them will be 18-year-old Ben Townsend, also from Winslow.

Miss Ogden used to work at the Buzz Clubs and Miss Wakeman has worked at Winslow Playgroup since 2010.

Miss Wakeman is also in her final year studying for a degree in working with children and young people.

She said: “I really love my job at the playgroup. I love the people I work with and I love the kids. But it will be nice to have our own stamp on a business. We have got a lot of ideas. We’re so excited.

“We’ve been really pleased with the level of support we’ve had from parents.”

The new service will be based at Winslow Scout Hut, which Miss Wakeman said is a better location than the Youth Centre for the group.

She said: “The Scout Hut is all on one level, it’s free flow to the outside and that’s really important. And it’s much safer – there are no roads to cross walking to school, you just go up the redway. And we can use the field behind so we can have a proper game of football.”

Until registration is approved, the group is allowed to run an emergency service, offering a maximum of two hours care per child per day.

Contact Miss Wakeman on 07842 236130 or email sophie.wakeman@btinternet.com