On Monday 22 October 2018, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde and the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, visited Enterprise Childcare to see the valuable services the social enterprise provides to children and families in Inverclyde first-hand.
Founded in 1991, Enterprise Childcare is a charity and social enterprise childcare provider, which offers childcare places for pre-3s, out of school services for children, a mobile crèche, and a service for children and young people with Autism, aged up to 17. The organisation also provides quality, bespoke training and support as well as SVQ courses for parents, carers, childcare staff and volunteers through their Enterprise Training service.
The first location for the Ministerial visit was to Enterprise Childcare’s Pre-3s Early Learning and Childcare Centre in the Greenock Sports Centre, where Mr McMillan and Ms Todd were able to interact with the children at the nursery and see what facilities they have at the Centre, including their outdoor play area.
The other location for the Ministerial visit was to one of Enterprise Childcare’s Kidz Fun Clubs based behind Lyle Kirk church on the Esplanade, where children were making slime and dressing up as their favourite superheroes.
Commenting, the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said:
“Enterprise Childcare offer an excellent childcare service to families in Inverclyde that is both personal and professional, and it was great to see the children enjoying themselves at both of their facilities.
“While I fully support the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase the Early Learning and Childcare entitlement to 1140 hours per year for children aged 3-5, as well as eligible 2 year-olds, I recognise that families still require childcare for babies, toddlers and school-aged children.
“That is why Enterprise Childcare’s services are so precious, because they offer free pre-3s spaces to students at the West College Scotland Campus in Greenock, which are funded by the college, so parents who want to go to college can do so without worrying about childcare costs.”
Ann Walsh, who is the manager at Enterprise Childcare, said:
“It was a pleasure to have the Minister for Children and Young People and the local MSP come to see Enterprise Childcare’s work in action. We are very proud of the services we provide to children and families in Inverclyde, and after over 27-years in the childcare sector, and despite financial challenges, we hope that we will be able to continue to provide services in the years to come.
The Minister for Children and Young People gave her comments on the visit also:
“It was great to visit Enterprise Childcare in Inverclyde to see the important work they’re doing in supporting local families with childcare, from birth right through to secondary school. We know how many families across Scotland rely on childcare provision like this within their communities and it was good to see first-hand the breadth of services and continuity of care on offer there.”