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The Tiddlywinks Centre


Outside shotTiddlywinks developed a derelict works department site to create a local community based childcare provision. Tiddlywinks is a not-for-profit charitable company, which began life as a small community toddler group in 1997 organised by local people.

The Arbourthorne estate is a recognised priority area and has substantially high levels of unemployment; low-income and a large proportion of lone parent families.

Tiddlywinks Centre opened in April 2005 and works within the local Children Centre partnership and currently serves around 156 families.

The site provides a 65 place full day care provision, and 16 places for holiday play care.

In September 2013, Tiddlywinks extended the provision to deal with the demand of children being eligible for the 2 Year Old Free Early Learning, which also helps the centre being sustainable since losing sustainability funding from the local authority.

Read about Tiddlywinks’ History