Out of School Club
Background to Project
In December 1990 three women working for local government training scheme in Machynlleth identified the need for quality pre-school childcare.
They were meeting women who wished to return to work after being at home with their children for a couple of years, while others wanted to particpate in part-time or full-time training schemes. The majority of these women felt prohibited from re-training or entering the workforce due to the lack of an available Nursery facility. The Machynlleth Community Children's project was established in 1991 by a group of local parents who wanted to increase the availability of quality childcare in the local community. At this time it catered for babies and children up to the ages of 4 years, offering high quality, bilingual pre-school care. They were able to buy second hand play and nursery equipment from Powys Training.
Initially staff were employed in a government training scheme which contributed towards paying for salaries. We also received donations from local individuals, businesses and communityt groups as awell as a small grant to help with start up costs. As the project developed it was recognised that an Out of School Care provision for older chidlren was also needed in the area.
In 1996 with the aid of a National Lottery grant, the Machynlleth Out of School Club was set up in the Community Centre in Machynlleth. The Out of School Club relocated to Ty melfed, adjacent to Ysgol Gynradd, Machynlleth in September 2006. The club offersd escellant value, affordable childcare and play opportunities all year round, for children up to the age of 12 years.
It runs both an After School Club during school term times and a Holiday Play Club during School Holidays.