Supporting childcare services to improve training and employment opportunities for families
Billingham–based Smiles North East offers assistance to people with young children who need childcare support in order to move into training/ employment.
Founded in 2015, the group delivers childcare and early years education (EYE) across Billingham and Norton, benefitting the parents, support the development of local children and solving a childcare shortage issue in the area.
Tees Valley Community Foundation awarded £2189 to purchase play equipment for the nursery, which also offers breakfast, after-school club, and holiday club provision. Profits from the nursery are used both for self sustainability, and also to benefit the local area, including supporting people in need of a little extra childcare help while moving into training and employment.