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Creche course in Olympic activities.

THE world's most elite athletes are not the only ones preparing for the Rio Olympics. In Gateshead, a team of dedicated workers are preparing to flex their creative muscles ahead of summer activities for children and families based on this sporting event.

Creche Mobile, a children's play service which provides a range of activities in a host of locations, via its double-decker bus, has weeks of Olympicthemed crafts lined up in Gateshead including making laurel wreaths, torches and medals.

Ann Blackie, who manages the charity, said: "We always have great fun with the children in the summer and this year will be extra special as they get to learn about the Olympics and achieving their own goals as well as enjoying being creative.

"However, we are open for business all year round. We joined the Chamber to let people know we can provide readymade creches for anytime, anywhere they may need childcare either on the bus or in a venue of their choice. There have been great networking opportunities at the events we have attended and it is always great to hear other people's business experiences."

Lynsey Fairless, senior relationship manager, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: "Creche Mobile is definitely one of our more unusual members but provide a service that is really invaluable, especially for corporate days where childcare can be a problem."

The service was established as a charity three years ago after operating as part of Gateshead Council for more than 20 years.

It delivers its service from a bespoke PS250k double-decker bus which was supported by the Community Foundation.

Since it first began its mobile service, Creche Mobile has provided more than 20,000 creches and looked after 13,000 children at everything from weddings to summer fairs.

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<B Creche Mobile's Lisa Hunter with four-year-old Thomas McCaughey whose mum Sarah was attending a Family Learning course

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2016
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