Students at Bath College are opening a new crèche and gym facilities offering parents affordable childcare and the opportunity to develop their health and fitness.
As part of the launch, the crèche and the gym are free for parents until the end of December, when affordable prices will be introduced.
Organised by level 2 childcare and sport students, the new project will allow parents to drop off their children at the crèche and visit the college gym, which is open to the public for the first time.
Students on Bath College’s level 2 fitness study programme will be on hand to offer training advice during gym sessions from November 7 on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Kate Hobbs, Interim Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Care, said, “At Bath College, we place a strong emphasis on employability skills. Many of our students work in the community undertaking valuable work experience placements at local schools and nurseries.
“The gym and the crèche will provide students with another opportunity to experience a real working environment, supporting many aspects of their programme of study. Students working in both areas will develop their skills under supervision from their tutors and with the support of our second year childcare students. They will be working with people on a regular basis, as well as providing a service, giving them the opportunity to become more employable and experts in their own sector.”
Childcare students at the crèche are planning an exciting range of activities, including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory exploration and story times.
Lecturer in Early Years Abigail Holt said: “The team have been working hard over the summer to transform the crèche. We have been painting and sourcing resources to make the space stimulating and enjoyable for the children. The room is bright and spacious, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action. I’m looking forward to seeing the students develop into skilled practitioners using their classroom knowledge in practice.”
The crèche and gym, at Bath College’s city centre campus, will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 11am. This is available on an advance booking basis and is subject to availability.
There will be up to 13 level 2 childcare students managing each session, with space available for 12 children (from six weeks to five-year-olds).