A FRIENDLY toddler group run by experienced childminders has recently opened its doors in Alloa to provide a low cost and welcoming space for children and parents.

Tuesday Tots launched last month with a team of childminders and mothers coming together to provide opportunities for children to socialise and for parents to connect and relax over a cuppa.

With the help of a National Lottery Community Fund grant, the group meets each Tuesday morning at Ludgate Church Hall and is hoping to grow while providing much-needed opportunities for parents and tots.

The group's Deborah Foley said: “The group is delighted to offer an environment where children can explore a variety of toys and participate in fun activities such as song time and messy play.

“We will also be organizing special events throughout the year, such as the Easter hunt.

“To ensure everyone is well-nourished, healthy snacks are provided for the children, teas, and coffees are available for the grown-ups, with the odd homebaking added in.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tuesday Tots team understands the importance of connection and community for parents and children alike.

“We want to provide a place where families can come together, enjoy each other's company and build lasting relationships.

“The group is open to all parents and caregivers and does not require any pre-registration or booking, allowing parents the flexibility to attend as and when they are able.

“The team of experienced caregivers are eager to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where parents and children can unwind, socialize and feel supported by their community.”

There is a small £2 charge to attend to help with running costs while the lottery funding supports hall hire, healthy snacks and additional resources.

The idea is to keep it simple with no bookings required – “there's no fanciness about it”, added the group's Jane McMillan.

“The hours are quite friendly I think, 9.15am to 11am and you can come any time, it's not like a class.

“It's very much back to basics, just trying to get everybody together.

“We just had our third session on Tuesday [last week] and it's been really good so far, everybody is so supportive.”

Parents and toddlers can head to Ludgate Church Hall between 9.15am and 11am each Tuesday.

For more, find the Alloa-based Tuesday Tots on Facebook page.