A registered childminder with a degree in Childhood Practice, Lesley set up KLAS Care, which aims to reduce the amount of families living in poverty in the Renfrewshire area through the provision of affordable and flexible childcare enabling parents to access education, training or employment.
KLAS Care delivers additional social benefits by reinvesting profits in subsidising fees for low-income families, allowing inclusive access to the service; they also provide accredited training to volunteers.
Initially launched in 2010, as a partnership business between Lesley and Kirsty based in their home town of Linwood. KLAS Care has grown significantly since then and become a social enterprise in 2014. It is now the first port of call for parents seeking affordable childcare with growing demand seeing the opening of a second venue at a primary school in Johnstone.
With a lack of community space in the area, KLAS Care now wants to provide premises to provide childcare throughout the day as well as offer community groups, services and local people spaces to meet, engage and interact and have leased a disused janitor’s building in the grounds of the current Linwood location of East Fulton primary school in order for this to happen.
Working hours are changing and so the needs of parents are changing; childcare is about more than just after school hours. Getting onto LaunchMe will allow us to develop a disused building into a community facility, provide additional childcare places and access for the local community to a range of services and opportunities.