Twinkles nursery in Leeds, has remained open in order to support frontline NHS workers and other keyworkers with childcare while they battle the Coronavirus outbreak.
The award-winning nursery, which opened in four railway arches on Church Walk back in March 2013, is providing vital childcare services for the families of key workers. NHS employees are also benefitting from a ten per cent discount off nursery fees.
Jill Johnson, managing director of Twinkles Nursery Group, said: “We’re delighted to be able to continue to provide essential care to the children of our brave NHS workers as well as other keyworkers to help support their families through the Coronavirus lockdown. We know how much local parents value our service and the care we provide when their children spend their days with us learning and playing.”
Twinkles is one of more than a dozen independent small businesses based in Leeds that have been given a lift thanks to a Coronavirus support scheme offered by their landlord.
The Arch Company owns a number of properties in Leeds and the surrounding area. In recent weeks, it has set up a Coronavirus Support Unit and established a £10m Hardship Fund to help its tenants through the current lockdown.
Three-month rent-free arrangements have been agreed with more than a dozen Leeds traders, who have been severely impacted. Among the businesses benefitting from the scheme are local hairdressers, printers, nightclubs, restaurants and a wine merchant.
Jill Johnson added: “The support we’ve received from The Arch Company has made it possible for us to offer NHS families a discount off the care that we provide and allowed us to focus our efforts on providing that care, instead of worrying about paying our rent. This has been a huge help and means the world to us.”