CHILDREN raised their hands in celebration as a family-run play group marked its fifth year of business.
The owners of Tic Toc Play, based in Sompting, have been on an arduous journey to success following a series of bad luck.
Director Linda Bennett said: “There were times where we thought we were going to fail. We have seen other businesses fall by the wayside and we survived through a recession.”
The play group for children, which holds an after-school club and a holiday club at Sompting Village Primary School, White Styles Road, came to fruition after each member of the Bennett family were made redundant in their chosen professions.
“I was in child care for 30 years, but then I was made redundant, then my husband was made redundant, and then my daughter and son were also made redundant.
“We decided to start up our own clubs, so we rang up all the schools and Sompting Village Primary agreed.”
The clubs run a series of fun and educational activities for children ages four to 11-years-old.
“We do anything like arts and crafts, we cook on open fires, and we do woodwork - we have so many risk assessments in place.
“The children learn to socialise and gain life skills with trained qualified staff and never want to go home.
“We also have a lot of children with additional needs,” she added.
Tic Toc Play now runs clubs in Burgess Hill and Hassocks, with a total of 18 members of staff. Their ethos is ‘we inspire children in playwork’, which they intend to carry on into the future. Linda’s husband, Richard, said the clubs’ success was ‘fantastic’.
He said: “It has been a struggle, but the last five years has zapped by.
“In the future, we want to keep growing. We’re looking into expanding the holiday groups into two - one for the younger children and one for the older ones.
“There’s no services in the area for the really little ones over the holidays either.”
Linda said: “We’ve had a great time over the last five years and over 1,000 parents have supported us along the way.”
To learn more about Tic Toc Play, visit www.tictocplay.com or check out www.facebook.com/tictocplay
To contact the business, call 01903 536637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org