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A new childminding group is offering support and a chance for members to share ideas.

The Bingham Childminding Group was set up by Mrs Eve James (35) of Swallow Drive, Bingham, who has been a childminder for four years.

Around ten childminders and the children they look after meet once a fortnight at Church House, East Street, Bingham.

There are toys and games for the children to play with and each childminder organises a craft activity for every session.

On Tuesday the youngsters tried finger and sponge painting in a session led by Mrs James.

She said there had not been a group of its kind in Bingham for around six years.

Mrs James said the National Childminding Association had invited all registered childminders in Bingham and surrounding villages to join the group and she was pleased with the response so far.

“I’m hoping to keep the numbers up,” she said.

“I’m trying to get something going. It can be a very lonely sort of occupation.”

Mrs James, who looks after up to 14 children, said it was a chance for childminders to chat and share information with people in the same situation.

Mrs Victoria Kieran (30) of Spinney Road, Bingham, has been a childminder for seven months.

“I’m quite new so it’s nice to meet other childminders,” she said.

“The parents all think it’s nice that the children meet different people and go to different groups.”

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