A CHILDCARE centre in Ardrossan which specialises in young people with assisted learning needs has expanded with a second venue in Ayr opening.

And KO-NEKT owner Marianne Greenway now wants to expand the service further around Scotland.

Since it opened it doors in Park Road, Ardrossan in 2017 KO-NEKT offers parents full power about whether or not they think their children needs extra support with a wide range of activities on offer to help the young people receive the support they need using play and arts and craft skills.

Now, it has opened a second KO-NEKT in Ayr’s Miller Road to reach more Ayrshire families. And former youth worker Marianne says while KO-NEKT is not a charity, it has the community at its heart.

She said: “KO-NEKT service design offers flexible day and night support which parents can access as required, seven days every week.

“Being involved in childcare for almost 30 years I have stuck to one main principle, services should be built around people not people built around services.

“Our design allows for many bolt-on services to be added such as Transition Support, Active Play

Therapy, life skills

development, health and wellbeing, specialist activities across the whole

autistic spectrum and information and advice for parents, we have everything covered.

“We are not a charity, reliant on securing funding year after year, we are a business with a strong attitude to create change.

“As a social enterprise we have many strings to our bow. Essentials Plus is a training company which I also run with my husband, we run contracts for Department of Work and Pensions and Skills Development Scotland, with the community at the heart of what we do.”