Chirnside’s Whizzkidz look to the future

SBBN Whizzkidz Chirnside - Fath Anderson
SBBN Whizzkidz Chirnside - Fath Anderson

A childrens’ club that has provided out of hours care for 13 years is struggling as it looks to the future.

Whizzkidz has been offering before and after-school care for children since 2002.

But the number of children attending has fallen over the last few years, to the point where organisers are reminding local parents that the service exists.

Play leader Tracy McMurchie said that the club was focusing on trying to link with other local community elements.

“We’re looking into getting visitors to come in from the Fire Brigade and the Police force, to talk to the kids,” she said.

“It’s all about linking up with the rest of the community like that, offering the kids new experiences.”

The club caters for children aged between three and 12, both before school (including breakfast) and after.

Tracy is reminding parents that there is no maximum or minimum time a child can spend with the group, and that although Whizzkidz is run out of Chirnside Primary School, children from all over Berwickshire are welcome.

One mother has said: “Whizzkidz has been a godsend to me over the years. My girls love going every week and are always reluctant to leave when I pick them up!

“I would not have been able to go back to work without this service. For all the activities they do and things they bring home it is very well worth £4 per hour, it would be difficult to find cheaper childcare and the kids are never bored.”

For more details on Whizzkidz, visit the group’s Facebook page at