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New childcare center wants to give parents 'me time'

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 00:20:59-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A new locally-owned childcare center is in the works in Tucson.

Timeless Play is hoping to give parents a little bit of a break during the pandemic.

"Working moms, especially, are the hardest hit by this pandemic and they are in a crisis right now. We're so proud to be able to offer an opportunity for them to just get a break and for the kids to get a break from being at home as well," said Rosalind Prather, co-founder.

Prather explained it’s a little different than a daycare center. Inside the play center, parents will be able to drop their kids for up to four hours at a time.

During a time when kids are spending hours looking at a computer screen, away from other kids, that won’t be the case inside the center.

“We don't have video games. It's old-fashioned fun. Our motto is 'where kids rediscovered childhood.' We feel like kids are really hungry for good old fashioned play [and] screen-free time,” she explained.

The childcare center will accept kids ages one to twelve and will separate them into two rooms based on their age.

Prather said opening during the pandemic is a challenge but thinks the timing is perfect.

“Children will be needing to wear a mask as well all of our employees, and they're going to have to wash their hands immediately upon entering. Kids won't wear shoes in the center they will wear grippy socks,” she said.

Prather said a majority of the nannies that will be working inside are already vaccinated for COVID-19 because they are in the 1b priority group.

As for affordability, she said she and her team think it's reasonable.

“If you're a member it's $14 an hour for the first kid and $6 an hour for each sibling so you do get a good break for that,” she said.

The center is in the process of getting permits and licenses approved.

Timeless Play hopes to open March 15.