In 2012, aged 31, I began to research childcare options in the Carlisle area in the hope of fulfilling my lifelong dream of working with children in their early years. I discovered that there was a real need for ‘Flexible Childcare Options’ for families, families who are tied to working shift patterns in the local hospital, factories and so on, a type of childcare that would not cost families if their child did not attend a setting the same day or time each week. So with that at the forefront of my mind I created a business plan to open a home based child-minding service that offers ‘Flexible and Affordable’ options. Trading 7am until 6pm Monday through to Friday offering session times that suit you and your child and including all meals, snacks and extras I was confident we would be able to offer options to every family.
On the 2nd of September 2013, after completing all relevant training courses and being registered as ‘Good’ with Ofsted we opened our doors in Denton Holme, Carlisle to our first two early years children. Our service started to become talked about and through word of mouth by January 2014 we employed our first staff member, Kelsey, as a modern apprentice who has successfully completed her NVQ level 2 to date. The idea of keeping the setting a close knit and personal environment encouraged my sister Nichola to join us in the summer of 2014 and become a registered child minder in her own right, meaning the children we look after are always left in the best of hands and with someone who myself and the parents and carers can trust. Since then the setting has continued to grow with our fourth member of staff Sarah, who is not only a dedicated parent herself but a close friend she is a registered assistant to myself and Nichola. Our team, together now provide new and exciting ideas and a wealth of knowledge on how best to care for each individual and unique child and within 18 months are now a very friendly, busy and reputable organisation and I could not be prouder of the girls for the continued effort and love they put in to helping these children grow and develop.