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New venture in Rotherham is child’s play!

posted 3 May 2011, 07:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 May 2011, 07:06 ]
Two local women have battled against the odds to bring a much needed childcare provision to a Rotherham village.

Business partners Kirsty Hanberry (37) and Kelly Wright (27) have opened the first childcare solution in Treeton after identifying a gap in the market.

Kirsty explains: “Kelly and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend after we had both made clear our intentions to start a new venture in Treeton but we were both missing vital skills to enable it to work. After chatting, we realised that the cogs finally fitted together and we got to work. The rest, as  they say is history!”

“We decided to launch Pollywiggle Day Nursery after noticing a gap in the childcare market because of changing demographics in Treeton. There are lots more families coming to live here who previously had to travel a substantial distance to find a good quality nursery for their youngsters.”

The duo decided to jump in at the deep end and set up Pollywiggle but soon realised it wouldn’t be as straight forward as they originally thought. So they contacted Rotherham Enterprise – a project part financed by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which gives start - up businesses the help, support and guidance to enable them to flourish.

Kelly said: “We were fortunate that Robert Moorhouse, our project manager from the Rotherham Enterprise Project, helped us with our business plan and in finding premises, as well as sourcing us a £500 grant which went towards buying resources and play equipment.”

Since officially opening this February, the Pollywiggle Day Nursery has gone from strength to strength and now takes care of 48 children on a regular basis. 

Families in Treeton and the surrounding areas can now take advantage of Pollywiggle’s range of services including the popular Breakfast and Tea Time Clubs with a school drop off and collection package, a nursery for children from six weeks old to five years, and the Holiday Clubs for kids between five and 11.

The Day Nursery’s dozen staff are also fully qualified to supervise children with a range of disabilities or medical conditions, helping to give parents much needed respite.

Rachel Clark, from Rotherham Investment and Development Office - one of the delivery partners of the Rotherham Enterprise Project -, said: “Both Kirsty and Kelly are a great inspiration to all they meet. They have taken the rough with the smooth and turned Pollywiggle into a growing success. The whole team wish them the very best for the future.”

Kirsty, a soon to be mum of two, has a marketing degree and worked for many years in various business roles. Kelly has three children and, with 12 years of childcare experience, previously ran a busy pre-school in the region.  

The day nursery was given the name ‘Pollywiggle’ because of its old English meaning of ‘tadpole’.

A tadpole undergoes a similar life cycle to a baby and both Kirsty and Kelly hope that by the time the youngsters have passed through their doors, they will have helped each child to reach their full potential through a nurturing environment.

Pollywiggle is a ‘green’ company, boasting solar panels on the roof of its premises. It recycles every day and much of its food is sourced locally and, where possible, is organic.

Kirsty concludes: “Being mums ourselves, we totally understand what parents are looking for when choosing childcare options. It can be a stressful decision. We are here to put their minds at ease and give their children fun, educational and engaging sessions in a secure environment while they are at work.” 

For more details about Pollywiggle Day Nursery and its services call 0844 324 8889.