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Spalding mum to open Berry Grove Childcare in response to shortage of nursery places





A mother committed to following her business dreams has wasted no time and cracked on to start a new nursery while on her maternity leave.

Nicole Hallam, 30, decided to pursue her passion after becoming aware of the demand for childcare services in our area.

Spalding has a shortage of nursery places - with Lincolnshire County Council previously stating that an additional 95 places were needed - with many parents travelling miles to get childcare.

The mother of two will be co-running Berry Grove Childcare with Molly Withers, 21, at a site in Low Fulney, which used to operate as offices but has now been newly refurbished.

Nicole and Molly will be running the nursery together
Nicole and Molly will be running the nursery together
Berry Grove Childcare is located in Low Fulney near Spalding
Berry Grove Childcare is located in Low Fulney near Spalding

Nicole said: “It’s been a dream as I have wanted my own business for a very long time. We knew that Spalding was desperate for childcare services and families were having to travel all over the county to secure a place for their child, so we spoke to the local authority and found this building.

“We have both worked in childcare before and have worked together in early years. I have 13 years of experience and Molly has five. I’m very excited and we’re looking forward to putting our expertise together to create a lovely space for everyone.”

The day nursery will have 60 places available and is set to open in the first week of August, where it will welcome children aged from six months to four and five years.

Preschool room
Preschool room
The outside area
The outside area
Garden
Garden

Nicole added: “I have two children of my own and my second is just about to turn one years old, so we were actually putting this together whilst I was on maternity leave.

“We have received the support of the Early Years and Childcare Team at Lincolnshire County Council with our new nursery project. This has included many aspects of opening a new nursery with a successful grant award as part of the new Childcare Reforms Programme.”

Berry Grove Childcare will also be hosting an outdoor based ‘stay and play’ session for children aged two, three and four, on Tuesdays between 1pm and 2pm and Thursdays at 10am to 11am, throughout July.

The baby room
The baby room
Garden
Garden
The toddler room
The toddler room

A motherhood circle group will also be hosted by the business every Friday throughout July, between 1pm and 2pm. The session will be a space for mothers to share experiences, ask for advice and support each other. Both events costs £4 per session or £15 for four sessions.

For more information and for future updates, visit the Berry Grove Childcare Facebook and Instagram pages.

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