Two women have renovated a disused farm building in Northumberland to become a nursery which can provide childcare for up to 48 children. The pair wanted to create a safe, nurturing, home-from-home environment which caters for infants from six weeks to five years old.
Lindsey Oliver and Laura Graham have completed the renovation at the Whitehouse Farm Centre in Morpeth. The project was supported by the corporate and property teams at law firm Ward Hadaway.
It was during a conversation between the women that they decided to combine their experience of running a business and early years childcare to create the new nursery.
Ms Graham is a mum to five-year-old Isabelle and wanted to take a leap of faith and start the nursery.
She said, “We had a vision when we saw the building and knew with some TLC it could be transformed into an amazing place for families and children.
“Its location is perfect as it is situated within the Whitehouse Farm Centre itself, which is an amazing place to spend a day with children. With frequent access into the farm, and acres of land to explore, our ability to learn and enjoy the great outdoors is endless.
“A friend recommended we speak to James Nightingale at Ward Hadaway about setting up our business. We are grateful to James who helped guide us through the legal aspects of creating our vision.”
Ms Oliver is a mother of two five-year-old twin girls called Maisie and Yasmin. She said, “Our overriding philosophy is that nursery provision is not just about the children. It’s also about the parents who tend to put themselves last.
“So while the children are safe and nurtured, which adds to their development, we also know parents need to find time for themselves in their busy schedule so we are providing them with grab-and-go breakfasts and teas.
“We understand what it’s like to be parents and how hard it is when leaving your children to be cared by someone else.”
The nursery includes a baby room, toddler room, pre-school room, kitchen area and outdoor area. The nursery also has a magical forest and Whitehouse Farm on their doorstep.
James Nightingale, a partner in the corporate team at law firm Ward Hadaway, said: “We were delighted to help Lindsey and Laura during this exciting time in establishing the new nursery.
“The sector is one which we know well, having acted historically for a number of clients, including advising on the sale of market-leading provider Kids 1st to the UK’s largest nursery provider, Busy Bees.
“We were able to use our experience in the sector to provide Lindsey and Laura with a firm footing with their new venture, helping transform their vision into reality.
“The Nursery at Whitehouse Farm will be a fantastic addition to nursery care in Northumberland and we look forward to continuing to work with Lindsey and Laura as they continue to grow the business in the coming years.”