Bright Beginnings Daycare in Bexhill, East Sussex, has tripled its capacity after relocating to the previously unused Pebsham Community Centre, with the support of a five-figure funding package from NatWest.
The nursery, rated outstanding by Ofsted, has moved from the outskirts of Bexhill to the community centre on Seabourne Road, which recently reopened after being empty for two years.
Owners Lois Ottley and Kirsty Streets have used funding from NatWest to complete a three-month conversion of the space, which includes a new roof, furniture and decorations, all inspired by an outdoor theme with natural tones and artificial indoor grass.
Bright Beginnings Daycare was founded in 2015 and provides high quality day care for children from birth up to the age of five. The nursery uses a unique mixed-age learning model that encourages children from all ages to interact, meaning that the younger children learn from the older ones, and older children help to nurture their younger companions.
With the capacity for 26 children per day, Bright Beginnings is already more than 50 per cent full and has employed an additional two staff members, with the view to increase this number to five once the nursery reaches full capacity.
Owner Lois Ottley said: “After four successful years in our previous home, we made the decision to expand in order to meet growing demand for child care in the area and allow us to accommodate more children. The funding from NatWest has made this possible and we are proud to have moved into our newly refurbished space at the local community centre.
“We would also like to thank Peter Ottley Builders, MH Developments Limited, D Smith Electrical Solutions, and all our family and friends who have helped us with this project, we really appreciate all of their hard work.
“Our passion has always been to provide quality day care that allows children of all ages to interact and learn essential life skills. We will continue to offer this in our new space and look forward to welcoming our regulars and new faces over the coming years.”
Director Sam Carter at Ashdown Hurrey Accounting introduced Lois and Kirsty to Ian Woodward, NatWest Relationship Manger and Luke Cartwright, NatWest Business Growth Enabler, to support the expansion of their business.
Ian Woodward said: “Bright Beginnings is a fantastic business that provides an important service to the Bexhill community. With our support, it is great to see the nursery reach another milestone in its growth and in turn support the resurrection of a once thriving community centre.”
Pictured L-R: Katie from the Pebsham Community Committee, Kirsty Streets co-owner of Bright Beginnings, Ian Woodward NatWest relationship manager, Abul Azad Mayor of Bexhill and Emily from the Pebsham Community Committee. The 26 signifies the new capacity of the nursery