Rooftops Montessori Nursery Celebrates 5 Years in Business

  • 1 August 2018
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Rooftops Montessori Nursery Celebrates 5 Years in Business

 

5 years later there have been many positive changes enhancing the lives of local children as well as staff and parents.

 

At the time of takeover, the nursery was predominantly occupied by pre-school age children of 3-5 years. Hannah quickly realised a separate baby room was needed providing 9 places, giving the youngest members of the nursery the space and freedom to develop, rest and play away from older children being cared for in a home from home environment. A new kitchen was installed to enable easy food preparation.

 

Opening times were extended providing full day care from 8-6pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks per year. School meals provided by Richmond Methodist School were introduced, giving the children a link to school life and a chance to develop different food tastes with their peers.

 

In 2015 a large financial investment was made into converting a derelict barn in the rear grounds of the nursery in response to Government introducing 2 Year old funding to encourage younger children into early education which created a new dedicated toddler room with 12 places and much needed free flow access to the extended garden area.

 

In 2017 nurseries around North Yorkshire piloted the Governments new 30 hours extended childcare. Rooftops successfully implemented this, offering parents the ability to claim 30 hours funded childcare in their Pre-School for 3-4 year olds, an increase of 15 hours per week per child. The nursery continues to offer 30 hour places & has found the implementation to have had a positive effect it’s financial viability.

 

In 2018 the garden has been completely redeveloped, with a circular track for children to use ride on vehicles, enjoy small world activities, a wooden shed area for children to use whatever their imagination desires, a guinea pig corner and a vegetable patch. Children are encouraged in daily outdoor play. A mud kitchen and various activities are going to be added over the next few months to make the garden a creative, imaginative place for our children and staff.

 

IT developments have helped drive the business forward providing real time learning journey information to parents about what their child has done during the day as well as real time accident reports. A new accounting system was introduced to enable electronic accounting systems, improving invoicing and payment monitoring.

 

Within 5 years, the occupancy of the nursery has risen from 60% to 98% much of this success is down to the loyal and hard working team of staff who provide a caring and friendly environment for children and continues to be forecast to grow from strength to strength. Investment in staff is always high on the agenda and staff turnover is low. Hannah is now looking to expand this success in the future.


 

 


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