New nursery is a ‘win-win’ for technology park

READY From left, nursery managers Natalie Croft and Lorraine Dancer, nursery assistants Jade Shaltz and Rachel Nesbitt and Fasset managing director Gary Medlow.    Picture: Allan Hutchings (110815-371)
READY From left, nursery managers Natalie Croft and Lorraine Dancer, nursery assistants Jade Shaltz and Rachel Nesbitt and Fasset managing director Gary Medlow. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110815-371)

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WORKING parents at Langstone Technology Park in Havant are now able to take advantage of a new on-site nursery.

The business is an expansion for co-owners Lorraine Dancer and Natalie Croft, who set up their first nursery in Hayling Island nearly four years ago.

Both are called Nursery Rhymes, and the second nursery within the park has only just opened for business.

‘Gary the managing director came to look at our nursery in Hayling, and asked us if we’d like to tender for a nursery at the technology park,’ said Lorraine.

‘That was two years ago. We won the tender, and then it was a case of planning, knocking the building down that was here originally, and building a new facility.’

Ofsted visited the site in February and declared the facility exemplary.

It is available for parents working with Scottish & Southern, and any business based within the park.

The nursery owners and manager Lucy Shakespeare hope to expand their services to cover workshops for parents, including foundation education, learning through play, as well as sleep training if the demand is there.

And so far the reaction has been positive.

‘It’s good, it’s really looking good, we’re really pleased,’ added Lorraine.

Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, which runs the park, said: ‘Everyone benefits from having a nursery on site.

‘The parents benefit by having a flexible facility nearby, and the park benefits by having something else to offer potential customers.

‘It’s win-win.’