A secondary school teacher with over a decade’s experience of working with children is bringing a new day nursery to Surbiton to support parents and carers in the local area.
Vjollca Niklekaj, a mum of two, is opening the new day nursery, situated at 34 Kingsdowne Road.
The team hosted two open days last weekend, where Vjollca welcomed many parents and carers to see the new site and meet the nursery team ahead of the official opening later this month.
The nursery is part of the Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery franchise, providing babies and young children with opportunities to learn, develop and grow within a safe and secure environment.
The new nursery, which has been refurbished to ensure it meets every criteria of a high-grade nursery setting, will provide access for children to an outside terraced garden on the first floor, so that they can enjoy free-flowing indoor-to-outdoor play.
“Running a nursery is an extremely rewarding job, as you are often the first experience of education and regular group interactions for a child, providing them with an open space to be active, healthy and learn.
“When I had my children, I didn’t have family around so I know just how hard it is to bring them up without childcare support. We will do the very best by every child that comes through our door, showing every parent just how well looked after their babies will be in our care; happy, focused and engaged.”
Vjollca made the decision to open a nursery after reading cards and messages from her students each year.
“They made me realise the importance of a teacher and educator’s job, supporting young people, and I knew I could make a difference for early years. I am looking forward to meeting many new people, helping more children grow and develop,” she added.
Established in 2002, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries is the UK’s largest childcare franchise and third-largest childcare provider.
Founded and managed by husband and wife team, Mark and Rebecca Crosby, the brand can trace its heritage in childcare through Mark’s family back to 1978, when the first nursery was opened in Cambridgeshire (trading as Ladybird Day Nursery).
Mark Crosby, co-founder of Monkey Puzzle, said:
“We are so excited to add a brand-new Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery to the fold. Vjollca has a fantastic background with children, having worked in a secondary school for the past 10 years and we’re delighted that we can help her transition into early years care.
“We have had an exceptionally busy year with new nurseries opening up and down the country, highlighting the importance of providing a safe, caring and inspiring space for children.
“We look forward to working with the Surbiton team as they begin this incredibly exciting journey!”