A MUM who launched her own nursery when she needed quality child care for her children is now opening a sister venture.
Deborah Troup started Little Treasures, in Washington, 13 years ago and has seen it grow from strength to strength.
Now, to meet the growing demand for places, she has decided to open another nursery in Sunderland.
Deborah, whose daughter Sarah now works alongside her as deputy manager, already employs 11 nursery nurses and early years practitioners and has more than 55 children registered in Washington.
Initially, a further six new employees joined the team to open the second Little Treasures in John Street.
Deborah said: “There is a real growth in demand.
“The government is encouraging women back into the workplace and there is no doubt that many families rely on that income.
“Some mothers are deciding to return to work when their maternity pay reduces at six months.
“In addition, many parents want some nursery provision for their children to help develop their communication and social skills, with pre-education and just so they can enjoy the facilities and equipment available.
“I have always wanted to provide the secure, stimulating and loving nursery environment that I was seeking for my own children.
“I had the necessary qualifications and experience with local authorities, private schools and crèches so I decided to start my own business and have never regretted it.”
The new nursery is in a town house situated in a row of listed buildings, designed to provide a home-from-home environment.
“We have invested substantially to refurbish and equip a house in Sunderland so that children feel they are in a second home,” said Deborah.
The Sunderland nursery will cater for babies to five year olds while Washington takes up to eight year olds.
Children can learn basic French or sign language, help to bake cakes and relax at a daily yoga session.
For information on Little Treasures nurseries in Washington and Sunderland, phone 415 1849 or visit www.littletreasuresdaynursery.co.uk.