A NURSERY set up by five Selsey mums is set to open its doors on Monday.
The mums stepped in after First Steps, which was run from the Selsey Centre, announced it was closing its doors.
In response, five hard-working mums managed to set up Selsey Community Nursery in its place.
“It’s been an education,” said mum-of-two and business owner Emma Russell.
The group managed to come up with a business plan and raise funds in just five months, after First Steps announced it would close.
After the Chichester College-run nursery closed its doors last week, the mums have had just one week to revamp the place.
Setting up the nursery, Emma is joined by Sam Tate, mum-of-two and project manager of Selsey Works, Lisa Lyon, who is a mum-of-four and runs her own company, mum-of-two Jo Walton, and Rosie Jones, a former child care professional with two children.
“The success of this nursery relies on the fact we live in Selsey,” said Emma.
It has been a real community project, with local people and businesses helping to get the nursery ready.
Jobseekers in the area got experience by helping to paint and decorate the nursery, through Selsey Works.
Lisa Lyon, mum-of-four who runs her own business, said they had chosen ‘the best’ people to work in the new nursery, including some former First Steps employees.
“We have handpicked the very best,” she said.
The mums also want to make the transition from nursery to primary school easier.
“We’re working with Seal Primary quite closely to make sure there is a flow,” said Lisa.
She said there were a number of rooms for children at different stages. There will also be a holiday club, an after-school club, a sleep room, a baby room, and homemade meals
The mums stressed they wanted the nursery to be flexible for working parents like themselves.
It will run as a community project, with profits set aside for parents struggling with fees and for community equipment.
The group is also on the look out for a sponsor, as although it has received a number of grants to start up, it will need funding for continuing running costs.
On the hard work of the group in the past few months, Sam said: “If you want it done, give it to a mum.”
Visit www.selseynursery.com for more details.