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The nursery that takes care of parents too

Article By: Nina Hathway, News Editor

Due to open before the end of June, the Clapham Village Nursery and Preschool is thought to be one of a growing number in the UK to offer not only childcare but assistance to overworked parents so they can better manage their busy lives.

The floorplan of Clapham Village - a nursery on three floors

Situated only a short walk away from Clapham Common underground station in a converted bus station, the new spacious nursery (which is part of the Bright Horizons nursery chain) not only offers a full range of childcare facilities for children aged from 3 months to 5 years, but provides invaluable services that will help busy parents manage their work-life balance.

Carole Edmond, managing director of Bright Horizons, says: “Our new Clapham nursery has been designed with the needs of both children and parents in mind. We’ve consulted with local families via focus groups, and also used the knowledge we have built up from 30 years of listening to our customers and putting children and families first.

"At Clapham Village we can offer time-poor parents an extra helping hand and supportive haven, while also, as with any Bright Horizons nursery, providing children with an inspiring learning environment where they can flourish and develop the confidence and skills that will stay with them forever.”

Useful services for parents include a coffee shop and what the nursery is calling a Parent Hub, which is essentially a parent relaxation area, complete with sofas where people can relax or use a ‘hot desk’ with wifi, computers and a printer/scanner.

For an additional fee, Clapham Village will provide a PA service – which can carry such essential tasks as booking birthday parties and vital appointments such as the dentist, organising holidays, and even buying gifts. Also available is a dry cleaning and a drop-off laundry service.

Parents who cannot get home in time to prepare supper will even have the option of a ‘take away’ family evening meal freshly prepared by the nursery chef – but there is an upper limit of four meals per month.

A flat fee of an extra £100 a month will be charged for these additional services.

Other activities on site include relaxing yoga and strengthening Pilates and the services of a health visitor who will visit the nursery once a month to offer support and advice on family health topics, such as weaning, dental health and nutrition.

Jasmina Haigh, a regional manager at Bright Horizons, who has been involved in the development and launch of Clapham Village, says: “We simply want to help today’s busy parents and relieve them of their stress, while still providing top quality care for children. If this nursery is a success, others will follow.”

With up to 124 places, the Clapham Village nursery will have a children’s kitchen, four studios and a garden, in addition to Bright Horizon’s bespoke ‘Growing Learners’ programmes, language classes, music lessons and ballet.

The nursery will provide all food, drinks, nappies and formula milk for the babies and children in their care as well as an on-site chef using menus created by a nutritionist to provide a healthy and balanced diet. The nursery will be open from 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. A holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 will also be provided.

An open day is planned for 23 June 2014 and the nursery aims to open by the end of the month. Ms Haigh says: “The bookings are already going well and we can’t wait to open our doors.”

For more information about Clapham Village call 0330 123 0243 or email:


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