Children 1st Day Nurseries unveils its flagship nursery at opening ceremony
A children’s nursery in Lincoln city centre has been officially re-launched following a £2 million investment and refurbishment. It also has a new name!
Children 1st @ Rosemary Lane was officially re-launched on Friday 13th April at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, representatives from the health and education sectors and HR professionals from Lincoln businesses, keen to hear more about how Children 1st can support their staff with childcare.
With the RAF band playing, Margaret Mason OBE, founder and CEO of Children 1st Day Nurseries, the UK’s largest family owned and managed group of day nurseries, welcomed guests to Children 1st @ Rosemary Lane to celebrate the outcome of the extensive refurbishment which has been taking place for the last year and a half.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, Councillors Chris and Sue Burke performed the ribbon cutting to mark the re-launch of the nursery in front of guests. Local MP Karen Lee also gave her support to the event.
As noted by the Mayor in his speech, the Children 1st @ Rosemary Lane project has brought new life into one of the more deprived parts of the city and has given the area a much-needed face lift. Commenting on the brilliant facilities and the provision of much needed quality childcare in the area, Councillor Burke also thanked Children 1st for their decision to invest in the Monks Road, stating that other businesses were actively looking to the area which would provide a necessary boost for its regeneration.
Formerly known as Children 1st @ Monks Road, Children 1st took the decision to completely remodel the building to provide state of the art facilities in order that as many local children as possible could experience the very best that can be offered in terms of childcare and education.
The project which was designed by Lincoln company, Core Architects, followed the purchase of the premises and subsequent refurbishment at a cost of £2,000,000. The project was fully funded and managed by Children 1st, under the leadership of Director Adrian Mason.
Children 1st believe that its Rosemary Lane nursery is one of the best facilities in the local and wider area and is testament to the company’s ethos of bringing quality, affordable childcare, coupled with effective delivery of the government’s 30 hours funded childcare to families.
Commenting on the project, Margaret Mason OBE said:
As our name suggests, children are the heart of our business and I’m delighted that they are now able to enjoy the outcome of this wonderful transformation. I am very proud of the exceptional environment we have created and thank everyone who has been involved in the work. Particular thanks go to parents at Rosemary Lane who have been with us throughout the project. We hope they now see that the disruption was worth it!
Businesses in attendance at the opening, such as Lindum Group, were keen to tour the nursery and discover how they could work in partnership with Children 1st to bring affordable childcare to their staff.
In addition to Rosemary Lane, Children 1st also own two other nurseries in Lincoln (Children 1st @ The Marina and Children 1st @ Wragby Road) all of which offer 30 hours funded childcare helping to increase access to Ofsted rated good and outstanding childcare for families. Both Children 1st @ Wragby Road and Children 1st @ The Marina have also undergone extensive refurbishment work since they were purchased by Children 1st in 2014.
The opening ceremony also featured a cheque presentation for £5000 to The Lincoln County Hospital Children’s Ward.
Children 1st is currently offering free registration at the nursery for the remainder of April and is keen to hear from Lincoln businesses who would like to find out more about how Children 1st can support their staff with childcare costs.