There were Mickeys, Minnies, princesses and a whole array of other Disney characters as staff and children at our Studley setting celebrated the award-winning nursery’s 20th birthday this week!
Set up by our owner, local entrepreneur and mother-of-two, Tricia Wellings, Bright Kids Group’s flagship setting on The Slough, Studley, opened its doors on 18th January 1999 – with just four children and three members of staff on the books.
Studley soon became a huge success, obtaining lottery funding to set up out of school care and filling the books within the first 12 months.
It has gone from strength to strength over the years and now employs 16 staff and cares for 55 children.
Last year, we welcomed Childcare Minister Nadhim Zahawi, to open our brand new facility, affectionately known as The Chalet, which has seen our Studley setting expand to offer free stay and play sessions to the local community as well as additional space for the children in our care.
We also celebrated achieving Millie’s Mark accreditation last year – an initiative set up following the tragic death of nine-month-old Millie Thompson who choked whilst at a nursery in Greater Manchester in 2012. Millie’s Mark recognises childcare providers that go above and beyond government requirements and have 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid.
Tricia has also achieved great success through her early years ventures and, following the success of Studley, has since opened a further two nurseries, in Crabbs Cross and Northfield, four out of school settings and an early years training centre and early years products provider.
She was recently a finalist in the Nursery Management Today Lifetime Achievement Award and is currently in the final four of the Pride of Stratford Business Person of the Year Award.
Tricia said: “I am so proud to see our flagship setting celebrating its 20th birthday. We’re passionate about providing excellent childcare to the people of Studley and are thrilled to have reached this milestone. Studley was my first nursery and it will always have a special place in my heart. Happy birthday to all of the staff and children in our Studley setting who make it the success that it is and here’s to many more years!”