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Jellybeans Nursery Still Jumping For Joy
Birmingham nursery back in business after relocation upheaval
Written by Poppy Brady - The Voice
25/11/2014 09:00 AM
ALTOGETHER NOW: Lisa and Lee Blair with some of the youngsters at their new nursery base
THE SMILES say it all – a successful Birmingham nursery that was ordered off the site it had occupied for more than 14 years is now back in business after overcoming the upheaval of finding another home.
It’s an inspiring tale of triumph over adversity for Jellybean Pre-School Nursery manager, Lee Blair and his wife Lisa, who have just opened their new base – thanks to help and support from the Handsworth-based Dojo Community Project.
A brand new building is taking pride of place on land known as Hockley Adventure Playground at Claremont Road, which can now be shared with members of the Dojo project for their fitness sessions when the nursery is closed.
The closure notice last year was a mighty blow for Jellybeans, which was awarded ‘good’ in its last OFSTED inspection, and received the highest Quality Assurance award in Birmingham two years ago when it was given a coveted Effective Early Learning Quality Assurance award.
Jellybeans had originally shared a site with St Michael’s CE Primary Academy less than a mile away.
“We certainly could not have started again without the help of the Dojo Project, run by Hector Pinkney, who is known as ‘Mr Handsworth’, his sister Del and their company secretary Brenda Lawrence,” he said.
“It’s been a positive outcome for both us and Dojo as the Hockley Adventure Playground space is being put back into community use, which is what it was designed for many years ago.”
Lee and Lisa, who tied the knot in Jamaica, were helped by family and friends to paint the nursery and now they have a much improved building with plenty of space for pre-schoolers to learn the ropes.
Although only open less than a month, they already have 15 youngsters, but have a capacity for twice that number.
“The places have gone pretty quickly and we’re hoping to be back up to our full numbers very soon,” added Lee, who is studying for a BA in childhood studies. “It just goes to show the power of the community when we all work together and support each other.”
For details on the nursery visit: www.jellybeannursery.com
Posted on: 25/11/2014 09:00 AM
Our first children arrive.
Having now acheived full approval from OFSTED, Jellybeans opened to our first children.
Monday 13th october 2014
For everyone who worked so hard over the summer getting the new building ready, there work was rewarded on Monday morning, seeing children arrive with smiling faces, the warm and brightly lit new building, a hive of activity.
Work completed on a new Jellybean.
Tuesday 2nd Spetember 2014
After a summer of work at the new site located on Claremont Road, the New Building has been completed and certificated by Birmingham Building control and is now ready to receive our children, please contact us for details
Work starts on a new Jellybean.
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Excavators on site, as works starts on our new nursery, just days after Planning Applications were submitted by leading London architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who are also currently working on the prestigious University of Birmingham Sports Centre and who also built the incredible TCT Ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital,
so we are in very capable hands.
The building will double the size of the current facility, and will be finished prior to the new school term September 2014, providing the best possible facilities and setting for our kids, we also hope that it will become a recreational focus for the wider community from all age groups.
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