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 ‘outstanding’ 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.
However, Lee said the previous good working relationship between the
school and the nursery broke down when the school transferred to
academy status, opting out of local authority control.
“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
Lee and Lisa, who tied the knot in
Jamaica only three months ago, 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
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 opend 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 smileing faces, the warm and brightly lit new
building, a hive of activity.
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
complated and certificated by Birmingham Building control and is now
ready to receive our children, please contact us for details
starts on a new Jellybean.
15th April 2014
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
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
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