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Parents create new children’s nursery at popular farm

Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.
Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

A former farm building has been given a new lease of life, thanks to two businesswomen.

Lindsey Oliver and Laura Graham completed the renovation of the disused building at the Whitehouse Farm Centre, in Morpeth, to offer nursery provision for up to 48 children.

Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

The completion of the project, supported by the corporate and property teams at Ward Hadaway, is the culmination of a parental vision to create a safe, nurturing, home-from-home environment that encourages learning for youngsters between the ages of six weeks and five-years-old.

It was during a chance conversation between the pair that the idea of combining their years of early childcare experience and running a business was born.

Ms Graham, who is mum to five-year-old Isabelle, took a leap of faith in the new nursery venture, having been working in marketing for a large company in the region.

She said: “We had a vision when we saw the building and knew with some TLC it could be transformed into an amazing place for families and children.

Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

Lindsey Oliver, Laura Graham and Ward Hadaway's James Nightingale at the new children's nursery at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

“Its location is perfect as it is situated within the Whitehouse Farm Centre itself, which is an amazing place to spend a day with children. With frequent access into the farm, and acres of land to explore, our ability to learn and enjoy the great outdoors is endless.

“A friend recommended we speak to James Nightingale at Ward Hadaway about setting up our business. We are grateful to James who helped guide us through the legal aspects of creating our vision.”

Ms Oliver, a mum to five-year-old twin girls, Maisie and Yasmin, added: “Our overriding philosophy is that nursery provision is not just about the children. It’s also about the parents who tend to put themselves last.

“So while the children are safe and nurtured, which adds to their development, we also know parents need to find time for themselves in their busy schedule so we are providing them with grab-and-go breakfasts and teas.

“We understand what it’s like to be parents and how hard it is when leaving your children to be cared by someone else.”

The pair’s attention to detail is reflected in the building’s design.

The spacious nursery includes a baby room, toddler room, pre-school room, kitchen area and outdoor area. There is also a magical forest and Whitehouse Farm on the doorstep.

James Nightingale, a Partner in the corporate team at law firm Ward Hadaway, said: “We were delighted to help Lindsey and Laura during this exciting time in establishing the new nursery.

“The sector is one which we know well, having acted historically for a number of clients, including advising on the sale of market-leading provider Kids 1st to the UK’s largest nursery provider, Busy Bees.

“We were able to use our experience in the sector to provide Lindsey and Laura with a firm footing with their new venture, helping transform their vision into reality.

“The Nursery at Whitehouse Farm will be a fantastic addition to nursery care in Northumberland and we look forward to continuing to work with Lindsey and Laura as they continue to grow the business in the coming years.”