Family-owned nursery group opens third setting

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A husband and wife team have opened their third nursery in a Grade II listed building in Leeds.


Tiny Tree Day Nursery is based in a Grade II listed building

Nursery owners Graham and Amika Abbott opened Tiny Tree Day Nursery last month after spending £2 million renovating Sycamore Lodge in Hyde Park, a listed building that dates back to the 1860s, which had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The renovation of the 160-place nursery, which took eight months to complete, was part- funded by a £1.8 million loan from HSBC.

The day-to-day running of the setting, which is surrounded by half an acre of gardens and woodlands, will be handled by nursery manager Jay Laycock, who has more than ten years’ experience working in the sector.

Tiny Tree Day Nursery is Mr and Mrs Abbott’s third setting, joining Newbank Nursery in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and Little Angels in Huddersfield, both rated outstanding by Ofsted.

They took over the Newbank Nursery in 2004 and opened Little Angels, based in a converted church, in 2012.

Graham Abbott said, ‘We had been looking for a site in Leeds for a long time and had given up hope before I found Sycamore Lodge. It’s a stunning building and we believe it will offer the children a fantastic environment to learn and play.

‘We have achieved outstanding grades from Ofsted at our other two nurseries and that is certainly the target with Tiny Tree. We have put in place robust management structures, strong staff development programmes and policies that encourage healthy eating and living for the children. We believe Tiny Tree Day Nursery will be popular with parents, particularly those that commute into Leeds city centre.’

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