Child care company enjoying growth

Success: Staff at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd
Success: Staff at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd

Charlotte Roebuck set up HLC in August 2007 with an initial investment of £106,000 from her own savings.

Her first nursery, based on Wakefield Road, Hipperholme, achieved Ofsted Outstanding in July 2008.

As a mother, Charlotte’s vision was to establish a new nursery that increased parental choice in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, and raised the standards of care.

The business soon established a reputation for high quality.

With high demand and long waiting lists larger premises were quickly required. New premises were found and converted and Hipperholme & Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Limited opened its nursery in May 2010 based on Bradford Road, Brighouse.

The nursery is set out over three floors and 500m2 of rooms and support facilities and extensive outdoor facilities. The nursery again achieved an outstanding judgement during its Ofsted inspection in October 2010.

As Ofsted stated: “The staff team is highly dedicated and provides an excellent provision which is exemplary in fostering children’s learning and development.”

Mrs Roebuck, who is managing director, said: “We have a passionate team of childcare professionals who continue to maintain HLC’s reputation for top quality childcare.”

The nursery currently employs 32 staff and is registered with Ofsted to care for 145 children at any one time and is now well established as one of the largest day nurseries in Calderdale.

It provides both pre-school childcare for babies aged from eight-weeks-old and wrap-around care for school children from local primary schools up to the age of 11.

The nursery also provides government funded childcare each week for 60 children aged between three-and-four-years-old.

The nursery is now keen to implement the new government funded initiative for two-year-olds.

Mrs Roebuck, and her husband, Robert, who is also a director, are Apprenticeship Ambassadors and are focused on training all staff to the highest standards.

The company provides all new staff with Advanced Apprenticeship training leading onto a three year undergraduate course. The company has developed training partnerships with Huddersfield University, Calderdale College and Burnley College in a commitment to continual professional development.

The company currently employs nine undergraduates working towards degrees in early years. One of the new initiatives for 2012 has been the delivery of the undergraduate programme within the nursery, as opposed to at the college campus.

In under five years company turnover has reached £1m and it has established itself as a leading high quality provision. It has also picked up accolades along the way, “New Business of the Year 2011” and Mrs Roebuck being judged “Young Business Person of the Year 2011” as well as our Deputy Manager, Victoria Wilson, being shortlisted at the national Nursery World Awards in 2011.

The success of HLC has always been based on; employing the very best childcare professions; supporting them with high quality training; continual investment in the indoor and outdoor facilities; and using self-evaluation to ensure the company continues to meet the needs of families in the local community.

The company prides itself on working closely with parents and ensuring that the care provided is relevant to each unique child.

And for the future, a new 150 place nursery is in the planning and will open in 2012.

It will provide 30 new jobs and provide much needed high quality childcare for local parents.

Next month the staff team are off to Whinfell Forest, Center Parcs, as part of the company’s commitment to quality training. The aim is to begin training for the implementation of the new Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2012.