A new childcare and community centre has opened in an old pub near Sheffield city centre, creating six jobs.
Kelham Island Community Child Care has opened in the Old Bulls Head on Dun Street after Jo and Nathan Broughton obtained a commercial mortgage for £125,000.
The nursery is managed by Jo who has more than 22 years’ experience in childcare.
She said: “I worked for the local authority, offering childcare through Sure Start, so I have a good working knowledge of what is needed in terms of child care and community services.
“It’s a wonderful job and I do it because I love it. There is a need for family services in the area. We have places for up to 48 children. At the moment we are operating at just over half that figure but people are talking about the centre more and more and word is getting out that we are open.
“We want Kelham Island Community Child Care to be a place for families to come and share in activities together.”
Six jobs were created when the centre opened and Jo hopes to increase that figure as it grows.
It provides child and nursery care for youngsters from eight months old.
Services include holiday clubs as well as free Early Years sessions, the centre is registered to offer these provisions to children aged two to four.
It also provides community music sessions, baby massage, baby yoga, a book library and play sessions, and is working with other organisations on more activities to make it a central part of the community.
Jo and Nathan were helped by NatWest relationship manager William Islip, who obtained a commercial mortgage to support the purchase.
Jo said: “The support from William and NatWest has been great. They said they had faith in my business and business plan which is exactly what any business needs when starting out.
William said: “It’s a wonderful centre which provides a much-needed service to families in the area and I wish it every success for the future.”