What is Playtime Nurseries?
Playtime Nurseries is the result of Victoria and Craig Robson’s hard work and dedication to providing excellent childcare within a setting full of happiness and laughter.
Victoria came up with the idea of Playtime Nurseries after her son was born. Being a working mummy herself she visited nursery after nursery trying to find the one that was going to give her little bundle of blue the care, support, life skills and love that is required of a nursery helping to shape the futures of our small generation’s minds. Victoria wanted to find a nursery that would welcome her son as if he was a part of a ‘family’.
Unfortunately she came across many nurseries that just didn’t make the cut and just wasn’t what you would want for your child. Upon visiting one nursery a little boy stood crying for his mummy and was told by a practitioner to “stop being silly” and was then left alone to cry.
It was at this point that the Playtime dream began, Victoria walked away from that nursery with the feeling that she could provide the care and love that she had for her own child to all children and decided her little boy would not be attending a nursery until it was just how she wanted it.
During this period of time, Victoria had her second child, a little girl.
Victoria and her husband, Craig, started looking at potential nursery sites then she came across Miles House in Shepperton.
The perfect location was here, but it cost a lot of money, money she just didn’t have!
So, not one to be defeated, Victoria and Craig sold their house and used the equity in their home for a deposit on Miles House she could and still looking after 2 small children, whilst Craig worked overtime in his position with the Police force.
Eventually they made enough money to be able to place the deposit on the building, here they were met by another obstacle! Neither Victoria or Craig had worked within a nursery let alone ran one, Victoria came from the world of recruitment! The landlord was dubious of letting such a large building out to a couple who had no previous experience, but, after much persuasion he allowed Victoria and Craig to take over the lease and they set about creating Playtime Nursery.
Victoria spent day and night painting and decorating Miles House whilst Craig helped in every spare minute he had, there wasn’t a lot of relaxing for the next 6 months as, along with looking after her own 2 young children, she was marketing this new up and coming nursery and interviewing potential staff to help her grow this dream and release the potential that she knew this journey had. It was a challenging time but, as a family, they worked together and didn’t give up.
Victoria soon found her staff, only the best would do, and Playtime Nursery Shepperton was opened in Shepperton 2008.
Children were attending the nursery, parents were stopping to chat to the staff, staff were getting along better than could ever be expected and eventually Victoria realised she hadn’t just started a business, she had extended her own family by lots of little people and some amazing people that were helping her dream become a reality.
A few years later Playtime Staines was born and then Playtime Wandsworth, the children numbers grew and more staff joined, this family was just growing and growing!
Playtime Nurseries is and will always be a family ran nursery offering the best childcare around and its expanding all the time.
Victoria, Craig and their children want to welcome you and your children to Playtime and hope that you love it just as much as they do.
Oh… and did you know that the little boy and little girl within the Playtime Nurseries logo is actually Charlie and Pippa Robson, the two reasons Playtime Nurseries was created!