Mum Creates her own job by running a nursery

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FACED with redundancy, mum Karen Jameson was desperate to find work to pay the bills.

“One minute I was creche manager at a gym, the next there was nothing. I had no idea what to do,” says Karen, 37.

It wasn’t just finding work, it was trying to find something flexible that would fit around her husband Darren’s shifts and allow her to take care of her children, Aidan, seven, and Holly, five, after school.

“Like so many mums, I began to think I was never going to find work.”

Struggling to find a job, Karen decided to create her own – and set up a ­childcare business.

FLEXIBLE

She already had the ­qualifications and had worked in ­childcare for years.

“I spotted a missing piece in the jigsaw of childcare in this country,” says Karen. “The concept of providing ­flexible, affordable childcare. I’d visited America and it was ­everywhere – you were able to drop off your kids with little or no notice, without contracts or paying for care months in advance.”

So Karen, from Cheltenham, started researching the industry.

“Other than in major shopping centres and shops such as Ikea, I couldn’t find anyone with pay-as-you-play childcare.”

Karen spoke to the manager at LA Fitness, where she had worked. “Because they’d shut the creche, I knew they had a room that would be perfect for me. So I asked to rent it.”

Determined to keep her costs down, she set about ­decorating the area herself.

“I had to use electricians and builders for certain bits but other than that I got friends and family to help and worked every spare minute to get it ready.”

FACED with redundancy, mum Karen Jameson was desperate to find work to pay the bills.

“One minute I was creche manager at a gym, the next there was nothing. I had no idea what to do,” says Karen, 37.

It wasn’t just finding work, it was trying to find something flexible that would fit around her husband Darren’s shifts and allow her to take care of her children, Aidan, seven, and Holly, five, after school.

“Like so many mums, I began to think I was never going to find work.”

Struggling to find a job, Karen decided to create her own – and set up a ­childcare business.

FLEXIBLE

She already had the ­qualifications and had worked in ­childcare for years.

“I spotted a missing piece in the jigsaw of childcare in this country,” says Karen. “The concept of providing ­flexible, affordable childcare. I’d visited America and it was ­everywhere – you were able to drop off your kids with little or no notice, without contracts or paying for care months in advance.”

So Karen, from Cheltenham, started researching the industry.

“Other than in major shopping centres and shops such as Ikea, I couldn’t find anyone with pay-as-you-play childcare.”

Karen spoke to the manager at LA Fitness, where she had worked. “Because they’d shut the creche, I knew they had a room that would be perfect for me. So I asked to rent it.”

Determined to keep her costs down, she set about ­decorating the area herself.

“I had to use electricians and builders for certain bits but other than that I got friends and family to help and worked every spare minute to get it ready.”

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