Amanda was previously a primary school teacher who decided to move onward and upward into a childcare related business. Another example where finding the right location was important, in this case the answer was an old railway station – not any old station, but a Grade II listed building!

With guidance from Mark Crosby and support of local parents keen to have a Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery nearby (it’s always useful to have a respected brand), planning permission for change of use was applied for and granted, following which the building was sensitively restored and converted into a superb children’s day care facility.

Amanda has much admiration for Mark Crosby and the support she receives. “I could not possibly have done all this without him and I have certainly found this to be an exceptional franchise” she says.

What about OFSTED? “Our inspection went very well indeed. The children were seen to be happy and contented, and it was gratifying to receive some very positive comments regarding the way things are run” Amanda reports.

In business terms the operation is totally satisfactory with good levels of turnover and profitability achieved. Significantly, as a result of the first-class reputation quickly established, more and more enquiries are being received from parents.

In order to fulfil demand, Amanda is already developing plans to open a second Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery in the St. Albans area.