Almost two years ago I left my job with the dream to set up a small, outdoor focussed nursery. In September 2019 we broke ground on what would turn out to be the muddiest construction project ever undertaken! On 9th March 2020, we opened to families in a brand new bespoke, carefully constructed log cabin building. We were just starting to gain a small but passionately committed group of families when the announcement came that all nurseries are to close to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.
We always had the aim that it was more than “just a nursery”. While early education is my core passion, working with and for the local community is a close second. I love where I live, and I wanted to establish a long term asset to our local community as a resource for support, guidance and friendly help.
Building the nursery has taken over a year of careful planning, paperwork, and financial input. To be unable to work and serve our local community after being open only two weeks comes as a devastating time for us as a business and us as a family. All small new businesses run at a loss in their first few months, but our financial planning for this season was based on steadily gaining new families, and interest in our nursery spaces which would secure our business for years to come as a local nursery and community hub.
The closure of all schools and nurseries has come at the worst financial time - before we have been open long enough to attract new families and secure a base from which to operate in the long term. Even if the Government cover all our funded and private sessions for families we had on our books (which is not currently offered) we will still be making a loss but without any possibility of being able to grow.
I am writing to you today to ask if you would consider being a partner with us in this crisis. With your help, we may be able to weather this storm together and arrive on the other side able to reopen.
What can you do?
Please pray for us. Unless God builds this business we labour in vain. We earnestly desire your prayers to hold us in a constant awareness of God’s grace and sovereignty.
Can you provide help in the form of advice, contacts/introductions/networking? Perhaps you know of schemes or grants, or know others who may be able to help us.
If you have the means, please consider supporting us financially. There is no pressure and we find it very difficult to ask but it is highly unlikely we will be able to survive without financial help despite government measures. This would not only deprive our community of what we feel is an opportunity to make real positive change, but also jobs we provide and plan to provide in future. We are fully financially committed to this venture and now have no reserve.
Please contact me if you have any questions or can offer your support in any way. Please keep us in your prayers as we pray for our local communities and our nation.