In the moonlight is a chance for us to shine a light on the people who make up Banana Moon. We have been speaking to the winners of the Midnight Moon Award Franchisee of the year 2022, Lorraine and Satvir. They have had a whirlwind experience after opening the doors of Banana Moon Bromley just over a year ago, they have grown from strength to strength.
Choosing a Franchise
‘We both have three children all of whom went to nursery, and we already had experience and a love of franchising so decided to start looking at the childcare sector for franchise opportunities. While looking at nursery franchises, we had the discussion of ‘if we had more children, would we want our child to go here’. When we looked through Banana Moon’s brochure and instantly felt like it was us! The biometric access and fresh feeling throughout the nurseries really sold Banana moon initially. We proceeded to book in a meeting with Mark and Josh which happened quickly and smoothly. Another tick for us. We did our homework and, not only spoke to Banana Moon but enquired at other franchises. Every other franchise we looked at didn’t compare and we ended up signing on the dotted line.
We knew that the process to open Banana Moon Bromley’s doors might take some time as we needed to find a good property with enough space and renovate. We were searching for the perfect property when Josh called us about a property in the location we were looking in, which was already had planning for the nursery. We couldn’t believe our luck! It was meant for us. Work started shortly and within 7 months we were ready to open our doors. Satvir and I became nominated persons for the nursery and completed training ready for Ofsted which we are incredibly proud of especially when they have not previously owned a nursery.
Opening the Nursery
Opening during Covid has certainly been a baptism of fire, but we have weathered the storm and have come out the other end better. We were the first nursery in the area to allow parents back into the setting due to the safe biometric access which proved to us that our thoughts from the beginning were right! The first year had been a steep learning curve and we have achieved so much. With the help of our manager Kathleen, we soon realised that Millie’s Mark would be the next step. While many members of staff were trained in paediatric first aid, our nursery has many areas such as soft play, an outdoor classroom and three floors so if an incident were to happen it wouldn’t be certain that a qualified member of staff would be there. We chose to go through the process to get everyone, from the cook to our managers, trained in paediatric first aid. We are pleased to say that we now have the recognition of Millie’s Mark which means no matter where an incident happens someone will be present who can assist.
We are thoroughly proud of our nursery and all we have achieved in our first year. We know our nursery is incredible but having recognition from the NDNA Awards was amazing! We applied for two awards and were shortlisted in both categories, Working with parents and Online and Social Media. For a nursery which was only open for a year, this was incredible. While we didn’t walk away with a trophy, we were thrilled to know our efforts had been noticed. The icing on the cake for this year was taking home Franchisee of the Year and being nominated in other categories at the Midnight Moon Awards 2022.
We work hard to make our nursery a place where we would want to send our children and when we both enter the nursery, we know that we have achieved this and more. We have big plans for the nursery and are hoping to gain a grant for a Forest School area and a sustainable wildflower area with a vegetable garden. We can’t wait to see how much we can achieve in the next few years and hopefully show everyone else how outstanding Banana Moon Bromley is!”
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