Hello and welcome. My name is Lesley Dawson and I am the founding director of Children's Corner Childcare.
I set my first nursery up in 1995 when I couldn't find a nursery that I was confident could give my first son, Joe, a friendly and safe learning environment.
My previous career as a police officer had given me a real insight into life but nothing prepared me for being totally overwhelmed with love when my own children arrived. I knew it had to be a very special place with dedicated people that I would trust to care for my boys. I have always run the business as mum first. My husband Allan and our three sons are all directors of the company. Mattie works with the company, and Joe and Charlie take a keen interest, contributing a young perspective to the business.
We now have 10 sites across Leeds caring for over 1200 children each week. Our team strives to provide a high quality early years education and to nurture a lifelong love of learning.
I am very much aware of the challenges faced by parents today, and this is one of the reasons we introduced our Family Time Programme - take a look at our FTP page. Our approach aims to make the nursery experience as easy, relaxed and enjoyable as possible for both you and your child by providing everything your child needs.
Our doors are always open - we would love to show you around our nursery or out of school club and I hope you will offer us the opportunity to join you in giving your child the very best start in life.
For now, all I can say is: enjoy every minute because - like everyone always says, time really does pass so quickly! They go from the photo on the left to the one on the right in the blink of an eye.
Charlie, Mattie and Joe in 1998
20 years on!