Opening a new nursery with Famly How Homestead Day Nursery did it
Homestead Day Nursery
Who are they?

Outdoor space matters to Rachel Lloyd. In 2017, she set up her very first nursery with business partner and friend Kim Jones, and they knew exactly what their focus should be.

“We are Reggio-inspired,” Rachel says, “and we’re trying to create an environment to inspire our children to explore, investigate and be creative every day.”

What was going on?

Opening a new nursery is tricky at any time, and with such ambitious aims for their setting, Rachel understood they needed to get it right from the start.

“We want to give our children their best day…every day,” Rachel explains. For her and her staff, this meant making sure they could spend time with the children, and not at their computers.

“We couldn’t do without Famly! It makes all our enquiries instantly answerable and we are always in touch with families, sharing photos, information and messages. The room planning and revenue and debt apps have been a vital support to our business and organisation.”

Rachel Lloyd, Owner, Homestead Day Nursery

What did they do?

After a recommendation on Facebook, Rachel got in touch with Famly. “We are really glad we chose Famly to support our new business.” Rachel says. “We didn’t really know what we would need before starting out,” she goes on, “but the support we have received from the beginning right up to now has been fantastic.”

Checking occupancy and chasing up invoices without any hassle has made a real difference to their business. Elsewhere, easy communication with parents in the app turned out to be a simple way to keep everything in one place.

What happened next?

“It has without doubt saved valuable staff time.” Says Rachel. “Less time writing up records means more time with the children.”

Fewer hours entering details, chasing up parents, or searching for basic information gave the whole team more time to spend on what they started the nursery for. That is, giving the children in their care the best environment to grow, in the beautiful outdoor setting that they originally imagined.

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