LITTLE ANGELS CHILDCARE LIMITED
Based in Chadwell Heath, Little Angels Childcare, a nursery franchise of Monkey Puzzle, provides 1:3 ratio care for babies, tweenies and pre-school children with all the care needed to thrive cognitively through health and tailored curriculum. Their USP is that they have an app (FAMLY) which sends consistent updates to parents, giving them peace of mind through the day. The business is growing and is now fundraising for working capital and expansion to help meet demands.
Providing parents peace of mind through the day by providing leading child care
Our nursery is split into two main areas, our large and open playroom filled with equipment to help sensorial development and our newly renovated sleeping area fit for babies from 3 months to sleep in. We consistently monitor the temperature of the babies to ensure they are comfortable and the integrated glass wall allows us to monitor the children at all times. We even have a dedicated space in our garden with soft artificial grass for the babies to crawl and stumble to their heart's content.
Our USP is that we have an app (FAMLY) which sends consistent updates to parents, giving them peace of mind through the day. This includes: how long their children have slept, what they’ve eaten, photos and videos as well as reports.
All of our team members are fully trained professionals for children ranging from 3 months to 5 years and we follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for our curriculum. We acknowledge that each child is unique and so we cater to each child’s ability to help encourage learning that works for them in order to help them succeed. Our team also takes our children on educational trips in order for them to learn more about themselves and the world around them.
The key areas that we focus on are the following:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal social and emotional development
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
We also take mental health very seriously and ensure they feel that they are in a safe and secure environment. For each carer, we delegate no more than three children so each child receives as much care as possible. Our nursery is also registered with OFSTED, so our parents feel confident that they are in the right hands.
It has been an incredible journey for us and our business is growing in demand and so we will be fundraising for our expansion and working capital.
The director is providing a personal guarantee, this means that if the business fails, the director becomes personally liable for the loan. The director is a homeowner, however, this does not ensure there are sufficient assets should the loan need to be recovered. There have been no CCJs for the business or director. In 2021, admin costs were £446,322 and other operating income was £104,817. In 2022, admin costs were £473,025 and other operating income was £16,492. The admin expenses in the financial table below includes other operating income. There is a monthly commitment on childcare fees which supports affordability in the bank statements. The accounts remain well in credit.
Initially, the business was closed because of COVID but once they opened up again as restrictions eased, business picked up within a month and customers were happy to arrange care with us and so far we have had no cases at all. Overall, the business itself was not very much impacted as it was an essential need for working parents. Children were still able to develop socially and they currently have 82 children enrolled and more on their waiting list.
Where will the funds go?
"Providing parents peace of mind through the day by providing leading child care"