Pinchbeck childcare nursery’s bid to expand to meet growing demand

Sunflower Lodge Childcare staff pictured (back) with a youth football team from West Pinchbeck. SG210916-201TW
Sunflower Lodge Childcare staff pictured (back) with a youth football team from West Pinchbeck. SG210916-201TW
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Owners of a children’s day nursery in Pinchbeck hope to extend their booming business to the building next door to meet demand.

Lisa Oddie and Rebecca Evans, who own Sunflower Lodge Childcare in Elsoms Way, Pinchbeck, have nearly 60 children, from babies to two years, attend 4 Apex Court each day.

Lisa says they have another 25 children on their waiting list, mostly two-year-olds, and they want to use the ground floor of number 5 for additional nursery services.

The business opened in 2010 and also runs breakfast and after school clubs for schoolchildren up to age of 12, mostly caring for pupils of St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Spalding.

Sunflower Lodge has submitted a planning application to South Holland District Council for a change of use of the ground floor at number 5 from an office to a nursery.

Lisa said: “At the moment it’s an idea. There are lots of things that have to fall into place before we can go ahead with it but we are incredibly hopeful.

“We would like to be able to offer something quite bespoke and tailored to families with two-year-old children.”

Sunflower Lodge has a 20-strong staff involved in day care from 7am to 6pm.

Lisa says the success of the business has come largely through word of mouth recommendations from parents.

• Sunflower Lodge Childcare was recently in the news when it sponsored the kit for a West Pinchbeck youth football team.