Imaginations running wild at art franchise for children

Sarah Ekins brings her franchise, The Creation Station, to Pinchbeck Library where youngsters taking part are Peter Chapman (left) and Noah Sim (roght) with his mother Miranda.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Sarah Ekins brings her franchise, The Creation Station, to Pinchbeck Library where youngsters taking part are Peter Chapman (left) and Noah Sim (roght) with his mother Miranda. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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An ex-primary school teacher from Spalding has turned her love for art into a business opportunity by joining a growing franchise in the UK and Ireland.

Sarah Ekins runs her Creation Station franchise for babies and pre-school children up to the age of five, with sessions at Pinchbeck Library on Tuesdays and The Umbrella in Spalding on Wednesdays.

The sessions have been received quite well and I’ve had quite a bit of interest from parents who are now regulars with their babies and toddlers.

Sarah Ekins of The Creation Station, Pinchbeck and Spalding

Baby Discover (for babies from six to 14 months old) and Little Explorer (for children aged between 14 months and five years) sessions were started by Sarah in February, with the number of parents bringing their young children to the art and craft-centred classes steadily rising every week.

Sarah said: “I’ve always enjoyed being creative and after doing some research on the internet, I discovered The Creation Station and how it allows children to use their imagination.

“After 15 years as an early years and reception class teacher in Moulton, I made a big decision to leave my job last December because I wanted to work more flexible hours so I can pick up my son from school when he starts in September.

“The sessions have been received quite well and I’ve had quite a bit of interest from parents who are now regulars with their babies and toddlers.”

The Creation Station was started as a franchisable business by Devon mum-of-three Sarah Cressall in 2002 based on an idea that arose from time spent playing with her own children.

There are now more than 80 franchises across the British Isles which led to Mrs Cressall being named National Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.

“My aim was to inspire children’s natural creativity at an early age, in a safe and nurturing environment, by using art, craft, music and movement,” Mrs Cressall said.

“Not only is it great for children’s development, but it’s also really good fun to do this creative stuff with your child.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Ekins has plans to expand her own franchise with children’s parties, after-school clubs and other events for youngsters aged 11 and under.

“I want The Creation Station to become a big part of the community,” Sarah said.