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Owning Your Own Nursery School – It’s Child’s play!!

Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Owning your own nursery school

‘How was your day darling? …did you manage to finish the jigsaw puzzles or get to play in the sand pit?’ Queue raucous laughter from overzealous husband! ‘Well that’s rich coming from someone with an attention span shorter than the average you tube clip’ I retaliate rather pleased with my witty response!

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The Benefits of Pets for Young Children

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013

Pets For Young Children

Adding a furry or feathered friend to your household can be a wonderful thing and this time of year it can be extremely tempting to consider for Christmas. I mean how difficult can a small pet be: Hummmmm famous last words. I remember clearly begging my husband to allow me to add to our family unit with a pet. The debate began and I put forward a pretty strong argument in favour of pets for young children. This was what I so convincingly argued!

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New Business Start-up versus Franchise

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Business Start-up versus Franchise in Nurserys

In most cases between 70-90% of new business start-ups fail whereas over 90% of franchises are still in business after 2 years and profitable (NatWest BFA Survey 2012), read more to find out about new business start-ups versus franchises.

So, if you have woken up this morning thinking I want to start a nursery business or even better you have woken up and said I want to start a nursery then I would seriously suggest taking a look at a nursery franchise as well as thinking about doing it on your own.

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Halloween Fun in Nursery!

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Pumpkin

This Halloween week has been a week of ghosts, ghouls, witches and wizards such Halloween fun in nursery at Kids Academy Warrington!

Halloween has brought with it a whole host of sensory experiences for the children. There have been cobwebs, spiders, skeletons galore.

We have carved pumpkins, dunked apples, baked Halloween biscuits, played games, wrapped each other up as mummies and played trick or treat, themed our lunches and collected and given out more sweets and treats than I would care to imagine.

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Liverpool FC Legends return to the fold to help next generation of players

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rob Jones return to club to mentor Academy youngsters

Liverpool FC Legends Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones will pass on their knowledge in specialist sessions at Kirkby Academy.

Brendan Rodgers has enlisted the help of three Liverpool FC greats to help nurture the club’s next generation of talent.

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It’s a Franchise Family Affair

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Franchising Family

They say working with your family, pets or children can be a major challenge and avoided where possible but when it comes to the Dancy family, franchising has led them to working with all three! Jamie Brown caught up with Robert Dancy from Kids Academy to discuss the UK’s number one franchising family.

It all started with Oscar Pet Foods, which began trading in 1993 in Preston through Martin Dancy (father of Robert and Richard), making Sainsbury’s own brand pet food.

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Daybreak Experiment – Stranger Danger

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Daybreak - Stranger Danger

The experiment that aired this morning on Daybreak would have been a complete shock to all Parents, just as it was to me as a mother of three and just as it was to the Parents who had agreed to take part in such an eye opening experiment.

The fact was indeed shocking…

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Changes to planning rules aim to fuel childcare expansion

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fuel Childcare Expansion

Plans to make it easier for childcare providers to open nurseries in empty office buildings have been put out for consultation.

The move follows proposals set out in More Affordable Childcare, which aim to speed up and simplify the process for opening new nurseries to increase the provision of childcare for working families.

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Kids Academy Launch UK Day Nursery Management Franchise – 1st May 2013

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kids Academy Head Office

After 18 months of planning and design Warrington based award winning Kids Academy is now launching its children’s day nursery management franchise across the UK.

Kids Academy was set up in 1999 by Sue and Rob Jones when Rob’s career as a professional footballer ended prematurely due to injury. Rob was regarded as one of the best right backs in Premier League history and had played for Liverpool, West Ham and England, so it was a real blow to see it all end at the young age of 27.

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Dear Colleagues, it’s time we finally took control

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013

London Early Years Foundation

In response to Liz Trusses proposal to relax staff to child ratio in nurseries an e-petition has been set up. Please ensure you sign it – read more on this story to access the link and sign the petition. The e-petition needs 100,000 signatures to be raised in the House of Commons.

In addition to this, there is a campaign for the 1st June to become Children’s Day, our day to Take Over the Early Years Debate. We need to start working together

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Don’t poorer families deserve childcare help too?

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013

Sue Jones chief executive of kids academy

Last week George Osborne announced £1bn extra for childcare. What he didn’t say was that the big beneficiaries will be middle and high earners. Few poor Britons – or their children – will benefit.

Sue Jones, chief executive of the Kids Academy in Warrington, says she has seen her clients change over the past 15 years.

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I went from being on the Kop to playing alongside my heroes

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rob Jones: The former Liverpool right-back

The former Liverpool right-back on stifling Ryan Giggs on his debut and why he is not bitter that injury cut his career short.

Whether it be Hunt or Hyypia, Barnes or Berger, Rush or Reina, there is no greater test for a Liverpool player than facing Manchester United on their own patch and for some of Brendan Rodgers’ raw side it is a challenge they must prepare to tackle for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

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Tots get the jump to suit fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Amy Harper with Sienna Dobson and Lily Ruttuer at Kids Academy

CHILDREN dressed up in their favourite jumpsuits to raise money for charity.

The toddlers at Kids Academy, on Manchester Road, Woolston, were raising money for Wish Em Well, a charity that provides care, medical equipment, holidays and hospital travel for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Amy Harper, who works at Kids Academy, is also climbing Kilimanjaro in February to raise money for the Dreams Come True charity.

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Nursery World Awards 2012 shortlist revealed

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012

Nursery World Awards 2012 shortlist

Congratulations to Kerry Eccles, Kids Academy Group Operations and Training Manager on being shortlisted to the Finals of the Nursery World Awards 2012 in the Nursery Operations / Regional Manager Award Category. We would like to wish her all the very best for the event on Friday 28th September.

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Children Receive Royal Thank You From The Queen

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Children from Stables Nursery get their royal seal of approval from the Queen

It was a red letter day for youngsters at a Lower Whitely nursery when they received a letter from the Queen.

Children at Stables Nursery School, on Grimsditch Lane, were sent a royal thank you with letters from Buckingham Palace thanking them for their designs which they had sent to the Queen.

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Nursery’s Delight at Business Award

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010

Managers Leanne Wilson and Ellie Dwyer

Kalgarth Grange Nursery on Manchester Road, Paddington, has received an Investors in People Business award for good practice in business.

The nursery is run by former Liverpool defender Rob Jones and his wife Susan and is to expand.

Manager Ellie Dwyer said: “We are thrilled and want to share this award with the community.”

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Friday’s Forgotten Footballer: Rob Jones

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010

Rob Jones - Friday’s Forgotten Footballer

Rob Jones stated out at Crewe Alexandra in the old fourth division. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 17 but it wasn’t long before he was moving onto greater things.

The right back had begun to establish himself in the side before he was spotted by the then Liverpool manager Greame Souness. The Scot had come to Gresty Road in order to take a closer look at a team-mate of Jones.

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Nursery’s outstanding Ofsted

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Willows Nursery Awarded Outstanding Ofsted

Willows Nursery school has been given and outstanding Ofsted report.

The Willows Nursery School on Wilderspool Causeway are celebrating after being judged outstanding by inspectors who visited the nursery last month.

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Building new career child’s play for ex-Liverpool star Rob Jones

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rob Jones - New career in childcare

NEARLY a decade has past since Rob Jones’ world was turned upside down.

In the summer of 1999 the Liverpool defender was forced to hang up his boots after admitting defeat in his battle to overcome a serious knee injury.

At the age of 27 a player widely regarded as one of the best right-backs in Premier League history should have been in his prime, but instead he was facing up to life away from football.

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Why Jones is king of the playground

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why Rob Jones is king of the playground

“There you go, I’ve scored now,” chuckles Rob Jones as he drills the ball into an empty net.

It’s the former Reds defender’s humorous response after the subject of his less than prolific record in front of goal came to the fore in an exclusive interview with

Unfortunately for the likeable 37-year-old, the only eyes privy to such a ‘momentous’ occasion are those of an LFC scribe.

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Whatever happened to Liverpool’s Rob Jones?

Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2009

Liverpool’s Rob Jones

Rob Jones was born in Wrexham on Bonfire night in 1971. As a talented youngster he was overlooked by his hometown club and instead signed as a youngster with the renown Crewe Alexandra youth academy under the stewardship of Dario Gradi. Jones impressed enough to warrant Gradi offering him a professional contract when he was 17 in December 1988.

Jones proved an efficient and effective right back during the four years he played in the Crewe first team.

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‘Grinch’ steals our Christmas

Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Grinch' steals our Christmas

NURSERY children have been given a taste of The Grinch after an eight-foot Christmas tree was stolen from outside their building.

The youngsters, aged up to five, from the Willows Nursery School, on Wilderspool Causeway had enjoyed looking at the lights on the tree in the grounds of the Belfry Group, which is across the road from the creche.

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Where are they now?

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rob Jones playing for England and in the nursery

Fondly nicknamed Trigger by Liverpool team-mates, Jones’ career followed a meteoric rise, but was cut short by injury problems. Rob Jones now runs a chain of nursery schools in the UK and Middle East Warrington.

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Rob Jones – The best we never had

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

Rob Jones attempting to score

Early in the 1991-92 season, Liverpool were in the market for a right back to replace utility player Steve Nicol, who in turn had replaced legendary Phil Neal for a few seasons. To that end, Liverpool’s chief scout Tom Saunders had been contacted by Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi, who suggested they take a close look at their current right back, who may be available for a transfer.

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Cream of the crop… but who looks the business?

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sue gets best dressed at Warrington Business Awards

Sue gets best dressed title

Winner of the Best Dressed title at the Warrington Business Awards featured in the last issue of Close Up was former professional tennis coach Sue Jones. Sue now runs a chain of children’s nurseries in Warrington and Northwich.

The cream of the county’s businesses were honoured at this year’s Cheshire Business Awards in Chester.

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Can women have it all?

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Sue Jones in front of the nursery

As more and more women attempt to juggle bringing up families and being successful at work. Sue Jones is a mum of three, a qualified NVQ4 nursery nurse and a former professional tennis coach. She also runs her own successful chain of nurseries, under the Kids Academy Nursery Group brand.

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Glamour and success at the Warrington Business Awards

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006

Kids Academy Nursery Group Training and Development award winner

Glamour and success at the Warrington Business Awards for Training and Development award winner Kids Academy Nursery Group. Award collected by Sue Jones founder and Chief Operations Officer.

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The Rise of the Super Nursery

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006

The Rise of the Super Nursery

Outside London, the North west has its own nascent super Nursery, in the form of Kalgarth Grange nursery school in Cheshire; which was opened by retired footballer Rob Jones and his wife. Robbie Fowler, Steve MacMannaman were guests at their launch party.

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Premier League Childcare

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Rob Jones playing football with the children in the nursery

Former Liverpool footballer Rob Jones, and his wife Sue have kicked off a new Premier League childcare career with four nurseries in the Kids Academy chain the business is growing from strength to strength.

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Life After The Beautiful Game

Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003

Life After The Beautiful Game

Life After The Beautiful Game
After eight years as a professional footballer and England star Rob Jones crashed out of the game through injury. A less strong character might not have been able to cope, but with the help of his family. Rob has fought back with a new career…setting up nursery schools!

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Redmen Revisited: Rob Jones

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

How it felt when he was told he had to retire prematurely catch up with former Reds full-back Rob Jones, who tells us about life after Anfield and just how it felt when he was told he had to retire prematurely

Rob, what have you been doing since you hung up your boots?

For the first six months I was depressed! I then opened a children’s nursery school in Stockton Heath, Warrington. I’ve also been training back at Crewe which is just to keep fit.

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Nursery costs leave parents struggling to make ends meet

Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2002

Parent signing cheque for childcare fees

Nursery costs leave parents struggling to make ends meet
For many women the choice is a stark one. Sacrifice the career to bring up baby. Or sacrifice everything else to afford the fees other people will charge to bring up baby. For many women the choice is a stark one. Sacrifice the career to bring up baby. Or sacrifice everything else to afford the fees other people will charge to bring up baby.

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  • Ofsted Outstanding Award
  • Positive About Disabled People
  • Apprentice of the year
  • Work Safe Award
  • The Royal Society for the Provention of Accidents
  • Investors in People
  • Warrington Business Awards
  • Food Hygiene Rated 5 out of 5 - Scores On The Doors
  • ISO 9001 - Quality Management
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management
  • ISO 18001 - Health and Safety
  • ISO 27001 - Information Security
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