Squirrels Childcare to open second setting, in partnership with Toddleworld Nursery Management Ltd.

Toddleworld Nursery Management Ltd are working with Squirrels Childcare, to open a new day nursery in Thrapston, providing all year-round care and education for children aged 3 months until they start reception.  Located in an Old Victorian School, opposite the Nurseries Estate, the new nursery is ideally located for local families.

Squirrels Thrapston Day Nursery is owned and run by Melissa Swain, who started her career as a primary school teacher. The company started in 2013, as a home-based childcare provision. Over the years the company has blossomed into what it is today, including two Day Nurseries, Wrap Around Care, Holiday Club and also a Training Provider.

Describing the Squirrels nurseries, Melissa says “Our settings are warm, nurturing and family focused. We strive to provide the best care to every child in our settings, watching them grow and learn through real experiences and play. Throughout our team we have a wealth of knowledge and experience and look forward to welcoming families in and around Thrapston into our family.”


Melissa is also the Northamptonshire Ambassador for the Curiosity Approach, which is described as “a modern-day approach to Early Childhood. It’s a beautiful recipe book of wonderful ingredients, carefully mixed together with experience, passion and a love of Early Childhood” The Curiosity Approach.


The new 72 place nursery, at 107 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, NN14 4NG, opened its doors for the first time on 4th April 2022 Many families have already registered their children and there is a staff team of 12 in place ready to welcome them.


Emma Warner, Nursery Manager, is responsible for managing and leading the setting on a day-to-day basis. She says “after working at Squirrels in Duston for 4 years I was absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to bring the Squirrels approach to care and education to Thrapston. The local community have been so welcoming, and we have loved getting to know each and every family, and business in the area. I cannot wait to be part of this community and welcome families to the nursery”.


Parents interested in registering their children can contact Melissa and Emma on enquiriesthrapston@squirelschildcare.co.uk, or send a message via their Facebook page. Level 3 Qualified Early Years Practitioners interested in joining the Squirrels Team can use the above email address to submit their CV.


Toddleworld Nursery Management is run by the founders of the Toddletown group of nurseries, operating two sites in the South East, with more settings due to open in 2022. This well-established nursery group launched a franchising service in 2020, which aims to support owners to run their own nursery business.


Eamonn O’Connor, Managing Director of Toddleworld Nursery Management comments, “We are delighted to work with Melissa and the team at Squirrels. The quality of childcare and education is reflected in their excellent reputation. The response to the new nursery in Thrapston has been sensational and we look forward to working with Squirrels Childcare as they embark on the next phase of their growth”.