Award Winning Creation Station Franchise Combats Childcare Costs Enabling Mums To Run Own Business

The crippling cost of childcare means that one in four working parents are forced into debt or have to consider leaving work as they cannot afford to pay their childcare costs. The report, published jointly by two charities – the Daycare Trust and Save the Children, comes at a time when childcare costs have never been higher.

Sarah Cressall set up her own business with three children under three and a half years: "The childcare costs where prohibitive for me to go back to work and yet I needed to bring in an income."

Cressall established The Creation Station to provide educationally based art and crafts experiences for children. "The business system I developed enabled me to bring my three boys to work where they joined in with the classes. I removed all our families childcare costs and could contribute to the our income," states Cressall. "As my boys have grown, I have also been able to be there for them as I can work flexibly around their needs."

Due to the demand for alternative family friendly work solutions, Cressall franchised The Creation Station with support from the British Franchise Association. In the past 12 months the number of mums running their own Creation Station franchise has more than doubled, from 20 to 52 franchise owners. The Creation Station announced today they have awarded the Crème de la Crème Business Award which showcase and celebrate the very best in business excellence.

Angela Hood from Tyne and Wear recently gave up her career as a solicitor and has just completed her training to run he own Creation station Franchise. "The cost of childcare and the fact that I had hardly any time with my daughter made me seriously reviewing my situation," said Hood. "Running my own franchise, with the systems and support in place gives me the opportunity to earn, with no childcare costs. Plus I now have the work life balance I really want so that I can now be there for my daughter."

The Creation Station supports families looking for alternatives to rising childcare costs and is providing the family activity centre at The National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC on February 24 and 25, and at Olympia on 16 and 17 March. The Creation Station is also proud to be sponsoring the Working Mums Live Exhibition at the Design Centre in London on the 27 March. For more information on the franchise opportunity, please click here.