'If you have a passion, run with it': Nursery boss opens third site
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The boss of a trio of nurseries has said adopting his own kids allowed him to realise his dream.
Andrew Didwell, 30, from Mulbarton, runs Treetops Nursery for two to five-years-olds in Easton and Mulbarton, and recently opened a new base for the same age group at Hethersett Primary School.
And despite only opening on September 20, the new nursery in Queen’s Road is already 50pc full with 33 toddlers signed up.
Mr Didwell, who grew up and studied in Norwich, said: “If you have a passion for something, run with it and don’t stop. If you put your heart into something there will be a positive outcome.”
The dad did his first volunteering experience in a nursery in his late teens and embarked into the industry by completing a degree in early childhood studies at the University of East Anglia.
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He opened the first Treetops nursery in Mulbarton in January 2018 and the second one in Easton in January 2020, which look after 40 and 45 children, respectively.
Mr Didwell worked in numerous nurseries across Norwich as a practitioner and in managerial roles before opening his business, which he now runs with his husband Shane, 34, who he married in October 2019.
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The couple adopted a two-year-old and four-year-old boy a year after getting married and this has been the driver for the development of the nurseries.
The boss said being a dad has taught him and his staff about understanding how to support children better who have gone through traumatic experiences.
Mr Didwell described his adopted children as "incredible inspirations" and added: "Becoming a parent puts everything into perspective. It feels like we have had them all their lives."
In terms of how he does business and lives his life, he added: "I wear my heart on my sleeve."
He was passionate about including education in all aspects of his nurseries because it was "paramount".
The nursery owner added the quality childcare settings helped shape youngster's social and emotional wellbeing in the first few years of primary school.
Mr Didwell said he wanted to open potentially two more sites adding: "Everything happens for a reason."