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The Owners

Who are we?

On August 21st 2014 ownership of the nursery transferred from Toddle In Day Nursery Ltd to First Explorers Ltd. We are a family run business from Newark. The new management team consists of Gillian Watson, David Watson, Susan Watson and Alison Thomas.

As a family we have lots of experience in working with children and want to bring that experience to Beacon Lane Day Nursery and make it the best in Grantham – our intention is to provide a premium service and to enable all the children to get the best possible start.

We are passionate about early years education and enjoy working with children. We are looking forward to working together with the children, parents/carers and staff at Beacon Lane Day Nursery.

Get in touch

Gillian Watson

Nursery Manager/Owner

Gillian became a Nursery Nurse in a private day nursery and went on to train as an Early Years teacher. She has been an Early Years teacher for 12 years and spent some of that time as a consultant Early Years teacher in Brent, London.

David Watson


David is a retired teacher who was a secondary school teacher in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire for 33 years, where he taught ICT and mathematics.



Susan Watson


Susan is also retired, but was an Early Years teacher for 20 years in Newark.


Alison Thomas

Alison was the Director of Equation which is a national charity based in Nottingham  promoting awareness of domestic abuse and violence.


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