From small acorns grow a successful nursery chain

Jo Kavakeb with two-and-a-half year old Harry Davis, who attends the new Squirrels Nurseries pre-school in Hemel Hempstead
Jo Kavakeb with two-and-a-half year old Harry Davis, who attends the new Squirrels Nurseries pre-school in Hemel Hempstead
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A mum-of-three who grew up in Hemel Hempstead before leaving to set up her own chain of nurseries has opened a pre-school in her home town.

Jo Kavakeb, who owns Squirrels Nurseries, opened the doors to the latest branch at the Jupiter Community Free School last week.

Ms Kavakeb grew up round the corner in Martian Avenue, and attended Bellgate Primary – now Yewtree Primary – before going onto the Cavendish School.

She said: “From the age of six I knew I wanted to work with children. I’m delighted to be returning to Hemel Hempstead and in particular to the community in which I grew up.

“Hemel Hempstead is special in that it has small clusters of communities each with their own unique charm and attraction.

“Highfield is no different and the children growing up here deserve opportunities to achieve their full potential.”

Ms Kavakeb – who is mum to Dominic, Toby and Libby, all in their 20s – first established Squirrels Nurseries in 1990 and now has pre-schools in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Broxbourne and Watford.

For more, visit www.squirrelsnurseries.co.uk