New Wee Nippers centre fulfils dream

19:42, Oct 28 2012
Fitzgerald, 1, with Tina Fitzgerald and Annabelle Smith, 7
A PLACE TO PLAY: Saskia Fitzgerald, 1, with Tina Fitzgerald and Annabelle Smith, 7, at the launch of Wee Nippers early-childhood centre in Invercargill yesterday.

An early-childhood centre geared towards "helping out the working families" is opening in Invercargill next week.

Owner Simone Flight said Wee Nippers was the realisation of an eight-year dream to "provide the community with what we struggled to find for our own children".

"It's been our dream for a while."

Long opening hours, from 7.30am to 6pm, aimed to support parents and businesses in balancing work and family life, Ms Flight said.

As an independent, locally owned and operated business, she also hoped it will provide a lift for the area.

She and her co-owner husband George Crossan sought to employ mainly Southland businesses "as much as possible" during construction.

Centre manager Stacey Gallagher said the centre was an ideal place for children to play.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing kids out there playing. It's a beautiful building."

Wee Nippers will open on November 5, cater for 75 children aged 3 months to 5 years, and employ 15 staff.


The Southland Times