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The desire for flexibility and running your own business inspires eight women to change their career to run their own Creation Station franchise.



The desire to be your own boss and to have your own flexible business with lots of support, inspired eight women to change their careers. They have moved on from a variety of careers including teaching, genetic engineering, publishing, nursing and also from being a stay at home mum to running their own Creation Station franchise and now inspire their local community with award winning art and craft classes, parties and events.


Finding flexible working that enables parents to prioritise their children and family needs can be a challenge. Many parents want flexibility to have time with their pre-school aged children and also to be there to support their school aged children.


Rachel Simpson from  Nottinghamshire  wanted to change her career from teaching but still wanted to inspire children. Having always dreamt of running her own business but not enough confidence to go it alone, she felt the Creation Station could give her the rewarding and satisfying business opportunity she had been looking for.





Shobhana Sankar from Sutton has a background in genetic engineering, both Rachel Simpson from South Nottingham and Indi Johal from Letchworth Garden City worked as Teachers, Mel Valente from Gosport has worked as a Nursery Assistant and Nanny, Leanne Griffin from Thame was a stay at home mum, Sinead Thornton had a career in nursing in the Republic of Ireland, Hayley Raison from Sevenoaks worked in the Financial Sector, and Sally Martin from Paisley worked in Digital Publishing.


“Since having my daughter Kaydie, 4 years ago, I have been looking for a better way of balancing work and family commitments. Although I worked part time in the financial sector, when Kaydie started school, I was desperate to be around for her after school, as my mum had been for me.  As well as this, it's  also important for me gain a sense of pride and achievement from my work. When I’m a granny  I don't want to look back and think 'I wish I'd done that...' I want to look back with a feeling of job satisfaction and to say Wow! I achieved that and I loved doing it too." explained Hayley Raison from Sevenoaks "What I love about running my own Creation Station, is that I am making my future happen by doing the things that I love and that are really important to me - all this is now possible - and it feels wonderful."


The Creation Station is the UK's leading and fastest growing children's creative experience franchise. With a passion for helping to inspire children’s imaginations the experiences include: Baby Discover classes, Little Explorer classes, Arty Birthday Parties and Event Entertainment.


These experiences operate in over 500 centres and are delivered by over 75 franchise owners across the UK.


“I am very proud of our team of franchise owners, as they share our passion and values about nurturing creativity and help to inspire children’s imaginations” says Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director. “Our eight new inspiring ladies are very warmly welcomed to our team and we are fully committed to support, nurture and help them to achieve the personal and

financial success that they want.”


For more information about The Creation Station experience please visit  To find out about running your own Creation Station franchise call Maggie on 01395 349462 or visit



What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6777 reviews on Trustpilot

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4th Aug


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Today me and my daughters participated in two free taster sessions with Kelly via Zoom. One was for babies and the other was for children of a similar age to my four year old. Kelly was so so friendly and that really came across even through a screen. I loved the variety of activities the girls did, each creating a very different name plaque and one princess mirror. The bags were delivered last week which gave me time to look through them and just made everything smooth and organised. We are defiantly interested in further sessions around yearly events such as Christmas. If the virtual session today was as good as it was I can only imagine how fun and engaging a real life face to face one would be! Thanks again Kelly!!?

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4th Aug

Excellent session and good value-…

Excellent session and good value- especially with the £4 refreshment credit. My children had a lovely time and it was such a beautiful location too. Lovely to finally be able to get out to a group after all these months of lockdown so thank you to Kelly for being inventive and finding a safe way to do this during this crisis. We are looking forward to the next session!

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4th Aug

My little girl loves creation station

My little girl loves creation station. She talks about all her creations when she gets home and it helps that the wonderful Kelly is so patient and kind with all the kids! It gave me the confidence as a parent to try new crafts with scissors (eeek) and glitter (double eeek)! The sessions are so much fun!

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3rd Aug

Really lovely morning

Really lovely morning. Great organisation. Fabulous venue. Highly recommended.

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22nd Jul

Great online classes

Great online classes, my son looks forward to them every week and really enjoys them. Great value aswell for all the materials you get.

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21st Jul

Lovely evening crafting

Lovely evening crafting with Nat Jaquiss. All resources that you need are supplied and guidance on how to complete craft is given. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. Thank you.

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20th Jul

Well organised and excellent value for…

Well organised and excellent value for money. Claire is brilliant with the children. Annie (7) really loves these classes and my eldest daughter is looking forwArd to the 11+ classes. Would highly recommend :-)

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20th Jul

Creation Station Halifax

My six year old son has just had his third online session of creation station. All the materials were delivered by Claire ready for the sessions. He has loved trying to guess what he will be using each week. The instructions given by Claire online are easy for the children to understand and good cultural links. Bailey has really enjoyed getting creative and can’t wait for the next session.

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20th Jul

Perfect for children

My children really enjoy their creative time with Claire.

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19th Jul

Learning Macrame

Really enjoyed the zoom session learning macrame Pre course instructions were good. Everything needed was delivered to us. I’d highly recommend.