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

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14th Jan

Fantastic Classes

Alexis organises and runs fantastic classes. Really interactive and thoroughly organised. Would definitely recommend to any parent of inquisitive toddlers.

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29th Dec

Great for 6 Year Old

My son really enjoyed his slime workshop. It was the second one he had attended, as he had so much fun the first time round!

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28th Dec


Excellent! Jude is great. My kids are normally quite nervous and reluctant to join in, but they both love it, plus it keeps them stimulated doing something fun.

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28th Dec

Highly recommended...

These are lovely.... Just like real eggs but plastic.... Not brittle which is fantastic ..... And very quick delivery even considering xmas and lockdown .... Thank you highly recommended

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24th Dec

Site teams building excellence day

Judith did a brilliant job for us. The activity was well organized and everyone was very engaged.

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22nd Dec

Love the creation station session they…

Love the creation station session they are brilliant the kids love them too

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22nd Dec

Brilliant craft sessions

We attended the finishing touches Christmas craft session today and it was brilliant value for money, really well organised and very covid safe.

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21st Dec

My children and I always enjoy the…

My children and I always enjoy the creative activities with Alexis. Really looking forward to the next one.

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21st Dec

Lovely session

Lovely session, thank you!

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21st Dec


Fabulous morning spent with the children doing festive activities. Great value for money. Will definitely be booking again.