A FRUSTRATION over lack of high quality childcare led a York bank manager to set up her own nursery.

Five years on and Young Discoverers Children's Nursery and Before and After School Club has seen turnover increase 753 per cent, and staff numbers grow to 24.

Founded by director Ruth Newton, the Escrick-based business is in the running to be named Small Business of the Year and Best Business and Community Link.

Ruth says both parents and staff choose Young Discoverers because of it’s culture, philosophy and ethos, with staff valued, well trained, and supported in their own personal development.

She said: "For parents, the choice is about sustainable childcare with continuity of care that improves lives and outcomes, and where children are able to reach their best potential.

"Young Discoverers team take their responsibilities in terms of child development and preparation for school very seriously."

By being based at the heart of village life, links with other local businesses and the community makes good business sense, but also gives the team a pride in the service they offer.

Working with Escrick Park Estates and the Woodland Trust has enabled the children to experience a variety of woodland adventures at Hollicarrs.

Also at Escrick Park, Young Discoverers has worked with Queen Margaret’s school music department, and the children have made a CD of songs.

Staff volunteer at local events such as the Escrick 10k race, and village school events, while the nursery itself is made available for Paediatric First Aid training out of hours.

Young Discoverers are active fundraisers, with the team taking part in Race for Life, and each year raising money for Children In Need.