Here, Michelle Lee chats to us on how she fell into owning childcare franchise Tumble Tots, after years in the Science sector…
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you were doing before you bought your Tumble Tots franchise
I’m Michelle and I have two boys aged 4 and 7 who have both attended the Tumble Tots programme. I have a scientific background and straight from University I embarked upon a career in Drug Safety Evaluation. I have a BSc in Pharmacology and a MSc in Applied Toxiciology. As my family grew, my priorities in life changed and after 11 years working as a Toxicologist, I went in search of a job which suited family life better. As both my boys attended Tumble Tots I already had a great insight into how beneficial the programme is to child development and so jumped at the chance to become a part of the Newcastle team as a Play Worker when a vacancy arose.
Why did you choose to buy a Tumble Tots franchise?
After working as a Play Worker as part of the Newcastle team for 16 months, the franchise owner of 8 years decided to sell their business to pursue a different career. I jumped at the chance to take over the business and it was a very smooth transition as I already had strong links with the current team, the children and their parents/carers. I knew instantly that I would enjoy the challenge of running my own business and I already knew how much I loved participating in all of the Tumble Tots sessions, so for me it was a very easy decision to make.
What is the best thing about owning and running your franchise?
I am struggling to think of just one best thing!! It doesn’t feel like work as we have fun every single day! And you can set your own business hours meaning that it fits perfectly around busy family life. By far the most rewarding part of running a Tumble Tots franchise is seeing all the children’s skills progressing week on week and watching their confidence soar!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own Tumble Tots franchise?
My advice would be go for it! It is a very rewarding job. You get a great support network with the head office team and your fellow franchisees are also extremely helpful and on hand for idea sharing and support. Tumble Tots is a very strong brand and has stood the test of time as we are currently celebrating our 40th year of delivering our wonderful classes!