My name is Louise Hayes, and I am the Managing Director of First Friends. I live in Hampshire with my husband, young daughter, Indiana and son, Zac.
I started my childcare journey back in 2003 as an apprentice. I am a qualified nursery practitioner and previously worked as nursery manager for a well-known chain of nurseries for a number of years.
With 20 years-experience and a degree in Early Years and Education,
I am doing what I love.
I knew early on in my career, that I wanted to, one day, open my own nursery. I gained valuable experience working in the early years sector - learning what worked well and what didn't work so well.
With this knowledge and my passion for providing quality childcare, I opened my first nursery near Salisbury. That was ten years ago!
Over the years, I have expanded and opened up three other nurseries, in the local area.
I wouldn't be able to do my job if it wasn't for my fantastic team and my uncle Paul, who has been by my side since the start, offering his business knowledge and support throughout my journey.
Without a doubt, childcare is not an easy sector to work in nowadays, but I love what I do. I get up every day, excited to start the day. My goal is to be your childcare provider of choice in Hampshire and Wiltshire.