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New creative classes and clubs for children launch in over eight hundred locations nationwide


The UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches new pre-school and after-school clubs, across the country.

The hands-on, exploratory programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum EYFS. Each class is designed to support the individual child’s journey of discovery, through a wide range of different materials and tools, every week.


Rebecca White, on the independent Trust Pilot review site, stated:
“We have been coming along to the art sessions since my little girl was 2 and I wish we had known about it when she was even younger, as babies can do it too. This is truly one of the best activity classes you can do for your child. They get to explore, create and learn – all at the same time. There is paint, glitter, foam pieces, sequins and glue. Basically, all the things children want to play with. And no need to worry about the mess. They provide full overall suits that cover them from head to toe and they provide water and cloths to wash those sticky hands and feet afterwards, so mums can breathe a sigh of relief. Every week is a different theme, so they don’t get bored doing the same thing, and you get to take your creations home. It is such a wonderful class I cannot recommend it enough.”

The classes have a five-star rating on Trust Pilot, from two hundred and eighty-eight reviews.  They are delivered nationwide by a team of DBS checked, first-aid trained, and safeguarding-trained Creation Station franchise owners. The classes:

Baby Discover Classes (weekly)

  • Baby Discover classes, for parents and carers of 6-15 month old babies. Designed to help babies explore and discover their world through safe, tried and tested hands-on and toes-on creative activities.

Little Explorer Classes (weekly)

  • Little Explorer classes, for parents or carers with their 16 months to five-year-old child. The classes support children to explore materials and concepts, discover new techniques, ideas, and develop skills and confidence.
  • Pre-school classes are called ‘Scrunchy, Crunchy, Bumpy – hands-on discovery’. They include activities exploring scrunchy and crunchy, squishy and squashy and slippery and slimy textures. Activities include creating see-through moveable pictures, mobiles, puppets, and clay creations.

Create Clubs (weekly, after-school and holidays)

  • Create Clubs provide nurturing, creative, fun after-school activities. They are designed to support the child’s exploration, develop their ideas, discover techniques, and grow their confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills. This term’s theme is the Art of Science and includes examining reflections, optical illusions and the solar system.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station Ltd, said:
“I’m delighted that since 2002 we have been able to help inspire over 250,000 children and families through classes, clubs and parties. We are passionate about helping to bring creativity back into childhood, to help unlock their unique potential.  We work in partnership with lots of schools as well as local councils and family friendly companies who want to extend their range of services and bring families into their venue. I’m really grateful to all our partners, franchise owners and parents who help to inspire children’s imaginations.”

Find out more about The Creation Station franchise by clicking below to request your FREE franchise information pack

Discover how mum to 2 Nicki Smith achieved the family focus she wanted by swapping pints for paints.


Discover how Nicki Smith achieved the family focus she wanted by swapping pints for paints.

When our first daughter was born, my husband and I had been managing a pub in Bath for many years.  We thought that we were blessed that we could arrange our working hours so that we could look after Aimee between us.

We would meet at the pub and swap over the childcare and pub management details: ’We’ve run out of cod, area manager’s on the warpath, Aimee’s slept for 1 hour and she had fish pie for lunch!’


Nicki Smith is inspiring imaginations in Bath, Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Peasedown St John.

It all worked out okay when things went to plan, but as new parents, what we didn’t appreciate was how infrequently that happens! It became common that one of us would be arriving home in the early hours of the morning, getting a few hours’ sleep and then having to do a 10-hour childcare shift before a 13-hour pub shift. Poor Aimee was stuck with tired parents who had no energy to play and a mummy and daddy who had no quality time together.

Something had to change!

“I went to ‘Discovery Morning’, had a real eureka moment, and I knew it would give me a lot more flexibility and time with my daughter.”

I came across the details for The Creation Station, an arts and crafts franchise I enjoy playing around with arts and crafts and love doing a few things with Aimee. So I went to ‘Discovery Morning’, had a real eureka moment, and I knew it would give me a lot more flexibility and time with my daughter. I took Aimee with me which gave me the opportunity to experience the taster class as a parent does. Aimee was only 20 months old, but she loved it and this really sold the franchise to me. It also gave me the confidence that it was something I could combine with being a Mum, as Aimee could join me in class. Within 4 weeks I was completing my Creation Station franchise training and working my notice at the pub.

2 years Picture3on and Aimee is now a big sister and will be heading to school in September! Cerys was born last May and whilst I took a term off from running classes to concentrate on welcoming Baby Girl #2 to the world, The Creation Station Bath has continued to grow!

I chose to run a Creation Station franchise because after running the pub for 11 years, I still wanted to have the independence of having my own business. I also needed to have the flexibility to work around my family, whilst they are at the preschool stage but also when they are at school.

“I’m just doing what we women are best at doing – multi-tasking!”

I was so nervous when I first started running classes and hosting parties but I soon got great feedback from children and parents . In addition I have seen firsthand the benefits of the programme with my own daughter, who has grown into a confident, imaginative and sociable little girl.  It’s also an amazing feeling to be helping other parents to be creative and have fun with their little ones.


I know running a business is hard work, even more so with a baby and a toddler!  But I never lose sight of the fact that I am very lucky to be able to choose my own working hours. I decide when to run my classes, when to take my holidays and on which weekends to avoid scheduling parties or events.

I’ve learnt to be more creative with my time and resources and I am sure that this will prove beneficial in the long run! If you’re prepared to fit in work when your family life allows, even if that means evenings and weekends, the whole family can benefit. I have big plans for my business, but being mum to my amazing girls and a friend and wife to my husband is my current priority.

In the meantime, no 301551_534613373258210_1796056473_none needs to know how many texts are sent from the bathroom, emails sent during The Voice or lesson plans finalised whilst my baby naps! After all, I’m just doing what we women are best at doing – multi-tasking!

You can find out more about my art and crafts fun classes by popping over to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheCreationStationBath or visiting my page at the Creation Station website. I look forward to hearing from you.

A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.


A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.

In response to more than 400 Sure Start centres closing in the last two years, new hands-on creative workshops have been developed by The Creation Station to enable
parents to share, develop and discover with their child. The new programme
called ‘Shimmy Shapes’ have been developed in line with the Early Years
Foundation Stage, to nurture parenting skills and to develop essential bonds.
The fun and practical weekly classes provide a range of art and craft activities
and include top tips to continue the play ideas at home.

Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station stated “It’s a really tough job being a parent and it’s really important that as a society we value this
critical role. As parents, we are often short of time, resources, ideas, energy or confidence to play and interact with our children in a meaningful way.
That’s why we’ve developed our classes to support parents and carers, not only to learn new skills to play with their child, but so that they can also have fun
and make new friends too.”

The weekly classes are based on nurturing a child’s own natural curiosity to develop a love of learning through shared hands-on creative fun. The ‘Baby Discover’ classes have
been developed for babies aged 4 months to 1 years of age and the ‘Little Explorer’ classes
are for toddlers aged 1 year to 5 years of age. Activities include exploring
wet and dry clay and creating their own clay creatures, matching shapes and
colours and creating dancing puppets.

Laura Dark from Bath said ”We’ve been going to The Creation Station  for several months now. My little one was 6 months when we first started going, she’s now 14 months and we still have just as much fun now as we did when we first started going. The
classes are fantastic with different activities each week, painting, clay hand and foot prints, canvas foot prints etc. Lots of ideas and keep sakes to take home too”.

To find out about more about The Creation Station parenting, baby and toddler classes contact Matt Appleyard on 0844 854 9100 or email matt@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

About Us.

First and foremost, we are PASSIONATE about nurturing creativity!

What does that mean for us? Well, we love having fun with different materials – paint, glue and, of course, a bit of glitter – but we also believe that being creative is about experimenting, playing and just seeing what happens.

Giving expression to your own imagination in a group setting provides lots of benefits. It helps young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe, pretend, problem solve, as well as play and interact with others.

The Creation Station isn’t simply about learning how to paint, model or collage along the lines of “Here’s one we did earlier”. It’s all about having a go, being inspired by something quite simple and encouraging each person to develop their own ideas. It’s amazing seeing that happen and it also gives you a huge boost of confidence when your ideas are taken seriously – no matter how old you are!