Company History

1985 Shrewsbury Shopper’s Crèche and Play structure.

Peter & Sue Cunningham (Managing Directors of Premier Crèche Services Ltd), and at that time parents of young children, realised that shopping can be both time consuming & stressful. With their background in child care & seeing a business opportunity, Peter & Sue opened their first crèche to provide care free shopping for parents. This won acclaim from both press & TV for the innovative idea.

1987 The Metro Centre Gateshead
Designed and built the first large soft play structure for the centre. Refurbished in 1993 with a sponsorship from Typhoo. The crèche contributed to the shopping centre gaining the TOMMY AWARD for the friendliest shopping centre.

1990 Bon Accord Shopping Centre Aberdeen
This has a soft ball pool play structure designed around the centres logo.

1990 Allied Leisure Megabowls
Gained a multi-national contract to fit out play areas to create the concept of children’s mini bowls.

1991 Social Services
Premier Crèche Services were invited to become part of the working party to adapt guidelines from the 1989 Children Act for Crèches in Shropshire.

1992 Telford Town Centre
This crèche is housed in a custom built building adjacent to the entrance of the Shopping Centre.

1992 Meadowhall Shopping Centre Sheffield
This is one of the largest and most prestigious permanent shopping centre crèches in the country. It can accommodate 49 children. The shopping centre gained the TOMMY AWARD in 1994 for the most family friendly shopping centre.

1993 Calley’s Crèche Callendar Square Shopping Centre, Falkirk
The crèche is also used for birthday parties and proves to be very popular with shoppers.

1995 Central Milton Keynes Crèche
Throughout 1995/96 we were involved in the setting up of the largest temporary crèche in the country. Disney Corporation sponsored it and it was registered for 120 children at any one time, it was very successful. We opened in a permanent location in 1999.

1996 Centro Germany
We opened an 88 place crèche in the largest shopping, leisure and Business Park in Germany.

1996 Thurrock Ikea East London
A 40 place Småland crèche for children aged 3 to 10 years.

1997 Brent Park Ikea
A 32 place Ballroom for children aged 3 to 7 years.

1997 Great Western Designer Village, Swindon
Toy Box Junction Crèche is highly themed to compliment the shopping centre. This Crèche also offers a party room for hire, a twins club and a stay and play facility.

1997 Nottingham Ikea
A 20 place Ballroom for children aged 3 to 7 years, transformed into a 40 place Småland in May 2004.

1998 Cribbs Shopping Centre Bristol
Time Zone Kidz Crèche incorporates a Crèche, stay and play and party room available for hire.

1998 Wednesbury Ikea Birmingham
More recently refurbished to a 40 place Ballroom for children aged 3 to 10 years.

1998 Trafford Centre Manchester
A crèche and play area within the centre again having party rooms to hire, which proved to be very popular. The crèche was relocated in February 2004 to offer a 125 place play area and 35 place crèche.

1998 The Gyle Centre Edinburgh
A 30 place crèche within the centre offering parties every evening within the crèche.

1999 Bristol Ikea
A Ballroom for children aged 3 to 7 years. Transformed into a Småland in 2003 for 40 children aged 3-10 years.

1999 Edinburgh Ikea
A Ballroom for 20 children aged 3 to 7 years.

2001 Glasgow Ikea
Opened the first Småland in the UK for 36 children aged 3-10 years.

2001 Kringland Shopping Centre Reykjavik, Iceland
Opened the first Crèche and Play Area within a Shopping Centre in Iceland.

2003 Sheffield - The Source Day Nursery (formerly Centre of Excellence)
A 20 place day nursery for children aged 12 weeks - 8 years.

2003 Cardiff Ikea
A 40 place Småland for children aged 3-10 years. This is the first Ikea store to be opened in Wales.

2004 Thurrock Council
A 24 place crèche for the council to accommodate children aged 12 weeks to 8 years. Run on the basis of a crèche catering for councillors on training and attending meetings.

2004 The Fort Glasgow
This is a 20 place crèche & 24 place play area based within Glasgow Fort shopping complex.

2005 Edmonton Ikea
A 40 place Småland crèche in February 2005 for children aged 3-10 years.

2005 Milton Keynes - Ikea
A 30 place Småland crèche in December 2005 for children aged 3-10 years.

2006 Ashton Under Lyne Ikea
A 30 place Småland crèche in October 2006 for children aged 3-10 years.

2006 Warrington Ikea
A 40 place crèche in November 2006 for children aged 3-10 years.

2007 Coventry Ikea
A 30 place Smaland crèche in December 2007 for children aged 3-10 years.

2007 Belfast (Ireland) Ikea
A 30 place Smaland crèche in December 2007 for children aged 3-10 years.

2008 Leeds Ikea
A 30 place Crèche for children aged 3 to 10

2009 Southampton Ikea
A 40 place Småland Crèche for children aged 3 to 8.

2009 Dublin Ikea
Opened in July, includes 40 place Småland Crèche for children aged 3 to 10 years.

2009 Gateshead Ikea
A 40 place Småland Crèche for children aged 3 to 10 years.

2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Premier Crèche Services were invited to provide the first ever Creche at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival..