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HISTORY OF THE GARDENS

Sarah Bokaie founded the original Gardens Nursery School in 1987 at The Gardens Tennis Club on Wimbledon Park Road in Southfields.

Sarah has worked in a variety of roles in childcare - as a nanny, a hospital play specialist and a nursery nurse in a special needs unit. After getting married she went to live in Iran and opened one of the first nursery schools in the country. On her return to the UK with her three year old daughter Leila, she set up several small businesses; Kids Kitchen (children’s birthday parties), Doctor in the House (doctor’s accommodation service) and Baby Bygones (second hand children’s clothes and equipment).

It was when Sarah’s second daughter, Jemima, started school at St Michaels in 1997 that she decided to start The Gardens. Her second nursery, The Park Gardens, opened up in 1992 in time for her two year old son Benjamin to attend nursery there.

In 1997 The Little Hall Gardens opened on the grid in Southfields and the fourth nursery, The Northcote Gardens, in Clapham, opened in 2009. Sarah’s daughter Leila then came to work for the company in 2009, having moved back to the UK from the USA. Leila now heads the finance and admission side of the company.

The Gardens, having moved to its present premises in 2000, then undertook major refurbishment in 2012 and now provides care for over 85 children in a bright and innovative building.

Sarah and her business partner decided to part company in October 2013. The Gardens Daycare and The Park Gardens Daycare are now solely owned by Sarah Bokaie.

The Gardens and The Park Gardens are going from strength-to-strength. Sarah and her team continue to offer families and their children a safe, happy environment where children enjoy learning through play.

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