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Mum excited for potential of new baby and toddler business in Glemsford after unexpectedly rapid growth



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The rapid growth of a new baby and toddler venture has left its founder surprised but excited by its potential, after expanding for the second time in under a year.

Gemma Row says she is delighted by the popularity of her new play venue, Teepees Playroom, which launched in Glemsford at Easter.

It was only in October when the mum-of-two launched Tots and Teepees as a soft play hire business, operating solely out of her car.

Owner Gemma Row with playroom supervisor Krystle Charlton. Picture: Mark Westley
Owner Gemma Row with playroom supervisor Krystle Charlton. Picture: Mark Westley

Before she knew it, the business had taken off, leading her to move into a dedicated space in January.

As demand continued to grow for a baby and toddler group in the area, she relocated to her current venue, located at Clockhouse Farm in Cavendish Lane.

Gemma, who previously worked in early years settings, told Suffolk News: “I had my second child in July last year. After what had obviously been a difficult two years with Covid, I decided I was not doing another year at home on maternity leave.

Owner Gemma Row with daughter Molly. Picture: Mark Westley
Owner Gemma Row with daughter Molly. Picture: Mark Westley

“Having had a baby, I was chatting to other mums about how they coped and a lot of things you wouldn’t normally talk about as a new mum, but now we had this similarity.

“I thought it would be great to have this group. People were really excited to come out, meet other mums and have a chat while the children play.”

Teepees Playroom in Glemsford is open five mornings a week, with a main playroom and a sensory space, while there are also regular mobile stay-and-play sessions held in Great Cornard.

The business also offers a party hire service for youngsters celebrating their first birthdays, which is currently booked up until September.

“It has sort of gone mad since October,” Gemma added. “It has been a whirlwind.

“Things go so busy, it wasn’t what I expected, but I was excited about going down this road, being quite creative and being able to make it my own. It all happened quite quickly.

“Before, I was doing a degree and my aim was to be a teacher but, because this took off on the side, I was able to open a unit and work for myself, which I never thought I’d be able to do.

“When the opportunity came along, I grabbed it with both hands, using my knowledge and experience of being a mum.”