Durham City nursery with music focus hits right note

Do Re Mi has been set up by music specialist, Dr Jane Todd, with a £9,500 loan from Transmit Start-Ups and around £10,000 of her own cash

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (left) and Dr Jane Todd at the launch of Jane's Do-Re-Mi Nursery, Durham
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (left) and Dr Jane Todd at the launch of Jane's Do-Re-Mi Nursery, Durham

A new nursery with music as its key focus has been launched in the North East.

Do Re Mi has been set up by music specialist, Dr Jane Todd, with a £9,500 loan from Transmit Start-Ups and around £10,000 of her own cash.

Todd, who has always had a passion for music, said: “I have always loved music from a young age. My father was a singer and my mother played the clarinet, so music has always been in the family. I went on to play the violin and piano.”

Todd gained a First Class Degree in Music Education and a Doctorate from Durham University.

She added: “I realised there was a need for a centre of musical excellence providing quality musical experiences for young children in Durham.”

The nursery, which has 39 places, will open in January and is on the Meadowfield Industrial Estate, near Durham City.

It will offer musical classes for for expectant mums and children up to the age of seven.

Todd added: This business is fantastic for me as it joins together my passion for children, music and education and also enables me to see my academic research in practice.

“I want the children in the nursery and those taking the music sessions to enjoy using their voices as instruments and have fun through musical learning. My aim is also to create eight jobs within the first year.”

Todd now hopes that her fledgling business will break even within 15 months.

She said: “I hope that the nursery will be full within three years by which point I hope the business will have grown by 75%.”

Rich Myers, director, Transmit Start Ups, said: “Music has played a huge part in my own career and it is great to be able to support Jane’s business which will give children the chance to really enjoy all types of music from such a young age.”

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