A mum from Rawtenstall has embarked on a new venture after thinking of a business idea while on maternity leave.

Elle Buckley, 24, is set to open a baby and toddler business in Waterfoot later this year.

The Nurturing Nest, on Burnley Road East, is set to open in June. Here, family members can spend time with the children in their lives through classes, such as baby massage, baby spa sessions, and sensory play.

Lancashire Telegraph: Elle Buckley with son Reggie HamerElle Buckley with son Reggie Hamer (Image: Elle Buckley)

She said: “My baby is one now and since being on maternity leave with him, it has been something I have wanted to do. The classes can be so beneficial for babies.

“I have found that there aren’t many provisions like this in Rossendale, especially baby spa sessions.

“We are going to host baby classes, such as baby spa and baby massage. There will also be a sensory room with different equipment. We will offer private hire so people can rent out the room and equipment.”

Elle said the classes and sessions at The Nurturing Nest will be very beneficial for children.

She said: “It is a place where parents and other family members, including grandparents, can further bond with their children.

“The idea of sensory play is that children can begin to explore and discover through their five senses which is beneficial for their development. It is also comforting and calming for the children involved”.

Lancashire Telegraph: Inside The Nurturing Nest in Waterfoot, which is being renovatedInside The Nurturing Nest in Waterfoot, which is being renovated (Image: Elle Buckley)

The building is currently in the process of being renovated and Elle said she can’t wait to open, which she hopes will be in June.

Elle, who has a degree in early childhood and education, said: “I am so excited to get started and I can’t wait until it’s all done. The site is in the middle of being renovated so I will need to get that done first.

“Since announcing the site’s opening on social media the reaction from the public has been good.

“A lot of people have been messaging me saying they can’t wait for it to open and that they really wanted something like this to open in the area.”