About us


Nipperbout was conceived in 1992 and has grown from a boutique family business to a nationally recognised, award winning company that cares for over 10,000 children a year.

In the beginning, Janthea and Steve Brigden had well established acting careers. After starting their family, they became increasingly frustrated with being unable to source childcare to attend auditions.

Janthea realised that leaving children in someone else’s care was a huge leap of faith and parents needed to be able to trust and relax, to enjoy the event they were attending. A gap in the market was spotted for mobile/event childcare and Nipperbout was born.

As well as starting her own business, Janthea delivered courses to parents and professionals for Parent Line Plus (a national family support charity). This experience proved invaluable when developing the philosophies and services of Nipperbout as it is today. 

In the mid 90’s Janthea and Steve were part of the team that put together the First Festival Guide or “Purple Book” which is still being used today as the benchmark for festival childcare. They also consulted on the e-Guide for The Association of Event Venues.

Since inception, Nipperbout have provided childcare for a huge range of blue chip clients, many of whom have remained with them from the start. This demonstrates the benefits of strong values, excellent standards and the ability to keep ahead of industry developments.

Today, Nipperbout have cemented their place as industry leaders with their numerous awards and endorsements. 2017 sees exciting plans to roll out the international business and the launch of new Nipperbout Training modules – making events everywhere happier and safer places to be.

Children have an amazing time and delegates have peace of mind so they can relax and enjoy our conferences – I can't think of a better service than that!
Karen Handley, National Union of Teachers