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Best in Britain! We are Nursery Chain of the Year 2015!

by Jane Haynes posted 1 year ago

Our group of four nurseries has been named Nursery Chain of the Year 2015 at a prestigious national ceremony.

The group was given the honour at the Nursery World Awards, acknowledged as the premier awards for the early years sector, which were held at The Brewery in London in September.

Stunned owner Debbi Gould said she was thrilled to bits: "We entered the awards for the first time this year so to come away with the title is just amazing. It's reward for the passion, dedication and high quality of our 100 staff and a huge thank you for all of the parents who entrust their children to our care."

Our group is four highly rated nurseries in Northfield, Selly Park and Harborne in Birmingham, and one in Compton Road, Wolverhampton. The first setting opened in 1992. The newest, St Edward's, opened in Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, last year.

All of them share a common philosophy – to always involve children, to inspire independence and to provide challenging opportunities. At the heart of every setting is a brilliant outdoor space and access to a beautiful forest school, allied to an exciting programme of activities including yoga, footie skills, looking after chickens, growing vegetables and herbs, cooking and arts.

Our group's operations director, Kate Reed, also received a personal accolade, gaining a Highly Commended award in her category. She was praised for her leadership and her starring role in staff development, including setting up an in-house apprenticeship programme.

The Nursery World Awards are held annually to celebrate excellence in the Early Years sector. They are judged by a panel of experts who visit settings and interview staff and parents.

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