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The MP of Luton Kelvin Hopkins enjoyed a picnic with teddy bears, children and staff of Seabrook Day Nursery on Friday as part of nation-wide celebrations for Employee Ownership Day.
While politicians championed the idea in London celebrations, the MP Kelvin Hopkins joined Seabrooks staff owners and children for a Teddy Bears picnic.
As Deputy Manager of the third time Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery Emma Brodigan, explained: “We are a unique partnership of shareholders invested in giving each and every child in our care the very best start in life. We are enormously proud of our nursery and our company.” Kelvin Hopkins, said employee ownership was an important and growing part of the UK economy and that Seabrook presented a marvellous example of the benefits of this business model.
“I am delighted to see the range of learning and play opportunities available to children in this marvellous setting and to talk with the enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are clearly very proud of their nursery and their role in its success,” he said.
Zoe Holmes Team Leader for Pre-school and Caterpillars who has been with the company for over 9 years and looks after children said:
“Ofsted inspectors have told us that a happy and engaged staff team equals confident children ready to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution in the world. Working under the banner “We all contribute we all benefit” we believe this is as much about our children’s future as it about shared success now,” she said.
Homemade sandwiches and cakes prepared by Chef Sue Thackham and assistant Lucy Oppong, were served to staff, all wearing special commemorative caps, and guests which included children’s teddy bears brought from home.