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Breaking out the balloons and home-made decorations, staff, children and parents at Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton joined nation-wide celebrations for Employee Ownership Day.
While politicians championed the idea in London celebrations, Nene Valley staff owners invited staff, children and parents to a garden party and barbeque at their Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery at Northampton General Hospital.
Flipping homemade burgers on the barbeque while children had fun on a bouncy castle, Nene Valley’s Manager, Tracy Smith, who has been with the company for 8 years, said:
“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.”
Wearing special commemorative T-shirts and caps, the staff created a display to explain what employee ownership meant at the nursery and helped children craft lasting reminders of the special day.
As Tracy Smith explained, staff feelings of pride in their nursery and love of their work is rooted in the fact that as owners every employee has a voice and a role in the decision-making process which is great news for the children in their care.
“Ofsted inspectors have repeatedly 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.