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Carers and educators at Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton partied late into the night after scooping a top award thanks to praise from Ofsted inspectors and happy parents.
Named ‘Nursery of the year’ at a ‘Best of the Best’ Awards ceremony and ball, the team at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery on the hospital complex in Cliftonville collected a large silver trophy and a cheque for £1,000 to fund further celebrations.
Delighted Manager Tracy Smith praised her dedicated team and wonderful parents, who have been vocal in their praise of the nursery on the ‘Day Nurseries’ industry website, for ensuring the coveted trophy came home to Nene Valley.
“We are enormously proud of this achievement because we are all, staff and parents, fully committed to ensuring each and every child gets the most from their nursery experience. My team really are very good at what they do and I can’t praise them enough,” she said.
Tracy Smith and colleague Karen Martin are both members of the Northampton Inclusion Mentoring Partnership, a skill-sharing organisation providing support for professionals caring for children with special needs.
Mother of a one-year-old daughter, Rosemary Griffiths gave Nene Valley an across the board ‘excellent’ for facilities, educational opportunities and the care and support for both children and parents.
“My daughter is very happy and relaxed and I have to say I am very happy to leave her in their care. The high level communication and support was enormously helpful to me during the difficult period of returning to work,” she said.
Nene Valley is one of 47 day nurseries throughout the South of England in the award-winning Childbase Partnership which is the UK’s 10th largest employee-owned company and one of only 108 UK organisations to be rated ‘Extraordinary’ by Best Companies this year.
The company celebrated its 25th Birthday with a gala evening for 900 partners and a ‘Best of the Best’ awards ceremony. CEO Mike Thompson, who founded the company and in 2000 began the process of turning it over to employees, was joined by his wife Lucy Thompson in presenting the awards.
Pictured: Nene Valley staff collecting the coveted Nursery of the Year Award during the company’s 25th Birthday Ball.