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Everybody at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford was celebrating on Friday as their employee-owned company was rated ‘Extraordinary’ and named one of the UK’s top businesses to work for.
Children and parents arriving at the nursery in Bushmead Avenue were greeted by cheering staff proclaiming 9th place in the prestigious Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’ Lists.
Celebratory biscuits were handed out to children by staff who had maintained a long vigil awaiting texts from colleague, Olivia Nakintu, who attended the awards ceremony the night before.
“It is a very personal achievement because we are all employee owners and what we say really does make a difference. When you are committed to giving young children the very best start in life, a happy supported staff team is vital,” said Manager, Juliana Di ’Niro.
Lavenders Day nursery is part of the award-winning group, the Childbase Partnership which has 46 day nurseries in the South of England.
One of only 139 UK organizations to achieve three-star ‘Extraordinary’ accreditation by Best Companies, the Childbase Partnership not only consolidated its assault on the Sunday Times Lists - a rise of 81 places in five years - but was ranked fifth out of all 100 UK companies for making good use of employee skills and career development initiatives, and third place for job security.
Juliana said continual training and support at the Childbase Partnership ensures that all staff teams are motivated towards achieving excellence daily, but it is the small things that make her company special like the regular visits from the CEO and his hand-written congratulatory messages and gifts recognizing personal and professional achievements.
“Ofsted inspectors have told us repeatedly that a happy and engaged staff team equals happy children. Our pride in our nursery and our company is reflected in our happy and confident children and there is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than that,” said Juliana.
“I am so very proud of the company and especially proud of my team who helped make this wonderful achievement possible,” said Olivia Nakintu (pictured at the awards ceremony in London).