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Profile: Mike Thompson reveals why he turned Childbase into an employee-owned company

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

In 2001, Mike Thompson, chief executive took the bold decision to turn the nursery chain Childbase Partnership into an employee-owned company. Twelve years later and the company which employs 1,343 employees in 41 day nurseries, is now.....

Profile: Male nursery worker reveals how he faced sexism and prejudice working in the childcare sector

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Mar-13)

Mocked as ‘Jane’ by his childcare teachers and asked whether he would ‘be able to fit in as one of the girls’ at a job interview, John Warren has become used to the sexism that seems all too prevalent in the childcare sector. He.....

Profile: Boss of leading childcare broker discusses market trends in childcare sector

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Feb-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association recently published a gloomy report into the sustainability of the nursery sector, revealing that 13 per cent of nurseries expect to make a loss this year. However Andrew.....

Profile: Nursery staff should get the recognition they deserve says kidsunlimited boss

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jan-13)

Becoming chief executive of kidsunlimited three years ago was “the highlight of my career,” says Ros Marshall. The first kidsunlimited nursery was set up in Cheshire three decades ago and since then it has.....

Profile: Founder John Woodward reveals how Busy Bees became biggest nursery chain in the country

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Dec-12)

In 1983, Busy Bees founder, John Woodward opened the first Busy Bees nursery. Now nearly thirty years on, Mr Woodward runs a multi-million pound nursery and childcare voucher business, with Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd.....

Profile: Bright Horizons chief Carole Edmond reveals plans for more growth

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Nov-12)

Bright Horizons acquired its first nurseries in Britain twelve years ago, when it bought Nurseryworks. It now has over 150 nurseries and its expansion plans don’t stop there. “We want to continue to grow.....

Profile: Sarah Steel has found running the Old Station Nursery chain 'a lot harder than I ever thought it would be'

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-12)

Ten years ago, Sarah Steel, opened her first nursery in a converted railway station in Farringdon, Oxfordshire. “After all our hard work that was a great moment”, she says. She never intended to have more.....

Profile: Asquith boss calls on Ofsted to ditch the ‘Satisfactory’ rating

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Sep-12)

Andy Morris, chief executive of Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools Ltd is calling on Ofsted to ditch the ‘satisfactory’ rating, saying: "Parents do not go online and look for a ‘Satisfactory’ nursery. "If you look for a hotel, you look for a four star.....