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Childbase gets Royal approval for its training programme

Childbase Partnership is one of only 44 UK organisations celebrating a Princess Royal Training Award for its bespoke programme, ‘Teach to Reach’.

Presented by HRH Princess Anne at St James’s Palace, the awards celebrate exceptional training and development programmes across the country.

The employee-owned Childbase Partnership, which has 43 day nurseries in the South of England, was the only Early Years group to feature in the list of recipients which included IBM, The Co-Op and Lloyds Banking Group.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City and Guilds Group, which organises the awards, said of the award winners: “These remarkable employers demonstrate the power that comes from investing in people and training as a vehicle to strengthen organisations and open up opportunities for people.”

The ‘Teach to Reach’ programme, introduced in 2016, recognises the importance of the EYFS in establishing and judging minimum standards in the sector, but aims to go much further in meeting the needs of children, and enabling nursery professionals to become outstanding teachers.

Like the EYFS ‘Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning’, the programme celebrates the greater emphasis now being placed on wellbeing; the importance of communication and language skills for the very young and is one of four focus areas guiding quality provision in the company’s nurseries.

The award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership was rated ‘the gold standard for business excellence’ in the prestigious European Business Awards 2018 when it won three awards.

Pictured (L-R) Tracey Cook, 3rd in Charge at Cherry Trees Day Nursery, Cranfield, which was visited by City and Guilds adjudicators, and June Sadler, Childbase Apprenticeships Manager.