Greengables Day Nursery is an example for business says local MP
Happy workplaces produce exceptional results as Bracknell MP Dr. Phillip Lee discovered on a visit to the award-winning Greengables Day Nursery in Sandhurst which he described as a model for other businesses to follow.
Congratulating the staff team at the day nursery in Yeovil Road, Owlsmoor, on their latest awards including a decade long listing for their employee-owned company on the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for, the MP said:
“I visited Greengables shortly after it opened and am delighted that not only has it maintained the high standards that I found then, but has actually improved on them.
“It is clear that the concept of an employee-owned company gives all the team there a real feeling that they are personally invested in the nursery and the standard of service it provides. Through this and their environmental practices they are acting as a model for how businesses can and should develop in the future,” he said.
The 89 place Greengables which holds the Eco Schools Silver Award for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation, and is well on the way to achieving the ultimate ‘Green Flag’ award by the end of the year, also has a ‘Food for Life Served Here’ Award for its ethically sourced home-cooked meals and snacks.
As Manager Jen Ralphs explained:
“We are on a mission to give children the best possible start in life and, as a result, absolutely nothing is left to chance. Ensuring the team is happy and invested in their work is vital to ensuring our children have the best possible nursery experience and realise their full potential.”
Chatting with staff as he toured Greengables, the Bracknell MP joined children in the garden which features all-weather decking, rubber flooring, a pirate ship and growing beds which provide valuable lessons in maths and science during the planting, tending and harvesting of herbs and vegetables.
Opened in 2011 Greengables also has solar roof panels - which substantially contribute towards the building’s overall energy requirements – an energy saving under-floor heating system; state of the art insulation and is powered by Green Energy with electricity produced from renewable sources like the wind, sun and sea.
All disposable nappy waste is recycled following collection and sorting at off-site Material Reclamation Facilities with non-recyclable elements being used in Energy from Waste processes to power hospitals or boost the National Grid.
Food waste is recycled at specialist anaerobic digestion facilities, and in the nursery composting bin, which supports vegetable and herb growing beds in the garden.
Following a year-long carbon emission monitoring and recording exercise, in partnership with The Planet Mark Agency, Greengables has recorded a carbon footprint of just over 20 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) and is committed to ‘year on year’ reductions.
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give children the best possible future so the focus is not only on reducing the nursery’s carbon footprint but also ensuring children are fully prepared for their responsibilities to the environment now and in the future,” said Jen Ralphs.
Greengables Day Nursery is part of the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership, which has 43 day nurseries in the South of England, and was rated ‘the gold standard for business excellence’ in the prestigious European Business Awards 2018.