Childbase Partnership

We run nurseries where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as the staff who provide them.
http://www.childbasepartnership.com

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The Childbase Partnership is one of the UK's largest employee-owned organisations with more than 2,000 members in 44 award-winning day nurseries on a mission to give children the best possible start in life.

From Princess Royal award-winning training programmes and profit sharing for employee-owners to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for children in its care, the focus at this company is on continuously redefining excellence in every area of operation.

Holder of two prestigious European Business Awards, Childbase Partnership started in 1989 with just one family-run day nursery in Newport Pagnell and the belief that happy, highly trained and motivated employees were vital to its success.  

This translated into high-level investment in personal and professional development. Childbase believes that empowering and encouraging employees in the decision-making process fosters an environment where innovation flourishes, colleagues thrive, and children achieve outstanding outcomes.

Ranking at No 1 in the Best Big Companies to Work For list 2020 – and now on the list for the 14th year – Childbase Partnership has a decades-long proud tradition of tireless charity fund-raising and ground-breaking environmental initiatives.

A full calendar of social events and opportunities to travel and work abroad – once restrictions are lifted – means fun is as much a part of the employees' nursery experience as it is for the children in their care.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

92% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

At the start of the first lockdown the company's You Make us Proud video applauded nursery teams even before the weekly clap for the NHS launched. At a time when income was severely impacted and restrictions limited occupancy, investment in core service provision and employee support initiatives was maintained and increased.

Fair Deal

82% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

The company topped up the pay of anyone on furlough to 100% and all job advertisements highlight full partnership in the business to promote its employee-owned structure and the annual tax-free dividend payments made. The same maximum amount, based on hours worked, is awarded to all from apprentices through to Michael Thompson, the Chairman.

Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Colleagues elected Cancer Research UK as their charity of the year for 2020 – and raised more than £76,000 for the cause. The pandemic did impact fundraising, however – employees achieved a sum of £167,653.27 the year before.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1989
Total number of employees
45
Number of UK locations
33
Employee average age
4% : 96%
Male : Female employee ratio
3%
Employees earning £35k+
21%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Profit Related Pay

Companies where Profit Related Pay is available to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
"We are enormously proud of this recognition following a year blighted by the world-wide pandemic and enforced separation. My 2,000 plus partners in our employee-owned business are most definitely ‘world class’ – frontline workers throughout, they collectively rose to meet every single challenge with extraordinary dedication and professionalism, keeping our 44 day nurseries open for the families we serve, and children’s development and learning on track."

Emma Rooney, Managing Director - Childbase Partnership

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