A new award was created for the employee-owned Childbase Partnership in the international Eco-Schools programme after it broke records by achieving at least one Green Flag – the highest accolade for exceptional environmental conservation and awareness – in each of its day nurseries.
Childbase Partnership was named ‘Early Years Provider of the Year’ and ‘an incredible Eco-Schools standard-bearer’ in the Eco-School Annual Awards because all 43-day nurseries in the South of England (2021/2022) not only achieved a Green flag but 23 achieved this with Distinction and 6 with Merit. This a record in Eco-Schools history.
Adam Flint, National Manager, Eco-Schools England and Education Manager, Keep Britain Tidy, said:
“We’ve decided to change the award this year to recognise your incredible achievement. It’s usually ‘Nursery School of the Year’. There wasn’t really any other choice given your incredible achievement. You and your children can feel immensely proud of the great work that you’ve put in. We’re very lucky to have you engaged with our programme.”
Amongst the best Eco-Schools achievers at the company is the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Rowan Tree in Welwyn Garden City, which has achieved four consecutive Green Flags, and accepted the award via a video message at the on-line awards ceremony.
The first Green Flag at Childbase Partnership was awarded to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Lime Grove in Hemel Hempstead in October 2017.
There are Eco Committees in every nursery with practitioners and pre-schoolers leading activities which include monitoring recycling efforts, ensuring taps are not left running , unnecessary lights are switched off, and that knowledge about conservation is shared.
Childbase Partnership nurseries send zero waste to landfill and are powered by Green Electricity from falling water, the sun, wind and organic waste material.
Rowan Tree video: https://vimeo.com/791107742/b0b2cc6725
We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.
Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA
Tel: 01525 850200