Employee Ownership

100% Employee Owned Since 2017

‘Childbase Partnership will irrevocably remain in the hands of the people who make it successful. Employee ownership is quite simply the right thing to do for organisations seeking to be successful, sustainable and ethical. Success is never about the few and always about the many.’

Mike Thompson Chairman Childbase Partnership

Founded on the principle that employee wellbeing, engagement and retention is critical to consistently high quality provision, Childbase Partnership is one of the largest employee-owned organisations in the country.

The process of turning a successful and profitable family-owned business over to employees began in 2000 when the principle of profit-sharing was expanded with the introduction of an easy ‘Save and Buy’ share scheme –  incentivized by a ‘Buy one, get one free’ initiative – and empowering each and every employee in the decision-making process.

That means that each and every one of the 2,000+ employees in 44 day nurseries throughout the South of England is invested in giving every child in their care the very best start in life and an exceptional nursery experience.

As a result the company is rated ‘World Class’ by Best Companies (2021) and has been a Top Employer for over 16 years, ranked 2nd Best Big Company to Work For in 2021. 

More than half of Childbase Partnership Day Nurseries are Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ which is achieved by only 15 per cent of all UK providers.

Emma Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Ofsted inspectors have repeatedly told us that a happy and engaged staff team equals confident children ready to realize their full potential and make a positive contribution in the world.”

Mike Thompson, Chairman, said:

“We take great pride in the fact that Childbase directors and employees are partners in this business and really do listen to each other. Each individual brings a particular expertise to the table with an emphasis on informed decision-making and collective responsibility”.

Working under the banner “We all contribute, we all benefit”, Childbase Partnership employee owners have easy access to all company information and a voice individually and collectively through the 45-member, elected Partnership Council.  Councillors, one from each nursery and Head Office, meet quarterly and are regular and valued contributors at main Board meetings.

If you’re interested in finding a career at Childbase Partnership you can visit our careers page via the button below.

Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

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

Email: cedars.nursery@childbase.com