Cedars Day Nursery Manager celebrates 30 years of service
There was cause for celebration at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard as much loved Manager; Michelle Thomas marked 30 years of service with the company.
After starting at sister setting Woodlands Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as an Unqualified Practitioner in 1990, Michelle went on to gain a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, as well as Early Years Professional Status, enabling her to share her knowledge and expertise on the topic with colleagues across the business.
Michelle became Manager at Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield in 2011, where the setting received an ‘Outstanding’ outcome from Ofsted under her leadership. This was followed by her move to Cedars in 2012, where another ‘Outstanding’ accreditation soon followed, and has been maintained ever since.
As well as working within multiple nursery settings in her time at Childbase Partnership, Michelle also spent a total of 7 years at the company Head Office where she worked in the accounts team, giving her a clear understanding of all aspects of the company and the importance of delivering an exceptional service to families.
Michelle has helped to positively shape the lives of countless children during her 30 years at Childbase, and in this time has also had three children of her own, the youngest of which is now working as an Apprentice at Woodlands, where she began.
Childbase Partnership Regional Director, Alison Beard explained;
“Michelle is a true inspiration to all her fellow colleagues and has achieved so much in her time at Childbase, including incredible victories such as hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for charity. We couldn’t be prouder of the impact she has made in her time at the company and can’t wait to see what she will accomplish next.”
Speaking of the milestone, Cedars Day Nursery Manager, Michelle Thomas said;
“I feel very fortunate to have worked for so long for a great company that have allowed me to move and grow as I and my family have needed. I have worked with so many amazing people over the years, a lot of whom have become good friends and met some wonderful families, as well as gaining some excellent qualifications. I have had some remarkable opportunities whilst raising money for charity, including climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking the Pyrenees and completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge – where my now husband proposed at the top!”
“Playing a part in shaping young minds and watching the children learn and develop is one of the most rewarding experiences – and the reason I started my childcare career in the first place”, she added.