Childbase Partnership celebrates record number of graduates
New partners of the award-winning Childbase Partnership are celebrating following a record number of graduates in courses ranging from business and administration to Early Years Degrees.
Just months after the move to 100 per cent employee ownership at Childbase Partnership, which has 41 day nurseries in the South of England, a total of 66 graduates - up from 43 in the previous year - attended a special ceremony at the company’s Newport Pagnell Head Office.
As Sarah Mackenzie, Childbase Partnership Director of Quality and Training explained the ‘careers not jobs’ focus at the company with the introduction of a new on-line training platform and bespoke programme ‘Teach to Reach’ was reaping results.
Currently 31 Childbase Partnership Day Nurseries are rated ‘Outstanding’ and the remainder are good making the company top for quality amongst the large Early Years Providers and a close second overall in a national league table.
“We are enormously proud of our graduates and the success of our training programmes. The resulting benefits extend farther than the improvements in quality provision, with energised and motivated college and university graduates, on clearly defined career paths, providing inspiration and encouragement to their colleagues,” she said.
Among the graduates, who posed in cap and gown for individual commemorative photographs, were a seven member team from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry collecting Level 3 Diplomas in Early learning and Childcare; a Business and Administration Diploma and for Laura Colclough, a BA honours degree in Early Childhood studies.
Kerrie Swindle (29) who has been with the company for eight years; four of them at Mulberry Day Nursery in Maidenhead, has focused her studies on children with special needs completing a two year Foundation Degree and currently studying at Reading University for a BA Hons in Children’s Development and Learning.
“The course work is really fascinating and has given me insight into how to support parents and work with outside specialists, like physiotherapists, to help children realise their full potential. The investment in my training also improves my career prospects within the company so everybody wins,” she said.
Following a doubling in the company’s Apprenticeship Programme Childbase Partnership is also celebrating an 84.3% success rate for a bespoke training programme, launched in partnership with Lifetime Training, which delivers GCSE Maths and English or Functional Skills alongside the Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare.
The new ‘Teach to Reach’ training programme launched in January last year is based on the latest Early Years research and Childbase Partnership expertise and experience.
The programme consists of two parts - founded on Play and Wellbeing - offering unqualified practitioners the chance to build on their foundation skills and fully understand the core EYFS principles. This includes Planning Observation and Assessment, the Key Person approach, Partnerships with parents and child development.
Qualified practitioners and those who have successfully completed the initial programme undertake three modules focusing on improving children’s learning through a bespoke seven part teaching programme.
Last year there were 195 training sessions – with over 3,000 attendees - covering 41 different topics at the company’s Head Office and opportunities in the year ahead will also include role-specific forums for Apprentices, Business Administrators, Kitchen Teams, Graduate Leaders, and Smartboard Champions.
Photograph: The ‘class of 2017’ graduate at Childbase Partnership Head Office.