Image above: Devonshire Day Nursery, off Devonshire Rd in Chiswick
Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick were “delighted” to start the year with a tax-free dividend from their company, after scoring high marks in an Ofsted visit.
Employees who ‘contributed to the company’s success’ received payouts of up to £1500 by the nursery’s parent company, Childbase Partnership. Pro-rata payments were made to part-time workers and those who started working midway through the financial year.
After the Devonshire Day Nursery, off Devonshire Rd, were awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, employees became eligible for the bonus. Staff were said to be excitedly making plans for how they’d spend the extra money, ranging from long-awaited holidays affected by pandemic to new computers to help keep in touch with distant family members living abroad.
The company sent out over £2.2 million in total to its employees.
Childbase Partnership is employee-owned and has 45 day nurseries in the South of England. It was rated ‘the gold standard for business excellence’ in the prestigious European Business Awards 2018.
The nursery, which is for children aged six weeks to five years, was awarded its high score by Ofsted for its ‘innovative learning through play programmes in four imaginative, age-appropriate rooms’. The fully-enclosed garden is divided into a variety of separate special interest areas, where children can role play or plant, tend and harvest herbs.
Image above: Devonshire Day nursery employees pose with their learner driver stickers
‘Extremely grateful’ say employees
Nicole Johnson, Hayley Blissett and Sara Lates work at Devonshire Day Nursery. The three said they were putting money towards driving lessons.
Sara, an 18 year old apprentice, said:
“I am extremely grateful for the dividend payment as being able to drive is an essential life skill which I can gain thanks to this extra income. £900 can fully cover the cost of learning to drive and paying for both theory and practical tests, it’s a lot of money”
The nursery’s manager, Emmy Avery, said the dividend was the perfect antidote to post Christmas blues and reminded everybody their opinions and ideas with regards to the business mattered. She said:
“There is a real excitement in nursery following the bonus payment and it’s lovely to be reminded that our input is truly valued. We are personally invested in giving our children the best possible nursery experience and start in life, and happy and engaged staff help children to grow in confidence and realise their full potential.”
A cosy playroom for babies also has access to a separate, canopied and astro-turfed area providing out door, safe, clean play and crawling all year round.
Individuality is respected and celebrated by highly trained and experienced staff dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for each and every child at this warm and friendly nursery.
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