Tops Day Nurseries Managing Director, Cheryl Hadland, was invited to attend the Annual Nursery Management Today (NMT) Awards after being listed as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Childcare.
On 1st June 2017 at the glittering Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf, the 2017 NMT Nursery Top 20 gathered on the panoramic 31st floor to celebrate the very best inspirational, influential business people in the early year’s sector.
The award category recognised the top 10 most influential people within the childcare sector, based on all aspects of childcare provision including training and development, education, business and finance and organisational support. Those voted in the top 10 were invited to attend the awards ceremony and had the privileged job of deciding, amongst themselves, a winner for the Most Influential Person in Childcare. Cheryl Hadland was voted amongst her peers as runner up for the award and was awarded a plaque in recognition.
Cheryl has this year reached a landmark of 27 years of outstanding childcare service. She opened her first Tops Day Nursery in February 1990 in Parkstone, Poole and now the family of nurseries is 19 nurseries strong and Tops is the leading childcare provider in the south of the UK, covering Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“I am thrilled to have been nominated for this award by my peers. The last 27 years has been quite a journey! When the very first Tops opened in Parkstone in 1990, we had 4 children. Today, we provide care, education and entertainment to over 3000 children aged 0-5 and provide after school care and holiday clubs to even more.
As we continue to grow, our focus is on our ethos — respectful care, natural play resources, healthy living, the benefits of risks and active play. We work with our families to ensure that they enjoy childcare that suits their requirements with Tops being the only nursery group to offer flexible hours for families. Combined with this we are an environmentally conscious business and have recently started working with a new environmental charity, ‘GECCO’, which has been launched with the aim of preventing waste and promoting re-using and recycling.”