Tops Day Nurseries first in UK to achieve Eco Green Flag Awards at all settings

In December 2020, Tops Day Nurseries were announced as the UK’s first family of early years education providers to be awarded a “Green Flag” status from Eco-Schools at all of its settings across the South.

We have been working hard to become one of the UK’s leading sustainable Childcare Provider, using the challenges of Covid-19 to focus on something positive. Now all nurseries across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Plymouth have achieved a bronze, silver Eco-Schools Award as well as the milestone Green Flag Award.  Funding for the Green-Flag external assessment costs for all the nurseries has been donated by FRUGI, the UK’s leading ethical and sustainable children’s clothing brand. Assessment has been completed via zoom calls and photographic evidence rather than on-site visits in order to protect the assessors, and the children.

Lara Smrtnik, Head of Marketing at Frugi commented “A huge congratulations to Tops Day Nurseries on their Green Flag award, supported by Frugi, and for all their hard work in raising awareness about our environment.  Benefiting children, communities, and our environment, the Green Flag award from Eco-Schools is part of our collective global effort to support the education of children on sustainable and environmental issues and to help them to change our world for the better.”

The Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world.  The programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, litter, global citizenship, healthy living, grounds, transport, waste and water. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award. Children and staff have been able to focus on the areas that are most fascinating, and relevant to them in each nursery.

Cheryl Hadland, Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries commented “Being the first “large chain” of nurseries in the UK to achieve Green Flags across the board is the best Christmas gift I could have asked for! I believe the education of our children is the most effective way there is to provide a sustainable environment into the future; by instilling a passion in our colleagues and children to learn more about how everyone can made sustainable decisions each day.   

‘I think given 2020 has brought on new challenges with Covid-19 with the almost intolerable stress that’s been put on colleagues in the early years sector.  We have continued to be open, throughout the pandemic, adapting to all the challenges as and when they hit us.  It’s a huge salute to staff resilience that they been able to focus on positive sustainability with the children, despite the negative news surrounding them.

‘It is brilliant to see more early years educators achieve the Green Flag award across the country as we get further into 2021, and it makes me proud to be part of a sector with such passion for creating a sustainable future and setting an example for the next generation. ”

Tops Day Nurseries is the UK’s leading eco-sustainable childcare provider with over 30 settings across the South Coast, so you’re sure to find one near you. We are an award winning childcare provider who offers Early Education and Care for children aged 3 months to school age, as well as before, after-school and holiday clubs for children up to 11. 

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