Earlier this year Tops Day Nurseries, the leading childcare provider in the South, were listed as the 12th out of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the Large Employer category (250 employees or more).
The prestigious DfE award, which recognises the best in apprenticeship programs, highlights Tops Day Nurseries’ commitment to fostering a culture of learning and professional development within the organisation.
The award acknowledges employers for their exceptional achievements in various aspects, and Tops Day Nurseries has excelled in several key areas:
Key Areas For the Top 100 Apprenticeship Achievement:
Impressive Apprentice Starts: Over the past year, Tops Day Nurseries initiated apprenticeships at all levels, from level 2 to level 7, with a total of 118 new apprentices commencing their apprenticeship journeys. This achievement underscores the organisation’s dedication to providing opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and excel within the childcare sector with over 15% of their workforce on an apprenticeship programme.
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Tops Day Nurseries is not only passionate about nurturing talent but also about fostering inclusivity. The organisation’s apprenticeship program showcases a diverse group of apprentices. In the past year, Tops welcomed 115 female apprentices, spanning across various age groups from 16 to 25+. Furthermore, 14 apprentices from ethnic minorities and 15 with learning difficulties joined an apprenticeship programme, emphasising Tops’ commitment to creating an inclusive workforce.
Commitment to Completion: Tops Day Nurseries places a strong emphasis on supporting its apprentices throughout their learning journey. Tops was delighted to announce that an impressive 84 apprentices successfully completed their apprenticeships between March 2022 and March 2023. The high success rate is a testament to Tops’ dedication to providing apprentices with the necessary tools and support to thrive in their roles.
Kellie Butler, Nursery Manager at Tops Christchurch and Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner apprentice, shared her thoughts on why she chose to complete her Apprenticeship with Tops; “I chose an Apprenticeship because it is a great way to progress your career and Tops is a great company to work for, their sustainable ethos is what really drew me to Tops, it’s great to be able to pass on our knowledge and eco ethos to the next generation through education and play”.
Emma Reed, Nursery Assistant and Level 3 Early Years Apprentice at Tops Lymington, shared her thoughts on why she chose to complete her Apprenticeship with Tops: “I chose to do an Apprenticeship with Tops as I am a hands-on learner and enjoy learning whilst in the setting gaining firsthand experience. My manager Mags is so supportive and the faces of the children when they achieve something is so rewarding, I would recommend working at Tops to anybody”.
Cheryl Hadland, Founder and Chairwoman at Tops said; “Our 12th position among the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers reflects our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering inclusivity at Tops Day Nurseries. This achievement showcases our dedication to providing exceptional opportunities for career progression and personal development within the childcare sector”.
Tops Day Nurseries is proud to be a leading childcare provider that not only offers high-quality early education and care but also invests in the growth and development of its team members through apprenticeships.