Up to 50 paid days leave off work in a year has staff at 44-day nurseries in the employee-owned Childbase Partnership celebrating an even better ‘work-life ‘ balance and another boost to workplace happiness.

A ‘first’ in the Early Years Sector, the ‘Partnership Reward Days’ plan – based on hours worked in the previous three months – means full-timers could get up to five days extra paid leave in each quarter with pro-rata allocations for others.

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This is in addition to their annual leave entitlement, which was extended last year, Long Service Reward Days and Bank holidays and gives colleagues the opportunity to sell a portion of their extra days if they would prefer a cash reward.

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Cheering and applause greeted the announcement at the annual Virtual Roadshow event for over 2,300 employee-owners of Childbase Partnership – a UK ‘Best Company to Work for’ for 14 years – in day nurseries from Nottingham to Swindon.

Nursery Practitioner, Mariama Faal, said:

“It is exciting to think what is possible with more free time and a brilliant way to support us in giving the best early years care and education to children and parents. As usual Childbase is going the extra mile to support us.”

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Practitioner Emma Kilsby said:

“This is brilliant as time is precious. I am going to be a grandmother for the first-time next year. It will be lovely to have time to spend with my grandchild and help out.”

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Emma Rooney, Childbase Partnership Chief Executive said:

“This is quite simply, the right thing to do for colleagues who continue to rise magnificently in these challenging times.”

The ‘extra leave’ initiative follows the £8.5 million Financial Support Plan to help colleagues meet cost of living challenges. This includes two meals a day in settings, fresh fruit and refreshments in staff rooms, and free feminine hygiene products in addition to ‘Perkbox’ access to discounted shopping and entertainment.

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