UK nursery sector puts ‘thumbs up’ for early years

An initiative recognising hard-working nursery educators has launched, backed by those in the early years sector across the UK.

#ThumbsUpForEarlyYears aims to highlight the dedication and commitment shown by childcare workers across the country, with two of the largest early years providers in the UK Busy Bees and Bright Horizons along with a whole host of nursery chains and independents, as well as the National Day Nurseries Association joining forces to express their appreciation for the early years workforce.

To celebrate the outstanding efforts of early years educators, who have provided essential stability and support to families throughout the pandemic, the sector is asking members of the community including parents, children, support colleagues and practitioners to share a photo of themselves in support of the initiative, using the hashtag #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears, on Thursday 18 February.

Speaking on behalf of the group of early years providers, Sarah Steel, Chair of the Large Providers Group, said “Our sector is one that relies on our people, we know that every experience a child has can be enhanced by a caring, knowledgeable practitioner. As individual organisations we’ve celebrated these ‘magic moments’ and thanked our colleagues for always prioritising the children throughout the year. #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears provides us with a platform to come together and share our awe, thanks and heartfelt appreciation for all those working in early years whether they are a key person, a Nursery Manager or an apprentice. Today is the day to say - thank you, we think you’re amazing.

“We hope that by sharing images alongside #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears, we will highlight just how many wonderful individuals work tirelessly to ensure children cared for by practitioners across our sector receive the very best start in life.”

UK nursery sector puts ‘thumbs up’ for early years

Those in the early years sector, as well as parents, are encouraged to share a photo of themselves in support of the initiative, using the hashtag #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears, on Thursday 18 February.


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Notes to Editor:

The fact that the sector is coming together in this way is a unique moment. The major providers have engaged as a group with the government throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and recognise the need to unite to show our thanks and appreciation to colleagues. We continue to reinforce to government the importance of equality in testing and support for the sector alongside the campaigns from the Early Years Alliance.