Bright Horizons staff to attend Downing Street reception

Bright Horizons staff members will attend a reception at 10 Downing Street later today following an invitation from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The rose garden reception has been organised by the Prime Minister to say thank-you to nursery workers for their continued efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Colette Irons, Nursery Manager at Blackheath Day Nursery and Preschool, and Emyr Griffiths, Third in Charge at Timperley Day Nursery and Preschool, will attend on behalf of Bright Horizons.

Colette, whose Blackheath nursery remained open throughout the first lockdown last year as a HUB nursery, said she was excited and humbled after receiving the invitation.

“I will be representing everyone at Blackheath Day Nursery and Preschool, as well as Bright Horizons, that have worked so hard over the past 16 months,” said Colette. “During the first lockdown, we took on children from other nurseries that we had never met before and I couldn’t have achieved everything we did at the nursery without a great team behind me. Nursery staff carried on doing their job because they are passionate about what they do.”

Ros Marshall, Managing Director at Bright Horizons, commented: “We are delighted that the Government is celebrating our staff who have worked throughout the pandemic to make a difference in the lives of children and families every day. The recognition from Government of our colleagues is richly deserved, and we look forward to further support for the Early Years sector, as we continue to play our part in helping young children to bridge the gap caused by the pandemic.”