The Co-operative Childcare has been recognised for its outstanding commitment to the early years’ sector after receiving two awards from Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 20, which celebrates the most influential people and nurseries in the industry.

Group General Manager Mike Abbott was crowned as one of the most influential people in the childcare sector due to his continued commitment to high quality standards. Under his leadership, The Co-operative Childcare has grown from six nurseries to 44 over the last four years, and Ofsted results continue to thrive with 98% of its nurseries securing Outstanding or Good ratings.

Mike Abbott, General Group Manager of The Co-operative Childcare, said: “The past year has been a great one for us as we continue to help our children reach their full potential and prepare them for their lives outside the nursery.

“All of our colleagues have worked extremely hard over the years to create high quality environments for children to thrive in and we’re so pleased to have been recognised for this by such an influential publication like NMT.”

Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief of NMT said: “We are very proud of the nursery sector and the many outstanding people who work within it offering superb care to such important members of our communities. NMT Nursery Top 20 recognises the people and businesses that are really driving the sector forward and offers them an opportunity to share and spread their positive influence to a wider audience.”

The leading childcare provider also came top in the publication’s annual Top Business Index accreditation, which celebrates exceptional financial and business success. Judges were particularly impressed with the 44.26% increase in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) over the last two years. 

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