*Post in association with Coop Childcare
On Wednesday October 17th, nurseries up and down the country will be celebrating Nursery Practitioner Day to say thank you to those who look after their little ones. It’s a day founded by Coop Childcare, who have a whole network of 44 nurseries in the UK, to recognise the efforts and contributions of Nursery Practitioners on a daily basis.
As a working parent of two young boys, I can completely appreciate the need to celebrate Nursery Practitioner Day. Nurseries open early so that many parents can drop their children off for the day of fun, learning and fulfilment whilst they go to work. They close late so children can be collected on the way home. They nurture our children, play with them, listen to their needs and make every day fun but unfortunately, they aren’t getting the appreciation they deserve.
Early Years Worker shortage
According to recent research there’s an industry-wide shortage of early years workers with 45% of vacancies remaining unoccupied. As a parent, I’m shocked. That’s an alarming statistic which really needs addressing, we need to do something to ensure that there’s a team of dedicated workers available, ready and willing to look after our children. Additionally, it was also found that a quarter of staff were considering leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues. From a HR perspective (I work in Education HR) this is really worrying and it’s obvious that employers need to ensure their workforce are happy in their work and all fully supported throughout the day.
Nursery Practioner Day
Coop Childcare want to change this and have launched their national Nursery Practioner Day as a way to recognise the hard work and dedication that their staff provide every single day. On October 17th, staff in all of their nurseries will be invited to celebration parties in partnership with parents to say thank you. As well as being spoilt with a party, there will be colleague appreciation walls going up in nurseries (from 8th October until 19th October) for parents to write their thanks to the staff in every Coop Childcare nursery. There’s also the chance for one Nursery Practitioner (from within each of their nurseries) to be awarded with a fantastic mini break amongst other prizes.
Aside from the celebrations, Coop Childcare believe that making sure their staff are supported and valued all year round is essential. They offer a range of colleague benefits and wellbeing support which helps to combat the need for staff to leave the profession.
Spread the word!
Coop Childcare don’t just want to keep this day for themselves, they’re encouraging all nurseries across the UK to take part too. If you’re a parent, why not send your nursery staff a card of thanks, sometimes it’s the obvious things that go unsaid and whilst you’re grateful for the support Nursery Practitioners provide, actually telling them would probably make their day!
To get involved you can find out more here and spread the word using #NurseryPractitionerDay