17th February 2021
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.”
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.
"The #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears initiative is a great way for everyone in the community to show their appreciation for early years educators who have been providing support to families throughout the pandemic. I'd like to add my thanks to early years educators for their tireless work in what has been an incredibly difficult 11 months."
- Rt Hon Theresa May MP
"Our early years professionals continue to ensure children do not miss out on the early stages of their education during the pandemic. I join @BusyBeesUK and the wider community in paying tribute to their vital work in caring for our youngest children. #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears."
- Vicky Ford MP for Chelmsford and Children's Minister
"Today I'm joining in with the childcare industry with a #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears. I recognise the vital work that people in the early years sector do for the development of our kids. In January I had the pleasure of being taken for a virtual tour of a Busy Bees Childcare nursery in Welwyn Garden City. I saw the dedication that those working in childcare have to children, even when times are tough. It's a great thing that lots of childcare providers have come together for a day of recognition, and I'm joining in that recognition today."
- Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP for Welwyn Hatfield and Secretary of State for Transport
"A big thumbs up from all of us at Child Bereavement UK to all early years practitioners and our charity partner @busybeesuk doing invaluable work caring for children throughout the pandemic #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears"
- Child Bereavement UK, Busy Bees Charity Partner