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Leytonstone Centre Director receives Police Commendation Award

Published: 15 June

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We are delighted to announce that our Centre Director for Busy Bees Leytonstone has received a Police Commendation Award, after her prompt action to protect and safeguard a child’s life.

Tarin Edwards received her prestigious award at a ceremony held at The Great Hall in Leyton on Monday 13 June.

Tarin was commended for her involvement and bravery following a safeguarding incident involving a 20-month-old child called Alman, who suddenly stopped attending nursery. After failing to get a response from immediate relatives, Tarin quickly informed the police, who, after attending the family home, discovered that the mother had sadly passed away.

Tarin joined Busy Bees as a Nursery Practitioner when she was just 17 years old. She then progressed to Manager in 2012 where she worked across several Busy Bees nurseries including Chislehurst and Leytonstone.

Tarin Edwards, Centre Director at Busy Bees Leytonstone, said: “I am delighted to have received this Commendation Award from the Police, it is a huge honour. I am thankful that I followed my gut instinct and reacted quickly to ensure Alman was safe and unharmed.”

Following the incident, Alman joined the Busy Bees Community Support Scheme which aims to support families through difficult circumstances, relieve any financial pressure on the family and ensure that Alman can remain consistent with his time at Busy Bees with his Key Person and the whole staff team. Since April 2022, Alman has received free childcare five days a week.

Wendy Morland, Safeguarding Lead at Busy Bees, added: “I am so proud of Tarin and for trusting her instinct and following safeguarding protocols. Here at Busy Bees, our utmost priority is to keep our children safe. It is thanks to her attention, promptness, and relationship with the family that Alman was safe.”