Childcare workers at a Nottinghamshire nursery have received a share of £1.2million from the company they operate under.
Staff at the Edwalton Day Nursery on Melton Road, have been given a share of £1.2million divided from their operator, Childbase Partnership.
Childbase, who are employee-owned, introduced the payment in 2017 and have said they want to share the success of their financial year amongst all their staff.
All full-time staff, from apprentice to CEO, have received £750 of the £1.2million as part of the annual partnership dividend.
Rebecca Gilson of Keyworth works for Edwalton Day Nursery and has received the extra £750 in her January pay.
The nursery team leader and mum-of-one has expressed her gratitude, and is planning to use the money to take her family on a summer holiday.
The 28-year-old said: “I joined the company in October 2016 and have been met with so much praise and thanks throughout.
“I’ve always loved working with children and to have your work recognised in this way is so nice.”
During celebrations at the Ofsted-rated outstanding day nursery, staff broke open a treasure chest piñata filled with chocolate coins and the list of holidays and purchases made possible by the payment.
Miss Gilson added: “We found out about the payment around September 2018, and I thought wow, that’s more than last year.
“It just proves we’re doing something right here, and that hard work is recognised.
“It means I don’t need to save for our summer holiday, we can just plan it and book. Especially after Christmas, that can be hard to do.”
Rebecca and fiancee Adam Spicer, 31, are planning to take their three-year-old daughter, Ava-Rose Spicer to Spain this summer.
“We’re planning to join my parents who will be in Spain for most of the summer, somewhere on the Costa Brava.
“I’m looking forward to relaxing, spending time at the beach and swimming.
“I think there will probably be a bit of money left over so I can treat Adam and Ava-Rose to something nice as well,” she said.
Edwalton Day Nursery Manager, Sarah Johnson, said the dividend payment day celebrations were the perfect antidote to post Christmas blues and reminded everybody that their opinions and ideas matter.
Ms Johnson said: “There is a real energy in nursery at this time because the dividend payment reminds us all that we are personally invested in giving our children the best possible nursery experience. Happy and engaged staff ensures confident children ready to realise their full potential.”
The money will be subject to National Insurance contributions but tax free under HMRC rules for employee owned companies.
Childbase Partnership have been a Sunday Times ‘top workplace’ for over a decade and was described as ‘the gold standard for business excellence’ when it picked up three top European Business Awards last year.