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ICP Nurseries hold incredible second annual Company Conference at The Oval Cricket Ground in London

On Saturday the10th November 2018, over 350 ICP employees attended the 2nd Annual Company Conference at The Oval cricket ground. Staff from 20 nurseries joined together to celebrate the Company’s amazing achievements of the previous year, and a fantastic day was had by all.

The theme of the Conference this year, was ‘The Outdoors’, and staff were treated to an all outdoor theme, from the table decorations to the incredible prizes on offer.

The day started with an interactive exhibition, showcasing some of the amazing childcare practices including bespoke resources and extra-curricular activities which have been implemented over the last 12 months in all of the ICP Nurseries.

Staff then enjoyed a delicious spread of food before enjoying a showreel of some of the incredible transformations and refurbishments which have taken place. It was an emotional moment to see how far some of the nurseries have come. Kelly Walton, Nursery Manager at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Old Barn Day Nursery said, “Looking at the before and after pictures, of both our practice, and the environments was really special. It was lovely for me and the team to reflect and take a moment to feel proud of our achievements.”

Then it was time to get creative with a competition to design a new outdoor environment. Each nursery had been asked to bring junk modelling material for a challenge, but until special guest judge James Collis-Pritchard from Pentagon Play announced the opportunity to win an incredible garden refurbishment, no one knew quite what to expect. There were some incredible entries, with St Ives Nursery, Little Rascals Nursery and Zeeba Royal Arsenal, the ultimate winners.

The staff teams were over the moon to discover they had won. Satvinder Bhurji, Nursery Manager at Zeeba Royal Arsenal said: “The whole team were really motivated and excited about creating a sensory garden design at the Conference. Our nursery is in an area where the majority of our children live in flats and have no gardens, so we were absolutely delighted for them when we heard our Nursery name called as one of the winners of a brand new garden. We are so proud of what we achieved as a team.”

Kimberly Griffiths, Manager at St Ives Nursery, was also thrilled with her team’s efforts: “Not only are we so excited about the new learning opportunities this will provide for our children, but it goes to show exactly what you can achieve when you all work as a team. Our team at St Ives is so supportive of each other and we are all absolutely focused on providing outstanding childcare for our children, but, being part of the wider ‘ICP Team’ gives us that extra layer of support and encouragement.”

Little Rascals Manager, Sarah Cramp, was most excited about how the garden refurbishment would help support outdoor learning for their younger children: “This garden refurbishment will massively improve both the quantity and the quality of time our babies will be able to spend learning outdoors. When we found out we had won, there was a huge buzz throughout the team and we are so excited to begin planning the outdoor environment with Pentagon Play.”

More awards and prizes followed with accolades given for ‘Over and Above Chef’s Contribution’, ‘High Achievement on a Learning Programme’ and many more.

To finish the day off we hosted an ‘ICP’s Got Talent’ showcase. Members of the Childcare Team and all the Nurseries, took part in an unforgettable talent competition, writing, practising and performing their own original take on a classic song of their choice. The competition was fierce, with the two finalists, St Ives Nursery and Childcare4U Beaconsfield taking it to a sing-off to decide the ultimate winner. The Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Nursery and Pre-Prep from Beaconsfield just pipped St Ives to the post, with their rendition of ‘This is Me’.

As the day ended, staff were all given goody bags – a fitting way to round off the celebrations, and ‘heart-felt thank you’ for an incredible year at ICP Nurseries.

“Tracey Storey, CEO, said: “An vast amount of hard work and preparation went into organising the Company conference and I thank the Central Office team for their sterling efforts.  The day was full of energy, excitement and enthusiasm – it was such a proud moment for me to stand in front of our loyal and hardworking staff to thank them for their contribution to making all our ICP Nurseries extra-special.     It is so important to take time out of our busy working day to celebrate and give due consideration to the positive impacts the team are having on all the children in our settings.”

Lisa Snell, Head of Childcare said: “The Nursery teams attended our annual Company Conference.  It was a fantastic day which centred around celebrating staff achievements and our continued focus on our outdoor learning in 2019.   The knowledge and insights you can absorb in just one day at an Early Years conference are amazing.  Having lots of experiences exhibited allowed our staff teams’ imaginations to run wild with opportunities for the children.  The passion and dedication demonstrated by each nursery team was so humbling and having the opportunity to share our own knowledge and experience with our colleagues and peers was invaluable.”