Tommies Makes Best Companies Lists 2020

Jonathan Austin Danielle Butler Best Companies Sunday Times

Tommies Childcare is Moving on up in the Best Companies to Work For List

What if one of the best UK companies to work for was on your door step?

For the second year running, Tommies Childcare is in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For list.

In 2019, Tommies ranked at number 34. This year (2020), they have shot up through the rankings to number 15.

Some lucky members of the Tommies team were treated to a night of celebration to mark their achievement. The Best Companies awards ceremony, hosted by Dan Walker, took place at Evolution London on 19th February.

The team were anxious to find out where in the list the organisation would sit. There were huge cheers of excitement and celebration when the announcement was made.

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Tommies staff don their finest to celebrate their accreditation


Why does this matter?

When people are engaged with the organisation they work for, they feel more motivated and take great pride in what they do.

Staff at Tommies believe in a shared purpose and understand the role they play in staying true to the values of the organisation.

For parents registered at a Tommies nursery, this means that the people looking after their children are extraordinarily engaged in the work they do: caring for your children.

Statistic: 98% of staff at Tommies agree that: “I feel proud to work for this organisation.”

“Outstanding early years experiences for children”

People at Tommies are flying high following their second successive accreditation.

Danielle Butler, Operations Director said:

In a sector where we can make a difference to the lives of the children we work with, it’s amazing to know that our employees are happy in such a vital role.

Knowing that our staff are engaged fills me with reassurance. They are in a strong position to deliver outstanding early years experiences for children.

Jonathan Austin, CEO & Founder of Best Companies congratulated Tommies on the achievement:

Congratulations for making the 100 Best List for 2 years on the run! Also, congratulations for your highest ever BCI score and achieving our 3 Star Accreditation Status. Well done indeed.

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Left: Jonathan Austin (CEO, Best Companies), Danielle Butler (Operations Director, Tommies Childcare), and Matt Fooks (Finance Director, Tommies Childcare)


Statistic: 97 of staff at Tommies agree that: “I am excited about where this organisation is going.”

What do the staff say about working for Tommies?

Ask any of the talented staff across all 8 of Tommies’ nurseries, and you’ll hear nothing but great things.

In fact, in this year’s b-Heard survey, 97% of staff at Tommies agree: “I love working for this organisation.”

Here’s some of the things that staff have to say about life at Tommies:

Tommies to me feels like home. I’ve never been so comfortable working in a [nursery] setting. I love all the children, I love the staff. – Rachel Underhill, Room Leader

I love the fact that at Tommies, you’re not a number on a piece of paper. Everybody knows you by name. – Angela Brady, Nursery Manager

Making relationships with parents and with staff- it makes you want to stay because you feel so well-known. You feel so appreciated. It’s rewarding. – Chrissie Wincott, Nursery Practitioner

Can you see yourself working at Tommies Childcare?

Not only is Tommies an extraordinary place to work, staff also receive extraordinary benefits.

Leaders at Tommies Childcare realise that working with children requires a great deal of hard work and dedication, which is why staff are rewarded and supported, both personally and professionally.

Qualified practitioners at Tommies receive above the standard rates of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage. Not only that, the company has made a formal commitment to pay all staff, regardless of age or qualification, above the rate of National Living Wage by 2025.

Other benefits include:

  • At least 20 days annual leave, plus bank holidays (increasing to 25 days though length of service)
  • Extra days annual leave for excellent attendance
  • 30% childcare discount (40% for Deputy Managers, 50% for Nursery Managers)
  • 10% friends & family discount
  • Time off to support your wellbeing
  • 6 weeks full pay during maternity leave
  • Rewards for Good or Outstanding Ofsted gradings
  • Paid overtime for training & development
  • Progression opportunities
  • Annual awards ceremony
  • Christmas saver scheme
  • £250.00 reward to referring new staff to Tommies
  • Free uniform
  • Paid compassionate leave

See the full benefits package here.

Statistic: 97% of staff agree that: “This job is good for my own personal growth.”

Are you keen to join the Tommies team? Find out what current vacancies are available now.

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