The age range catered to has gradually expanded from 3-4 year olds to 0-15 year olds (depending on the setting) and opening hours can be as long as 6am until 8pm (depending on the setting), and for 52 weeks of the year, in response to demand from the community. Opening such long hours is not as cost effective as opening shorter hours, but making money has never been the key driver for the creation of Tops Day Nurseries, it has been service to the community and creating a safe, caring, appropriate environment in which to educate our children and provide them with the best possible start for enjoying, learning and contributing as they mature.
Cheryl has a passion for education not only of the pre-schoolers but for apprentices and adults, and it has been through the continuous professional development and lifelong learning of colleagues that the Tops Family of Day Nurseries has expanded in the way that it has, also holding the Investors In People Standard for 15 years and achieving Ofsted “Outstanding” and “Beacon Training Provider” for the quality of training provided through Aspire Training Team, for which she is the Managing Director and sole owner, as for Tops Day Nurseries.
Cheryl continues to scuba dive, having a love of the sea and the creatures in it, and has realised that the nurseries had unwittingly been damaging the environment with their use of one-use plastic (nappies, gloves, balloons, straws etc.) and inefficient use of resources, and has started a drive to reduce, re-use and recycle in order to prevent further damage to the environment that we leave to our children and grandchildren.
Cheryl is active politically on behalf of private day nurseries and early years teachers, and has won many awards in recent years for her work, such as being crowned the “most influential” person in the Early Years Sector in 2018, and has delivered Eco training for early years professional at an international level.
Born and brought up in Hong Kong with a Zambian born adopted brother Cheryl has a strong anti-discrimination, pro individual ethos, welcomes a diverse workforce and shares a “welcome to all” culture with the 600 strong colleague team. Cheryl has 10 family members working in or supported by the organisation including her two grandchildren. Tops is very much a family business and the bottom line that Cheryl evaluates all parts of the organisation is “Are my family members, and the neighbours family members, happy and fulfilled spending time here?” and she welcomes all feedback to help in her mission to serve the community.