Our Approach to Diversity and Inclusion



LGBTQ+, MITEY, and BIE Groups


At Tops and Aspire, we believe in creating a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone. That’s why we’re excited to announce that our LGBTQ+, BIE (Building Inclusive Environment), and MITEY (Men in The Early Years) groups are coming together to form one fantastic support network. This means we can better support diversity and inclusion, making sure every single member of our team feels valued and heard.


LGBTQ+ Group



LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. We acknowledge that our LGBTQ+ colleagues are likely to be suffering more from mental health than those not from this community and that many will have experienced verbal harassment, physical violence and/ or bullying. Many may feel that they don’t have a voice, and it’s pointless to raise complaints.

This group has been set up to provide an opportunity to express anything related to being LGBTQ+ at Tops Day Nurseries and Aspire Training, and to set up an action plan, fully supported by the Directors, in order to ensure that our LGBTQ+ colleagues are fully welcomed into our family and that any blocks or concerns can be raised and addressed. The group will also have a function to educate everyone, even those within the community so that working lives at least are a happy place to be for all.

The group is committed to educating everyone, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, to foster a workplace where all individuals feel valued and respected.


“Steps to support in the workplace” which will also inform its actions:

  • Develop a Clear Mission for Supporting LGBT in the Workplace
  • Take LGBT Discrimination Seriously
  • Develop Support Programmes for LGBT colleagues
  • Promote Allies of LGBT People
  • Get Support from Senior Staff


We’re committed to embedding cultural diversity and inclusivity into the fabric of our company. Through the efforts of our Building Inclusive Environment group, we’ll continue to set the standard for what it means to be a truly inclusive organisation, both now and in the future.

If you would like to join this group don’t hesitate to email Simon at Simon.Evans@topsdaynurseries.co.uk. The groups get together for an hour every month.



BIE (Building Inclusive Environment) Group



We celebrate diversity and embrace inclusivity with open arms! Discrimination has no place here; not only is it against the law, but it goes against our core values of equality and fairness. We believe in creating a workplace where everyone belongs, feels valued and respected. We see promoting cultural diversity and inclusion as not just a duty, but an opportunity to make our company even better. By embracing different perspectives and backgrounds, we can enrich our work environment and better serve our customers.

Every single person in our company plays a vital role in fostering an inclusive culture. To further champion this cause, we established the ‘Building Inclusive Environment Group (BIE) in July 2020. This group is dedicated to researching and implementing initiatives that promote inclusivity throughout the company.

The BIE group gets together on a quarterly basis with invitations sent out via email an upon our colleague Facebook page, however if you keen to get involved do reach out to our People Team.



MITEY (Men in The Early Years) Reps



Then in 2023 the Men In Early Years (MITEY) Est 2019 and LGTBQ+ Est 2001 groups joined forces to create a more connected BIE group. Tops Day Nursery proudly supports the MITEY campaign, a nationwide initiative aimed at recognising and appreciating the role of men in nurturing and educating young children. By signing the MITEY Charter, we affirm our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all individuals, regardless of gender or identity, are valued and respected.


We pledge to:

  • Value men’s capacity to care for and educate children, both within families and as professionals
  • Acknowledge that early years education should benefit from the talents of all, so we are actively seeking to create a workforce that includes men, women, and people with other gendered or non-gendered identities
  • View early years education as a critical context in which to address gender inequality and stereotypes, for the benefit of children and wider society.
  • Value the benefits to children of being educated and cared for by a diverse, mixed-gender early years workforce.
If you would like to join this group don’t hesitate to email Charli at Charli.Henley-Carter@topsdaynurseries.co.uk. The groups get together for an hour every month.