Invitation to Department For Education Sustainability and Climate Change Working Group

Our Manager Director, Cheryl Hadland, has been invited to take part in the Sustainability and Climate Change Working Group by the Department of Education.


The Department for Education published its draft Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy which explains its strategy for the education and children’s services in the UK, focusing on environmental sustainability and commitment to climate action.

Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP expresses his concern about the effects of climate change and how it’s going to affect us in the future.

Initiatives to drive the DfE strategy include a green, sustainable education estate that is resilient to climate change and Tops are delighted that the government is interested to hear directly from Cheryl Hadland  – Tops Day Nurseries and Aspire Training Team Manager Director,  about her experience and knowledge in this area.

Cheryl has been working on sustainability for 15 years now and for example Tops & Aspires’ entire fleet is electric with chargers and solar panels at appropriate settings to support this, but we still have a lot to do as we are hampered by a lack of investment funds. Cheryl shares lessons learned in order to help other early years providers become more sustainable in

Cheryl is currently doing her Doctorate in sustainability in the early years sector.

Tops and Aspire received B-Corp certification in 2020.  B Corporations are pioneers in the worldwide movement for a more fair, inclusive, and green economy. In order to achieve this, companies evidence their   social and environmental performance, make a legal commitment, and exhibit transparency in their governance and performance.

Tops Day Nurseries work with local farmers as well as national food suppliers, in order to purchase food as sustainably as possible.  Forming close relationships with local farms is a unique and exciting opportunity for the nursery to support local businesses, receive food sustainably, and educate their children.

Education plays an important role in responding to climate change. Tops and Aspire believe they have the responsibility and privilege of educating and preparing little ones for a changing world – ensuring they have solid foundations to learn how to take care of their environment and each other, supported by the adults in their lives.

As Robert Swan quoted “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

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