Awards, Accolades & Training
Young Discoverers has been recognised in many ways for its achievements over the years, and been listed as a finalist for the following awards:
2009 Nursery World Awards. Highly Commended for their new setting.
2011 Forward Ladies Awards. Finalist in category for Innovation.
2014 Forward Ladies Awards. Finalist in Small Business (SME) category.
2015 York Press Business Awards. Finalist in People Development Category
2016 Forward Ladies Awards. Finalist in both Small Business (SME) and Inspiring Leader categories.
Community involvement has always been a key part of our philosophy, and we are very proud to have undertaken fundraising events very much with the support of our very generous parents to raise money for the following charities:
- York Special Care Baby Unit
- BBC Children in Need
- Comic Relief
- Save the Children Jumper appeal
- Help for Heroes
- Cancer Research Campaign (Race for Life)
Our Director and Nursery Manager have also been involved in other Community Projects. Ruth is a regular guest on BBC Radio York to review the papers, and is also frequently asked to take part in discussions on news items as a Childcare Expert. Ruth is also a volunteer for ‘Inspiring the Future’, an organisation that assist High School children in understanding more about the world of business and employment from real businesses, through a series of local events. Kathy also has a keen interest in our future generation of Nursery Practitioners, and has been a volunteer at Selby College contributing to training for those undertaking their BTEC qualifications in childcare to understand the practicalities of applying for jobs.
In house, we work closely with a number of training providers including York Learning and Selby College to ensure a highly qualified workforce. Whilst in our employment and with our support, staff have undertaken the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Playwork
- Level 2 Childcare Diploma
- Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma
- Early Years Educator Level 3
- Level 5 Foundation Degree
- Level 4 Childcare, Learning and Development
- Level 2 Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Management Diploma
- Level 5 Management Diploma
All of our staff are qualified to Level 2 in the 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Certificate, which is renewed every 3 years. A large number of the team are also qualified to level 2 Food Safety, which is regularly renewed. Those joining us without a Childcare qualification are encouraged to study for one, and receive mentoring support from a senior colleague, along with the opportunity to meet their tutor in the setting, and undertake learning tasks as part of their course whilst they work. This has resulted in a stable and dedicated team who value working for Young Discoverers, and the career progression this brings.