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Business award 2021 winner

Little Inspirations Ltd, provides childcare for babies and young children in a number of locations across South Wales. The company was established in 2003 with 5 members of staff and 10 children and grown to a company, which employs 80 staff and are able to look after 400 children a day.

The company’s 8 locations are in Llantrisant, Rhydyfelin, Newport, Aberdare and two locations each in Barry and Tonyrefail.

They go above and beyond to ensure that all children have access to quality play and early years’ experience. Their high standards of childcare have seen them obtain excellent Care Inspectorate Wales reports and win many tender contracts from 3 Welsh local authorities.

The company was one of only around 10% of childcare services that stayed open during the first coronavirus lockdown and provided care for 144 families in 6 of their 8 venues during that time to allow parents to go to work. Little Inspirations provided Covid training for all employees and produced policies and procedures that have been used in other settings.

They provided weekly activity packs for those children who stayed home with their parents and a book donation scheme was introduced and provided around 200 book bundles so that every child had access to reading resources.

During this challenging time Jenine, the owner worked as a nursery nurse to cover employee absence and to help ensure the sites stayed open. Jenine also proactively shared information and support to other childcare services who were nervous about reopening.