Jaybees Childcare

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Jaybees Childcare's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Jaybees Childcare is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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Managing Director Jackie Bell
Where will my imagination
take me next?”
Jackie Bell is the owner and manager of Jaybees Childcare,
based in Lochmaben, near Lockerbie. Jackie tells
TheParliamentary Review
that, having left home at 16 to
work as a nanny in London, she has been involved in childcare
for 45 years. In 2010, Jackie made her dream of owning a
nursery a reality, and has embraced all the challenges along
the way as opportunities to develop and improve. She talks
about Jaybees’ nature as a family-run and forward-thinking
independent nursery and how her team aims to improve the
quality of childcare at both a local and national level.
The outdoors underpins the work we do here at Jaybees. I truly think that childhood
is a state of mind that ends the moment a puddle is viewed as an obstacle rather
than an opportunity. I believe strongly in the value of the experiences I had as a
child and want all the children in my care to have the same opportunities.
We pride ourselves on our local forest classroom and have a fantastic outdoor
space including a thriving fruit and vegetable garden. We use our passion every
day to create a truly memorable experience, built on family values which we have
benefited from through the generations. We hope to expand upon the quality of
experience in the future.
Our highly qualified staff strive to deliver our curriculum both indoors and
outdoors, removing the walls of the classroom and leaving children with a lifelong
love for their natural environment. We promote a happy, healthy lifestyle and
ensure both physical and mental wellbeing are nurtured.
»Managing Director: Jackie Bell
»Founded in 2010
»Located in Lochmaben
»Services: Outdoor-indoor
»No. of employees: 17
»The nursery is a family-run
business operating in a
purpose-built facility
»Jaybees’ “home from home”
environment promotes a
happy and healthy lifestyle
and nurtures both physical
and mental wellbeing
»Jackie and her team
believe Jaybees provide the
experiences for “the best
possible start” in life, allowing
children to reach their full
Jaybees Childcare
Overall, we aim to provide the best
possible outcomes for the children in
our care where high-quality learning
and childcare is our top priority.
Developing skills for lifelong learning
and providing the experiences for the
best possible start in life allow children
to reach their full potential and learn in
time to the rhythm of the seasons.
A skilled workforce
Jaybees’ aim is to work with local
academic partners, as we are based
in a rural location whereby family
care can at times be challenging. I
had recognised that childcare was not
being valued as a career opportunity,
with applicants and students alike
not only under skilled but lacking
Our staff team are fundamentally
the building blocks for the success
of the nursery and the service we
provide. I have been working closely
in academic partnerships from early
years to higher education to create
awareness of the importance of
a skilled workforce, for example
being involved in the education and
recruitment of students. By providing
educational opportunities and links,
we create sustainable jobs that can
help to raise the standards of care in
the early years.
With regards to recruitment and
training, I believe in investing time
in new and existing staff in order to
attract the best and also to retain
the quality of staff we have. We
educate and grow our own, in the
same way we do for the children
in our care. We are committed to
providing invigorating education and
life skills, working with our staff to
push boundaries and consistently
explore ways to engage with the care
inspectors and others. We aspire to
create best-practice initiatives and
improve the approach and delivery of
the childcare we provide.
We are very successful in what we
deliver and have real focus and drive
for the future; however, we do not
take our reputation and success for
granted. We consistently invest in
our nursery and in our staff, in turn
providing the best pathways for our
children. We are in the early stages
of developing Training Bees and will
embrace the advantages that this
brings, allowing us to invest in and
upskill those who choose a career in
the early years.
Intergenerational opportunities
As a forward-thinking nursery our
newest adventure is Junior meets
Senior. I strongly believe in the
benefits of bringing together the
young and the old, with enjoyment
and learning working as part of
a two-way stream. We have a
strong connection with a local care
home, only a bus ride away. In the
nursery we are beginning to extend
this relationship, inviting elderly
members of the community to join
us in the nursery and share their skills
Heather is a retired local lady who
is still extremely physically able and
One hundred per cent
I truly think
that childhood
is a state of
mind that ends
the moment a
puddle is
viewed as an
obstacle rather
than an
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has a world of experience in early
years education from her career
in childcare. She has early onset
dementia, but we do not want this
to define her. Her illness is not seen
by the children. The first thing they
see is her smile, her knee for a story
and her never-ending patience. She
volunteers her time at the nursery
three afternoons a week and is a real
character, loved dearly by both the
staff and children.
The time the children and Heather
spend together provides a calmness
and security for both, which is a joy
to witness. How they connect, share
stories and engage with each other is
an area we will explore further, as we
hope to address this huge challenge in
our communities today. At Jaybees we
know we can provide the platform for
intergenerational projects, and it is an
honour to witness.
Our future
The future is exciting for Jaybees.
We have submitted plans to the
local authority for an indoor-outdoor
facility and pioneering educational,
intergenerational space including
a nursery for 100 children and an
assisted living village that will create
care for the region. This space will
connect the generations in a safe
and holistic environment, allowing
all to come together and improve
The outdoor spaces will comprise
walkways, nature trails, ponds, raised
allotments, recreational space, cycle
paths, forest and rest space. We are
planning on opening a 24/7 childcare
and are working closely with the NHS
and neighbouring hospital.
We are proud that today we remain an
independent family business led by me
and my daughters. We have the energy
and passion for growth where we
feel we can set an excellent standard
in care, now and into the future.
We are delighted to share our new
development plans and strategy for
growth as we strengthen our existing
brand and grow within communities
and regions.
Our highly
qualified staff
strive to
deliver our
both indoors
and outdoors,
removing the
walls of the
classroom and
children with
a lifelong love
for their
Children, fit for life

This article was sponsored by Jaybees Childcare. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development