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Happy Kittens at Dog and Cat Shelter!

Thanks to everyone who donated Kitten food to Benton Dog and Cat Shelter’s appeal

A big thank you to all those who donated!

Keep you eyes peeled for our latest newsletter which is going to contain a ‘Pet of the Month’ so you can get to know some of the animals in need of homes a little better.

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Kids 1st at Quorum is Outstanding for a second time

This week Kids 1st are celebrating after achieving their second successive outstanding Ofsted inspection.

Kids 1st Quorum, our onsite nursery was judged as outstanding in every category and has been given a huge amount of positive feedback from Ofsted. Inspector, Eileen Grimes, was particularly impressed with the assessment of the children’s development, the understanding of children’s interests and abilities, and the excellent partnerships with parents.

Andrea Cain, Nursery Manager at Kids 1st Quorum is thrilled with the nursery’s achievement, she said: “All of my team have worked so hard for this inspection and we are delighted to retain our outstanding! We always aim for excellence within every aspect of childcare and to receive recognition of that is wonderful.”

This outstanding Ofsted report is the sixteenth in eleven years for Kids 1st and currently all ten of the group’s nurseries are outstanding, something quite unique in the private childcare sector.

Allison Winship, Head of Childcare, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Andrea and the team at Kids 1st Quorum for all of their hard work and dedication to the nursery. Achieving an outstanding Ofsted report is extremely difficult, especially twice, and to see how much the skills and expertise of the staff have impressed the inspector really makes me proud.”

At the end of 2014 Kids 1st was named the ‘Highest Quality Childcare Provider in the UK’ by Nursery World for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s top provider will be announced by the industry publication in November.

Kids 1st is a family run business, with ten purpose-built nurseries in the North East of England. Outstanding features of the nurseries include nutritious homemade meals, challenging gardens which have been designed to suit the age groups that use them, CCTV and fingerprint security, interactive whiteboards, extra-curricular activities and a coffee-to-go breakfast service for parents. Two new nurseries are soon to open in Gateshead and Sunderland.

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National Cycle Award Nomination!!!

Quorum has been shortlisted for ‘Cycle Friendly Workplace of the Year’ in the 2015 Cycle Planning Awards.

We will find out whether we have won on Monday 14th September (fingers crossed!)

Learn more about our cycle friendly activities here.

Next month is Travel Smarter Month at Quorum – check out some of our Cycle Friendly Activities here.

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Fresh batch of Quorum Honey on sale at the Hub!

Pick up a pot of Quorum Honey produced from our onsite beehives. £1.50 a jar, available in the hub!

Did you know one of natures best hayfever cures is eating homegrown honey? You can’t get much more local than eating honey produced in your workplace!

Now that our bee community has expanded to an impressive FIVE hives, we have a big batch of honey this year, on sale at the Hub.

All proceeds go towards The Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Quorum Event’s Manager, Laura Barber said ‘At Quorum we’re commited to creating a pleasant and sustainable environment where people, animals, plants and businesses thrive. We’re really proud of our bee hives and are deligted they are doing so well. Donating our proceeds to The Northumberland Wildlife Trust continues to demonstrate that commitments further’