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We are delighted to announce that Nicola Fleury, Founding Director of The Kidzrus Nursery Group has been recognised in King Charles III first Official Birthday Honours for services to Early Years Education and to the community in Salford.  She is to attend a ceremony in the coming months to be invested as a Member of the Mot Excellent Order of the British Empire by a senior member of the Royal Family.

Nicola opened her first nursery on Manchester Road, Swinton in April 2010 and has now grown to a group of five award winning nurseries across the City of Salford, employing a team in excess of one hundred and twenty people with an in-depth knowledge of the area as well as qualifications, experience and skills to meet the specific needs of more than 500 children and families in our care.

Nicola’s work has impacted on thousands of children and their families that have been in our care and alongside her award winning team, she has worked to ensure that they achieve their true potential and are able to make the transition to ‘big school’ with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours to become responsible, sociable and considerate members of the local community and wider society.

Under Nicola’s leadership each setting has been graded Outstanding or Good with Outstanding Features by Ofsted.  She been accredited with many personal awards as a Businessperson, Inspirational Leader, for Outstanding Contribution, as an Employer of Apprentices and for recruitment initiatives.  The nurseries have been recognised for Team Development, Community Contribution, Health and Nutrition, Wellbeing, Exceptional Practice and for Leadership and Management.  Such is Nicola’s standing within the early years education sector that she now sits on the awarding panel for several prestigious local and national awards and delivers speeches and training at national conferences.  We are also pleased to conform that she was recipient of the 2021-2022 Ceremonial Mayor of Salford’s Award for charitable endeavours throughout the pandemic.

Nicola is an inspirational leader and role model who advocates continued professional development with opportunities for employment, education and training of colleagues at all levels, from apprentice with no qualifications or experience to degree level graduates with extensive experience.  She has steered the education and wellbeing of children, as well as their families and our team members throughout an extremely challenging period, namely the recent pandemic and periods of isolation to provide stability and promote progression, alongside an unwavering commitment to those who encounter hardship within the local community.

The Kidzrus Family Food Bank was set up in March 2018 to support the culturally diverse community increasingly encountering hunger and food poverty requiring the provision of healthy food packages, packed lunches or hot meals.  The Food Bank works tirelessly to support the ongoing needs of the local community by replacing food poverty with optimism.  prove its service, extreme social deprivation and food poverty. Over the Christmas lockdown period the Kidzrus Family Food Bank distributed more than 100 Christmas Hampers and in excess of 500 gifts to local families.  

Throughout the coronavirus lockdown and subsequent periods of isolation, Nicola worked continually and compassionately to ensure that the health, wellbeing and education of the children and families in our care was protected.  She trained her team to carry out telephone and zoom care calls to maintain contact and instigated a series of support measures to lessen the burden.

She personally purchased and delivered bundles of age appropriate reading materials that matched our children’s interests to them at home, and set up a range of social media accounts that enabled the children to be home schooled with a series of activities across all learning areas so that they would be able to take on board new learning, skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Nicola recognises the importance of providing all children equal opportunities and experiences to learn that they may not otherwise have.  In doing this she purchased and prepared party and picnic hampers for our children to celebrate landmark events such as Captain Tom Moore’s Birthday, the VE Day Anniversary and other faith and culture events that promote learning alongside equality, diversity and inclusion.

Post pandemic Nicola has enhanced her community support by introducing Kidzrus in the Community as a formal strand of the Group and this now incorporates the Kidzrus Clothes Rail whereby parents and carers may select appropriate clothing from a range available at our Media City setting including school uniforms which parents select at their leisure.  We understand that our Pre-School children making their transition to ‘big school’ can be expensive and with that in mind, Nicola was able to provide suitable items of clothing.

There is currently conflict in the Ukraine and a number of women and children have fled and sought sanctuary in Salford.  Nicola has reached out to the Ukraine community and offered bespoke packages of support that included early years childcare as well as signposting to the most appropriate advice and guidance for education for older children and adults wishing to study English as an additional language, as well as welfare and housing support.

On receiving her official notification of the honour Nicola commented “I am deeply humbled and extremely proud to be nominated for Services to Early Years Education and to the community in Salford. Who would have thought from my humble beginnings in Lower Broughton, Salford to receive such an honour is truly remarkable.  I only hope it really inspires many others to work hard, have a vision and be totally determined despite the many setbacks.  We are very fortunate to have met and cared for so many lovely children and families since setting up the first Kidzrus Nursery in 2010, many of which are in touch today.  However, our greatest asset is our team, and we would like to thank every one of them as they have all made a significant contribution.   

I started my childcare career as a childminder in 2006 with a vision to provide quality childcare and make a difference to children in Salford and to offer the most wonderful opportunities and experiences to all children regardless of their background, culture, and religion.  We have created an amazing fully inclusive and extremely diverse culture within Kidzrus Nursery Group of which we are super proud, our ethos is Every Child, Every Chance.  We want to give children in Salford the best chance to achieve whatever they want to as the formative years are by far the most important and we want to support them in achieving their full potential and enabling them to have as many quality experiences and rich opportunities as possible. 

Anyone who knows me knows how immensely proud I am to be from Salford, we are a very proud community who always support each other especially at times of need. 

I am incredibly proud of all achievements to date.  However, this is by far my greatest achievement as I have the pleasure in being invited to receive the amazing honour at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle in the coming months.  I am really looking forward to celebrating the spectacular occasion along with my family”.  

The team at Kidzrus would wish to offer Nicola our warmest congratulations on her well-deserved recognition and thanks for the support that she offers us in our professional and personal lives and very much look forward to her sharing her special Investiture Day with us in due course.


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