Busy Bees, the UK’s leading provider of early years childcare, has joined forces with digital health app, Peppy, to create an inclusive workplace culture.
The nursery group is the first childcare provider to partner with Peppy which supports employees through critical life transitions and health journeys, including fertility, menopause, women’s and men’s health and having a baby.
The service will be available to over 9,000 employees and their family members and launches today on World Menopause Day (Tuesday 18 October). Colleagues will initially have access to menopause support from Peppy, which offers practical and emotional support for people going through their menopause journey, delivered by real human health experts. Colleagues will also have access to video consultations, on-demand videos, audios, and evidence-based articles. Through the app, users can join a community of people who are experiencing similar life challenges.
Charlotte Hutchings, Chief People Officer at Busy Bees, said: “We are delighted to be working with Peppy and putting our people first. Wellbeing and mental health are huge topics for any business right now and we are passionate about supporting our employees through their health journeys.
“94 per cent of our workforce are female, and therefore it’s essential that we tailor our benefits proposition to support and empower women in the workplace. We are committed to championing women at work and creating an environment where they can consider extending their careers. This platform provides our female employees with the right guidance and specialist support in an inclusive and safe environment.”
Kathy Abernethy, Director of Menopause Services, Peppy said: “Women of menopausal age make up the fastest-growing demographic of the UK workforce, and yet two thirds say menopause symptoms have a negative impact on their work. In fact, 1 in 4 women of menopausal age consider leaving employment due to symptoms, and 1 in 10 actually do. This is a problem employers can’t afford to ignore if they are to offer a truly inclusive support programme for all staff.
“We’re thrilled that Busy Bees is working with Peppy to support this important demographic. Busy Bees is taking a positive step towards better supporting its people, and we look forward to helping them create a trustworthy and supportive environment through Peppy.”
To find out more about Busy Bees Nurseries, please visit www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk
Busy Bees was formed in 1983 and opened its first nursery in 1984 in Staffordshire. Busy Bees has grown to become the largest provider of early years childcare in the nation, with 386 nurseries across the UK and Ireland.
With nearly four decades of experience, Busy Bees has developed a practical, child-centred approach to providing exceptional early years education that exceeds the Government’s standards to ensure every child gets the best start in life. In addition to following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework* in England, its commitment to excellence is also seen through its proprietary Unleashing Potential app, exclusively available for Busy Bees educators and parents.
Its nurseries provide stimulating home-from-home environments filled with rich learning opportunities, featuring plenty of outdoor spaces and a range of activities tailored for each age group, as well as NHS-accredited meals and snacks, freshly prepared on-site by the nursery chefs.
Busy Bees is proud that 97% of its UK centres have received ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted or equivalent.
To learn more about Busy Bees and find your nearest centre, visit www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk.
* Busy Bees also follows the Curriculum for Excellence and other relevant guidance in Scotland, and The Foundation Phase in Wales.
Peppy is a digital health app that is pioneering health support for employees, serving under-served areas of healthcare. These include family and reproductive health – trying to start a family, becoming a parent and going through the menopause – and a first-of-its-kind men’s health service.
When an employer gives its people Peppy, it gives them unlimited access to experienced practitioners over live chat, live events, and live virtual consultations, ensuring they have access to the information, answers, and personalised support they need, tailored to their individual circumstances.
Over 250 leading UK employers and over 800,000 employees have access to life-changing support with Peppy, including Clifford Chance, Marsh McLennan, Santander, the University of Sheffield and Wickes.