A NURSERY has proved itself to be a 'model for other businesses to follow' after Bracknell's MP paid a visit to congratulate them on their energy saving efforts.

Greengables Day Nursery in Sandhurst boasts success after receiving an award for the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for.

As well as this, the nursery which opened in 2011, is 'well underway' for achieving a Green Flag award for dedicating time and effort into conservation and the teaching children about the environment.

Dr Phillip Lee had a guided tour of the garden, which boasts an all-weather decking area, rubber flooring, a pirate ship, growing beds for harvesting herbs and vegetables.

The nursery also has solar roof panels, an energy saving under-floor heating system and insulation to contribute towards helping the environment.

Dr Phillip Lee, said: "I visited Greengables shortly after it opened and I am delighted that not only has it maintained the high standards that I found them in, but has actually improved since then.

"It is clear that the concept of an an employee owned company gives all the team there a real feeling that they personally invest in the nursery and the standard of service it provides.

"Through this and their environmental practices, they are acting as a model for how businesses can and should develop in the future."

The school which holds the Eco School Silver Award also has a Food for Life Served Here Award, providing children with ethically sourced home-cooked meals and snacks.

Jen Ralphs, manager at Greengables Day Nursery, said: "We are on a mission to give children the best possible start in life and as a result, absolutely nothing is left to chance.

"Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give children the best possible future.

"The focus is not only on reducing the nursery's carbon footprint but also ensuring children are fully prepared for their responsibilities to the environment, now and in the future."