Childbase Partnership is an employee owned early years childcare provider that is committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible environments within all of its nurseries and this commitment starts at an early age.
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Total carbon footprint.


Reporting Boundary: UK operations (45 sites)
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, homeworking energy, gas oil, refrigerants, water, waste, fleet, business travel,
paper use

Reporting Period: 01 Nov 2019 – 31 Oct 2020

1,085.6 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

comparison based on normalised data.

0.5 tCO2e

Absolute location-based carbon reduction



Absolute location-based carbon reduction per employee



FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.


Certification story

Childbase Partnership, an employee-owned early years childcare provider that caters for children aged 6 months to 5 years of age, have achieved the Planet Mark Certification. 

This is Childbase second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to Planet Mark. Childbase’s carbon footprint in the year ending October 2019 was 1,128.2 tCO2e, a decrease of 15.4% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 0.75 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 22.3% compared to the year ending 2018. 

Electricity emissions decreased by 10% and business travel emissions decreased by 16%. Wider scope 3 emissions calculated through the Zeroby30 programme were included for the first time this year. The carbon footprint related to it was 4,774.9 tCO2e. With this additional reporting, Childbase’s total carbon footprint in the year ending October 2019 was 5,903.1 tCO2e. 

Steve Malkin
Planet Mark
“Childbase has made some fantastic progress this year, and I cannot say I’m surprised. The commitment shown, be it through engaging the supply chain or educating children about climate change, shows the level of dedication to taking genuine climate action. There is a sense of willpower in the organisation that anything is possible and I hope this serves as an example to all of those in the education sector.”

Certification story

Certification is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Childbase Partnership’s Head Office is based in Newport Pagnell and it operates 42 sites across mainly central England. Childbase Partnership is committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible environments within all of its nurseries and this commitment starts at an early age. At present, Childbase take part in both Food for Life Serve Here and Eco-Schools programmes which enhance both education in the environment and environmental issues as well as using produce that comes from sustainable sources. The company has also diverted 98.3% of its main waste streams from landfill in 2019. 

Education can and must act sustainably if we are to achieve our carbon targets. From empowering chidlren, raising environmental awareness and improving the physical environment of the education environments, acting on climate change can have positive impacts throughout the community. 

Future targets

Reach net zero carbon by 2030

Through the Planet Mark Zeroby30 programme, Childbase has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

How Planet Mark has helped

Planet Mark created and implemented a roadmap of zero carbon solutions

Through Planet Mark’s ZeroBy30 programme, Childbase has set absolute reduction goals to reach net zero carbon by 2030. Planet Mark has worked closely with Childbase to reduce their scope 1 and 2 direct emissions to zero carbon, and scope 3 indirect emissions to as close to zero as possible and then offset the remaining carbon to exceptional schemes.

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