Categories 2024

The criteria for each award can be seen here

Nursery Training & Development

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We are looking to acknowledge and reward exceptional commitment to training and developing staff. The award could go to an outstanding business or nursery or individual who is making an exceptional contribution to enhancing training within the childcare sector.

Individual Nursery of the Year

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Awarded to a nursery that is a single owned and run site (i.e. not part of a multiple group of owned nurseries) which has, in the view of the judges, created the very best environment to promote the highest levels of childcare, staff morale and business performance.

Nursery Indoor Learning Environment of the Year

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This award will be won by the nursery which has created an environment that most inspires and excites children. The entry will show how the nursery actively involves children in their learning, as well as celebrating their achievements.

Nursery Room Leader of the Year

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This award will go to a Nursery Room Leader who shows the leadership skills required to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children, excellent ability to support and develop other team members, an ability to observe, assess and track children’s learning and development, someone who has a high degree of integrity and empathy when dealing with children and is an excellent verbal and written communicator.

Community Nursery of the Year

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This award will be made to a nursery who has shown exceptional contributions to their community. The judges will be looking for evidence of how the nursery goes out of its way to support its community by taking part in local activities. The nursery will also demonstrate how it actively involves staff, parents and children.

Nursery Manager of the Year

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The nursery sector depends on the very best managers for its current and future success. This award will be won by the manager who has shown outstanding caring and business skills and leadership in developing a thriving, high quality nursery which delivers a superb environment for children, staff and parents.

Nursery Business Development

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This award will be given to an outstanding launch of a new nursery business since January 1st 2024 or to a nursery or nursery group which has expanded significantly since January 1st 2024.

Nursery Operations/Area Manager of the Year

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The winning Operations or Area Manager will have demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership across the settings they are responsible for, enhancing the reputation and success of the Group as a whole.

Nursery Chef of the Year

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This award will be made to a Chef or Cook in a nursery setting, who shows exceptional ability in providing well-balanced, nutritious and delicious food, that takes into account individual needs of children, giving special attention to allergies, sensitivities, cultures and food hygiene. Applicants will be asked about their food preparation skills, menu design, nutritional focus and passion for delivering healthy balanced meals.

The SENCo Award

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This Award will be made to an outstanding Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) who has shown an exceptional commitment to the sensitive assessment of children with possible SEN and the skilled planning, delivery and monitoring of SEN care. A proven interest in training and providing support for colleagues and parents will be considered essential.

Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment of the Year

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This award will be made to the nursery which has, in the view of the judges, created an outdoor ‘living classroom’ that inspires and excites children. Activities that promote physical well-being, creativity and first-hand learning experiences will be sought.

Parent Engagement

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This award will be won by the nursery which has demonstrated exceptional efforts to boost parent engagement. Parent involvement helps extend teaching and learning outside of the nursery and creates a positive experience for children. The nursery will be able to show examples of how they involve parents and the benefits from it.

Nursery Nurse / Childcare Practitioner Award

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This award recognises the outstanding childcare provided by a Nursery Nurse/Childcare Practitioner. The childcare will include warmth, equality, responsibility, safety, fairness and being supportive in all relationships involving the children, parents and organisation.

Nursery Personality of the Year

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We’re looking for the person whose great personality and energy has made a real difference in their own setting in ways which are truly inspiring and memorable. This person will actively promote excellent care for their children, peace of mind for parents and a happy working environment.

Technology Product of the Year

This award will go to a technology/software product that has delivered an exceptional service to nurseries. Judges will be looking for the technology/software product that can demonstrate the ways in which it has enhanced the efficiency of nursery settings while offering value for money.

Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year

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Apprenticeships help shape successful careers and businesses. In the early years sector, childcare apprenticeships provide an exciting opportunity to grow within a nursery or group and develop the right skills and knowledge to take the next career steps. This award will recognise the group that has shown exceptional commitment and contribution to its apprenticeship scheme.

Apprentice of the Year

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Apprenticeships have been on the increase over the past couple of years and continue to make a positive impact to the sector. The nursery apprentice of the year will be an exceptional individual that has chosen to take an apprenticeship route and is showing brilliant potential. The judges will be looking for someone who has demonstrated commitment to their course and is actively using the skills they are learning to improve their career development.

Nursery Team of the Year

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This award will go to the nursery team that has developed and maintained an excellent standard of childcare showing exceptional group values and a commitment to working together for the common good.

Nursery Group (Small)

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This award is open to nursery groups with 2 to 9 UK settings and is designed to recognise a forward thinking group which has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values, focus across the group and financial success.

Nursery Group (Medium)

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This award is open to nursery groups with between ten to sixty nine UK settings and is designed to recognise a forward thinking group which has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values, focus across the group and financial success.

Nursery Group (Large)

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This award is open to nursery groups with seventy plus UK settings and is designed to recognise a forward thinking group which has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values, focus across the group and financial success.

New Nursery of the Year

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This award will recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of a new nursery that has entered the sector within the last 12 months. Judges will be looking for evidence of strong business performance goals and a positive ethos towards staff development and wellbeing and of course, a priority for delivering high quality childcare to its community. Applicants for this award can come from either a new nursery opened by an established group or from a first-time setting that has opened.

Supplier of the Year

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“The Award is open to all suppliers that have made an outstanding contribution to the nursery industry in 2024.

The industry is heavily reliant upon its suppliers. This award will recognise those suppliers that have gone above beyond for their customers and/or innovated to take their offering to the next level.”

Deputy Nursery Manager of the Year

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“A strong and supportive management team is essential for the future success and growth of
nursery settings. We are searching for that exceptional deputy manager who is always present to support the team and their manager. This individual will have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills and commits everyday to creating an inclusive and transparent workplace.”

 

Newcomer of the Year

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Judges are looking for a standout individual who has just become part of the early years workforce in the last 6 months. This person will have demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm in their new role and is already having a positive impact on the setting they work in. Above all they have enormous passion for working in the sector.

Outstanding Contribution of an Individual

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This Award will be announced on the night and cannot be voted for.

An independent panel will select an individual who they feel have made an outstanding contribution to the nursery sector. The person chosen will be contacted before the awards ceremony and notified that they have won the award which will be announced on the night.

Lifetime Achievement

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This Award will be announced on the night and cannot be voted for.

An award that will be given to a person who has dedicated their career to supporting and championing the early years sector. This indeed is for a very special individual who has never ceased to put the wellbeing of children and those who care for them first. An independent panel will select the winner and the person chosen will be contacted before the awards ceremony and notified that they have won the award which will be announced on the night.

The criteria for each award can be seen here

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