Winners of the Nursery World Awards 2015

The waiting is over, and on a fantastic night of celebration, the winners of the Nursery World Awards 2015 were revealed.

Host Barney Harwood of Blue Peter conducted the ceremony at the Brewery in London, and the dancing and celebrating went on late into the night.


Little Barn Owls Nursery & Farm School has been named as Nursery World’s Nursery of the Year 2015.

The setting, based in Horsham – West Sussex, was announced as the winner of Nursery of the Year at the eighth annual Nursery World awards, held at the Brewery in London this evening (26 September).

Nursery World’s Lifetime Achievement award went to independent educational consultant and early years specialist Marion Dowling.

The award winners are:

Nursery of the Year


Winner - Little Barn Owls Nursery & Farm School (sponsored by, with judge Penny Tassoni)

Finalists - Advantage Day Nursery; First Steps Children's Nursery Rathvilly School; Little Learners Childcare


Pre-School of the Year


Winner - Magdalen Gates Pre-School (with judge Neil Leitch of Pre-school Learning Alliance)

Highly commended – Little Franche Nursery, Little Franche Community Primary School

Finalists - Benhall Pre-School; Jenniflowers Pre-School Nursery; Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery; Stone Eden Nursery School


Nursery Chain of the Year


Winner - First Steps Children’s Nursery Group (with sponsor Paul Harris of Early Years Direct)

Highly commended – Mulberry Bush Nursery Group; Snapdragons Nurseries

Finalists - Growing Places Community Childcare Centres; Naturally Learning; Paint Pots Pre-School & Nursery


School Early Years Team of the Year


Winner – Franche Community Primary School, Kidderminster (with judge Beatrice Merrick of Early Education)

Finalist - Stamford Bridge Primary School


Nursery Manager of the Year


Winner –James Crosswell, Kids Allowed, Stockport (sponsored by Primary Site, with Chrissy Dodman)

Highly commended – Jane Bulmer, Franche Community Primary School, Kidderminster; Steph Rogerson, Sparklers Private Day Nursery, Gretna

Finalists - Heather Goode, Pear Tree Nursery; David Lord, Kiddi Caru Day Nursery, Torquay


Nursery Operations/Regional Manager of the Year


Winner - Charlotte Eavis Wix, Toad Hall Nursery Group (with judge June O'Sullivan of LEYF)

Highly commended – Kate Reed, First Steps Children’s Nursery Group

Finalist - John Warren, Fennies Nurseries


Early Years Professional/Early Years Teacher of the Year


Winner – Jessica Curbishley, Woodlands Day Nursery (with Lucy Bradshaw of Nursery World Jobs and her manager)

Highly Commended - Joy Homersham, Elmscot Day Nursery

Finalist - Hannah Birchall, Kids Planet Beamont


Nursery Practitioner of the Year


Winner –Jenna Holloway, Elmscot Day Nursery (with judge John Warren of Fennies)

Highly commended – Margaret Kelly, Seabrook Day Nursery, Childbase Partnership

Finalists - Jo Berry, Kidzone Cranwell; Julie Caddick, Kids Planet Beamont; Georgia Garraway, Guinea Lane Nursery; Tim Graham, Snapdragons Nurseries; Hayley Morris, Montessori People


Newcomer of the Year


Winner – Emma Scott, Pear Tree Nursery (with Ravi Chandiramani of MA Education)

Highly commended – Kayleigh Willows, Kiddi Caru Day Nursery, Plympton

Finalists - Jacqueline Bracewell, Bright Horizons Mansion House; Zulakah Quershi, Hungry Caterpillar, West Twyford


Trainer of the Year


Winner – Anne Horn, Southend Adult Community College (sponsored by CACHE, with Julie Hyde)

Highly commended – Sarah Olley, Montessori Centre International

Finalists - Gill Springer, Professional Training Solutions & LEYF; Helen Vickery, Professional Training Solutions


Childminder of the Year


Winner – Sharon Collier (sponsored by, with judge Jane Comeau of PACEY)

Finalist - May Collin, Maisie Poppins Childcare


Outstanding Contribution


Winner – Carolynn Fletcher, Swineshead Pre-School (with MA Education's Matt Govett)

Finalist - Cindy Morgan, Creswick Pre-School


Lifetime Achievement


Winner - Marion Dowling (with Lesley Curtis of Everton Nursery School and Family Centre)


Provision for Two-Year-Olds


Winner – Kidspiration Childcare and Education (with judge Nancy Stewart)

Finalists - Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries; Swineshead Pre-School


Working with Parents


Joint winners – Sparklers Parent Mentoring Programme, St Paul’s Community Development Trust (above with judge Jane Harrison of Red Hen Day Nursery)


Joint winner - HMP Styal Mother and Baby Unit, Action for Children

Highly commended – Kidzone Cranwell; Springboard Saturdads, Springboard Opportunity Group, Chippenham

Finalist - Stone Eden Nursery School


Inclusive Practice


Winner – Achieving Early, Achievement for All (with judge Mary Dickins)

Highly commended – Allens Croft Children’s Centre

Finalists - Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries; Prime Time Programme for Vulnerable Two-Year-Olds, Lincolnshire Birth to Five Service


Team Development


Winner – Dukes and Duchesses, Liverpool (sponsored by BunkCot, with MAG's Ben Allen)

Highly commended – Kidzone Cranwell; Training Depot Day Nursery


Business Development


Winner – Jenniflowers Childcare (with judge Catriona Nason of NEYTCo)

Finalists - Fennies Day Nurseries; Tiddlywinks Day Nursery


Nursery Food


Winner – Elmscot Day Nursery (sponsored by Kellogg's, with Alexa Hoyland)

Highly commended – Kidzone Cranwell;  Meadows Children’s Nursery; Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery


Enabling Environments


Winner – Little Barn Owls Nursery & Farm School (sponsored by Early Years Resources, with Payman Mostaan)

Highly commended – Dukes and Duchesses

Finalists - Acorn Day Nursery; Nature to Nurture; Sunbeams Day Nursery


Online and social media



Winner – Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries (with judge Kate Tyler of Shake Social)

Highly commended – Child’s Play Private Nursery

Finalists - Acorn Childcare; Dizzy Ducks Day Nurseries; London Early Years Foundation


Community Support


Winner - The Co-operative Childcare Newburn Nursery (with Nursery World's Rachael Sarson)

Finalist - London Early Years Foundation


Equipment and Resources: Birth to Fives


Winner – Play Collection, Community Playthings (with judge Nicole Weinstein)

Highly commended – TickiT Sensory Flashing Glitter Balls, Commotion; TickiT Silver Sensory Reflective Balls, Commotion


Equipment and Resources: Staff Resources


Winner – iConnect and ParentZone, Connect Childcare (with Nursery World's Ruth Thomson)

Finalists - NurseryBook; Toy Box Talks, Noel Quinn


Equipment and Resources: Professional Books


Winner – Foundations of Child Development Series, various authors, Routledge (with judge Julie Coackley of Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children's Centre)

Highly commended – 100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Outdoor Play, Julie Mountain, Bloomsbury

Finalists - Continuous Provision: the skills, Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Bloomsbury; Time to Move, Trudi Fitzhenry and Karen Murphy, Bloomsbury


Entertainment from the Black Eagles


Nursery World editor Liz Roberts




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