Call for early years practitioners to enter children's communication awards

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The Hello campaign, the national year of communication, is inviting early years practitioners to enter their Shine a Light 2011 awards, which recognise the exemplary work of individuals and teams in supporting children's communication.

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The awards, run by The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment, aim to ‘shine a light’ on the inspiring work and achievement by the children’s workforce in developing the communication skills of children from birth.

Practitioners can nominate themselves for an award under one of twelve categories, which include ‘Team of the Year’, and awards for Communication Friendly early years settings and schools, and ‘Hello Young Person of the Year’.

To apply, entrants must complete an application form summarising what they do and how their work meets the criteria of the award. Applications will be considered by a panel of judges, which includes Communication Champion Jean Gross and Nursery World’s editor Liz Roberts.

Winners will be invited to the Shine a Light 2011 Hello campaign awards ceremony on 23 November 2011 at Pearson’s head office in London.

Wendy Lee, professional director for The Communication Trust said, ‘The Shine a Light 2011 Hello campaign awards are unique, they are the first and only national awards scheme to focus on children and young people’s communication.

‘By shining a light on the inspiring work that is taking place to support all children’s communication, we can ensure individuals and teams get the recognition they deserve.’

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