Nursery World Awards: the shortlists revealed

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The judging has taken place, and we're delighted to announce the shortlists for the Nursery World Awards 2014.


There were some really tough decisions to take, from a record number of entries with many inspriring stories to tell. It is a privilege to see the wonderful work going on throughout the early years sector, and a huge achievement to make it to the shortlists.

Tickets for the awards dinner on 27 September at the Brewery, London, will be available early next week - go to or contact



Nursery of the Year

  • Atelier Nursery
  • Blois Meadow Day Nursery
  • Cowgate Under 5s Centre
  • Manor House Nursery School
  • Roundabout Nursery


Pre-School of the Year

  • Gingerbread Pre-School
  • Little Learners Pre-School
  • Magdalen Gates Pre-School
  • Parktown Pre-School
  • Woodlands Pre-school at Manor House Nursery


School Early Years Team

  • No award given


Nursery Chain of the Year

  • Chapter One Childcare
  • Fit n Fun Kids Daycare Nursery
  • London Early Years Foundation
  • Snapdragons
  • Tiny Toez


E Nursery Manager

  • Keri Allen, Sparklers Private Nursery
  • Wendy Feddon, Stone Eden
  • Carolynn Fletcher, Swineshead Pre-School
  • Helen Magan, Bluecoat School
  • Tina Thomson, abc Nursery LLP


Nursery Operations/Regional Manager

  • Lucy Hoban, Kids Planet
  • Sarah Rotundo, Co-operative Childcare
  • Louise Rupchand, Fennies


Early Years Professional/Early Years Teacher

  • Nicola Saunders, Hale Day Nursery
  • Kathryn Learner, Bright Horizons UK


Nursery Practitioner

  • Chloe Amos, Stone Eden
  • Jill Purves, Chapter One Childcare
  • Natalie Jones, Kiddi Caru
  • Sam Laxton, Co-operative Childcare
  • Sarah Lofting, Manor House Nursery School
  • Hannah Reeves, Schools Out (Elmscot Group)
  • Heather Watson, Bright Horizons UK



  • Maisie Collin, Maisie Poppins 
  • Jenny James, Kids Planet
  • Martina Nawrot, Hungry Caterpillar
  • Emma Packer, Fennies



  • Claire Burgess, Norland 
  • Fiona Cann and Sara Sprague, Tots on Tour



  • Maisie Collin, Maisie Poppins
  • Joanne Hall
  • Samantha McKenna


L Outstanding Contribution

  • Mary Barlow, Totem Pole 
  • Sally Forster, Kidzone Cranwell
  • Debbie Lalley, Lark Lane Pre-school
  • Penny Webb



M Provision for Two-Year-Olds

  • Bluecoat School and Nursery
  • Happy Kids Childcare
  • Jeffreys Corner
  • Little Me Day Nurseries
  • Old Station Nursery

Working with Parents

  • Action for Children 
  • Elmscot Group parent workshops
  • Fit N Fun Kids – Young mums will achieve
  • Leicestershire County Council parent play project


Inclusive Practice

  • Booktrust Stories Tour
  • Elvetham Heath SENCo team, Bright Horizons
  • ENCo Handbook, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Stramongate Nursery - The Well Being Initiative


Team Development

  • Clockwork Day Nursery
  • The Hollies
  • Kidzone Cranwell
  • Seymour House
  • Springboard Opportunity Group


Business Development

  • GNG Nursery 
  • Happy Kids Childcare
  • Tootsies


R Nursery Food

  • Hale Day Nursery
  • Snapdragons Nursery
  • Tootsies
  • Triangle House Day Nursery

Enabling Environments

  • Butterfly Den
  • Co-operative Childcare Falmer
  • Elmscot Day Nursery
  • Kids Planet Wow Factors
  • Swineshead Pre-School
  • Tall Trees Kindergarten
  • Teasel Nursery School-on-the-Marina



  • Elmscot Group 
  • Little Me Day Nurseries
  • Micklands Pre-school
  • Paint Pots Preschool and Nursery


Community Support

  • Bright Horizons Foundation
  • Fit n Fun Kids
  • Tootsies



  • No award

Three to Fives

  • Beleduc Farmyard Hand Puppet Set 
  • Community Playthings Playframe
  • Playforce Early Years Scrambler Sets
  • Totem Pole Awe and Wonder (Fairies)


Staff resources

  • Bookstart Corner Two-Year-Old pack
  • Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners, Sally Neaum, Sage
  • Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years, Iram Siraj and Elaine Hallet, Sage
  • Effective Assessment in the EYFS, Jan Dubiel, Sage
  • Playing and Learning Outdoors, Jan White, Routledge
  • The Power of Physical Play, Siren

Best of luck, everybody!

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