Nursery World Awards 2016 - Through to the final

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The judges have spoken, and we can unveil the shortlist for the Nursery World Awards 2016


Our eminent panel of judges from across the early years sector spent a day of debate, discussion and deliberation to decide which of our entries for the Nursery World Awards 2016 should go through to the shortlist.

Our finalists must now wait until the Awards evening on 24 September at the Brewery in London, when the winners will be revealed.

Well done to all the entrants – there was a very high standard of submissions.


Nursery of the Year

  • Atelier Nursery, Bath
  • Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, Crieff
  • Dukes and Duchesses, Liverpool
  • High House Nursery, Bishop’s Stortford
  • Little Forest Folk, London

Pre-School of the Year

  • Jack and Jill Pre-School, Brimstage
  • New View Nursery, Horsham
  • Quackers, York
  • Shamley Green Montessori Pre-school, Guildford
  • Swineshead Pre-school Centre, Swineshead
  • Tiddlywinks Pre-School, Leyland

School Early Years Team of the Year

  • Carterhatch Infant School, London
  • Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Liverpool
  • Friars Primary School and Nursery, Southend-on-Sea

Nursery Chain of the Year

  • Children 1st Day Nurseries
  • Elmscot Group
  • Kids 1st Nurseries
  • Kids Planet Day Nurseries
  • London Early Years Foundation
  • Mulberry Bush Nursery Group
  • Paint Pots Nurseries


Nursery Manager of the Year

  • Tracey Brett, Willows Day Nusery, Childbase Partnership
  • Rebecca Casserly, Little Green Rascals, York
  • Debbie Gunn, The Natural Childcare Company, Solihull
  • Michelle Randle, Maple Leaf Day Care, Digby
  • Liz Thomson, Hill City Day Nursery, WMB Childcare, Manchester

Nursery Operations/Regional Manager of the Year

  • James Crosswell, Kids Allowed
  • Catherine Denyer, Mama Bears Day Nursery
  • Kristina Johnson, Mon Ami Children’s Nurseries
  • Andrea Moore, 4Children
  • Chris Roblett, Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries

Early Years Professional/Early Years Teacher of the Year

  • Amanda Boocock, Little Green Rascals, York
  • Sarah Fillingham, Portico Day Nurseries
  • Laura Maguire, Dukes and Duchesses, Liverpool

Nursery Practitioner of the Year

  • Emma Austin, Finchfield Nursery, The Co-operative Childcare
  • Emma Burns, Kids Planet Beamont, Warrington
  • Karen Elliott, Maple Leaf Day Care, Digby
  • Magda Gaplinska, Bright Horizons Crouch End
  • Kate Hubbert, Bright Horizons Elsie Inglis, Edinburgh
  • Faye Pagan, Kids Planet, The House, Crosby

Newcomer of the Year

  • Laura Cox, Kids Planet, The House, Crosby
  • Olivia Shirley, Barfield School, Farnham


Trainer of the Year

  • Sophie Adams, Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention
  • Gillian Farren, Leicestershire Nutrition & Dietetic Service
  • Michelle Mitchell, PACEY
  • Rebecca Ralph, Kids Allowed

Childminder of the Year

  • May Collin, Maisie Poppins Childcare, London
  • Sharon Froggatt, Little Frogs, Lincolnshire
  • Rebecca Lihou, Somerset
  • Katrina Mathers, Oxfordshire

Outstanding Contribution

  • Rashada Bashir, Kids Around the Clock, Manchester
  • Margaret Mason, Children 1st Day Nurseries
  • Rachel Parish, Willow Set Pre-school, Stoke St Gregory
  • Tricia Pritchard, Voice the Union


Provision for Two-year-olds

  • 4Children, Riverbank Nursery, Stockton
  • Daisy Chain Pre-School, Leeds
  • South Hills Nurseries, Salisbury
  • Wellies, Horncastle

Working with Parents

  • Little Darling Childcare, Harrow
  • Mama Bear’s Day Nursery, Paignton
  • Polbeth Nursery, West Lothian
  • Leicester Big Cook, Little Cook

Inclusive Practice

  • Achieving Early, Achievement for All, Newbury
  • Action for Children, HMP Newhall Mother & Baby Unit
  • Allexton Day Nursery, Leicester

Team Development

  • Childbase Partnership, Graduate Leader Scheme
  • London Early Years Foundation
  • Quackers, York

Business Development

  • Bright Horizons, Cisco Early Years Nursery and Preschool, Middlesex
  • Little Bears Children’s Day Nursery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • The Wendy House Day Nursery, Foundation Unit, Birmingham


Nursery Food

  • Clockwork Day Nursery, Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Honey Pot Day Nurseries, Liverpool
  • Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School, Huddersfield
  • Redcliffe Children’s Centre and Nursery School, Bristol

Enabling Environments

  • First Steps Forest School, Birmingham
  • Little Forest Folk, London
  • Quackers, York
  • Thames Tiddlers, London

Online and Social Media

  • Childcare East Midlands
  • Daisy Chain Pre-School, Daisy Chain Childcare, Leeds
  • Fennies Day Nurseries and Pre-Schools
  • Little Forest Folk, south-west London

Community Support

  • Dukes and Duchesses, Liverpool
  • MTO Nursery, London


Health and Well-being

  • Bridgewater Primary School Well-Being Team, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • The Children’s Sleep Charity
  • Hopes and Dreams Montessori School, London
  • Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service
  • Red Hen Day Nursery, Lincolnshire



Birth to Fives

  • MyPod, Eden Play
  • Outlast Blocks and Bench/Crates, Community Playthings
  • Tactile Tower Collection, Play to Z
  • TickiT Acrylic Block Set, Commotion
  • Whizzy Dizzy, Commotion

Staff Resources

  • Chatterbox Challenge, ICAN
  • Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning (EFICL) Pathways to Excellence Toolkit, Kent County Council
  • The ItKit, Learning and Training Consultancy
  • LearningBook
  • Learning Journal, OneFile
  • Magnetic Radiator Covers, Radwraps

Professional Books

  • Encouraging Physical Development Through Movement Play, Carol Archer and Iram Siraj. Sage
  • Every Child a Mover: A practical guide to providing young children with the physical opportunities they need, Jan White. Early Education
  • Little Birdsong Music Books
  • Reducing Educational Disadvantage: A Strategic Approach in the Early Years, Penny Tassoni. Bloomsbury
  • What To Expect, When?, 4Children


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Many thanks to all our sponsors, who make the awards possible








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