Nursery World Awards 2017: the shortlists revealed

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The scores are in, and it’s time to unveil the shortlists for the Nursery World Awards 2017


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 2017 should go through to the shortlist.

Our finalists must now wait until the Awards evening on 23 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

  • Dandelion Education, Norfolk
  • Dukes and Duchesses Nursery and Forest School, Liverpool
  • Little Forest Folk, London
  • Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery, York
  • Little Jungle Nursery, London


Pre-School of the Year

  • Kings Preschool, Byfleet
  • Little Marlow Pre-School, Marlow
  • Nature to Nurture, Liverpool
  • Noah’s Ark Playgroup, Northampton


Nursery Group of the Year

  • The Cheshire Day Nursery Group
  • Cranley Nurseries
  • Happy Days Nurseries
  • Kids Allowed
  • Kids Planet Day Nurseries
  • Mon Ami Children’s Nurseries



Nursery Manager of the Year

  • Anjali Deb-Mukherjee, LEYF House of Commons Nursery
  • Amy Devine, Holyrood Astley, Bertram Nursery Group
  • Karen Duff, Tiny Toez@Cannock Chase
  • Joan Jobe, Kings Park Nursery, Portico Nursery Group
  • Rachael Richards, The Cheshire Day Nursery@Winwick


Nursery Operations / Regional Manager of the Year

  • Sarah Fillingham, Portico Nursery Group
  • Nicola Hood, Children’s Corner Childcare
  • Kristina Johnson, Mon Ami Children’s Nurseries
  • Gemma Hughes, Just Childcare


Early Years Professional/Early Years Teacher of the Year

  • Alexandra Chiorando, Elmscot Day Nursery
  • Katie Walmsley, The Poppins Family


Nursery Practitioner of the Year

  • Ami Mahon, Elmscot Day Nursery
  • Lucy Jakeways, Busy Bees Nursery, Kettering
  • Nicole Kingston, Dizzy Ducks Day Nurseries
  • Chris Withington, Kiddi Caru Day Nursery, Torquay


Newcomer of the Year

  • Liam Bartlett, Little Forest Folk
  • Abbie Hendry, Rainbow Corner Nursery School
  • Kate Morris, Dukes and Duchesses
  • David Trillo, Little Forest Folk


Trainer of the Year

  • Rebecca Martland and Alison Featherbe, Minding the Gap
  • Sue Nichols, Professional Training Solutions
  • Marie Richardson, Experiential Play


Childminder of the Year

  • Shortlist TBC


Outstanding Contribution

  • Elaine Mercer, St Albans Pre-School
  • Janet Ward, Holmsdale Manor Nursery



Working with Parents Award

  • #Get Basall Heath Reading, St Paul’s Community Development Trust
  • Midlothian Sure Start
  • Time 2 Engage, Marner Primary School


Inclusive Practice

  • Elmscot Day Nursery, Altrincham
  • Unique. Special. Me, South Hills Nursery Group


Team Development Award

  • Cranley Nursery, 3 Becomes 4, Edinburgh
  • Honey Pot Nurseries, Liverpool
  • Kids Allowed, Ten out of Ten, Manchester
  • Kids Planet Beamont


Early Years Launch of the Year

  • Fireflies Nursery, Smethwick
  • Lime Tree Nursery, Rotherham
  • Twinkles Oxford Place, Leeds


Nursery Food Award

  • Coin Street Community Builders, London
  • Honey Pot Nurseries, Liverpool
  • Kids Planet Greenbank Park, Liverpool
  • The Mulberry Bush, Southampton


Enabling Environments Award

  • The Cheshire Day Nursery Kindergarten@Latchford, Warrington
  • Dandelion Education, Norfolk
  • Gigglers Day Nursery, Bolton
  • Holyrood Astley, Bertram Nursery Group, Manchester
  • South Hills Nursery, Wilton
  • Stramongate Nursery, flood recovery garden, Kendal


Online and Social Media Award

  • Little Forest Folk, London
  • Mama Bear’s Day Nursery, Bristol
  • Twinkles Nurseries, Knaresborough


Community Support

  • The Co-operative Childcare, Walsall Wood, Warwick
  • Eureka! Nursery, Halifax
  • Norland College, Helping Hands, Supporting Families in Crisis, Bath
  • St George’s Community Children’s Project, Tunbridge Wells


Health and Well-being

  • Bertram Nursery Group, Physical Development Stars Network
  • Dandelion Education, Feel well, Think well, Learn well, Norfolk
  • George Perkins Day Nursery, Building Healthy Lives, Birmingham
  • Little Forest Folk, London
  • London Borough of Newham, Newham Outdoors and Active



Equipment and Resources: Birth to Fives

  • Cubetto, Primo Toys
  • Hide & Seek Maths, Play to Z
  • Outlast Cascade, Community Playthings
  • Play cards for the home environment, Pre-school Learning Alliance


Equipment and Resources: Staff Resources

  • The Foodtalk Game, Focus Games
  • Places to Play Every Day, Herts for Learning
  • SMARTpd, Pre-school Learning Alliance
  • Will you be my friend?, Bloomsbury Education


Equipment and Resources: Online Resources

  • Blossom online learning journey platform, Blossom Educational
  • Flick e-learning subscription
  • Kinderly


Equipment and Resources: Professional Books

  • Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care by Iram Siraj, Denise Kingston and Edward Melhuish, Trentham Books, UCL IoE Press
  • Developing School Readiness by Kathryn Peckham, Sage Publications
  • Early Childhood and Neuroscience by Mine Conkbayir, Bloomsbury
  • The Nursery Year in Action by Anna Ephgrave, Routledge
  • Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections by Julian Grenier, Sage Publications



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

  • Early Years Direct
  • nasen
  • Prospect
  • The Consortium Early Years
  • Route2Education
  • Community Playthings – charity raffle sponsor

And to:

  • Home-Start – our charity partner
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