Nursery World Awards 2019: the shortlist is revealed

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See who’s made the shortlist from the huge number of high-quality entries that we received for the 2019 Nursery World Awards.


2018 Nursery Group of the Year: Paint Pots

Our expert judges from across the early years sector spent a day of debate, discussion and deliberation to decide who should go through to the shortlist.

Our finalists must now wait until the Awards evening on 28 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

Sponsored by 

  • Lambeth College Nursery, Clapham
  • Spring Bensham, Spring by Action for Children, Gateshead
  • Sunbeams Day Nursery, Leeds
  • Worcester Early Years Centre, Worcestershire
  • Young Friends Nursery and Nature School, Hove


Pre-School of the Year

  • Cullompton Pre School, Cullompton
  • Enya’s Childcare, Peterborough
  • Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids, Falmouth
  • KidsStop, Northampton
  • Nature to Nurture, Liverpool
  • Puddleduck Preschool, Windsor


Early Years in School Award

  • Gateways School, Leeds
  • The Mulberry House School, London
  • St Paul’s Primary School, Kingston Hill, London


Nursery Group of the Year

Sponsored by Christie & Co

  • Kids Allowed, north-west
  • Kids Planet, north-west
  • The Little Learners Montessori, south-east
  • Sleepy Hollow Group, Northern Ireland
  • South Hills School, south-west
  • Stramash Social Enterprise, Scotland
  • Tiddlywinks Day Nursery, north west


Childminding Business of the Year

Sponsored by

  • Debbie Watling, Huntingdon
  • Julie & Jo’s Childcare, Cambridge


Nursery Manager of the Year

Sponsored by Wizard Staff Solutions

  • Victoria Alter, Alyth Kindergarten, London
  • Ginny Andreas, Little Adventurers, Upminster
  • Sarah Presswood, George Perkins Day Nursery, Birmingham
  • Danielle Riley, Woodlands Day Nursery, Elmscot Group, Timperley
  • Michael Takacs, Daisy Chain Bebington, Birkenhead
  • Audrey Willoughby, the Rocking Horse Nursery, London


Nursery Operations/Regional Manager of the Year

  • Amy Alderson, Tops Day Nurseries, south
  • Michelle Gascoigne, Tynemouth Nursery Group, north east
  • Dawn Gibbons, Sunflower Group, north west


Early Years Teacher of the Year

  • Hannah Lakin, Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock
  • Gemma Parker, Kids Planet Warrington
  • Rebecca Sanderson, Tynemouth Nursery, North Shields
  • Rachel Shevill, Zone4Kids at Whitley Lodge, Tynemouth Nursery Group, Tyne and Wear


Nursery Practitioner of the Year

Sponsored by Hope Education

  • Kelly Burchell, Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock
  • Sofina Choudhury, Hale Day Nursery, Elmscot Group, Altrincham
  • Jenna Dempsey, YMCA Fairthorne Manor Nursery, Southampton
  • Mellie Edgar, Tiddlywinks Day Nursery, Bury
  • Lauren O'Brien, Woodlands Day Nursery, Elmscot Group, Altrincham
  • Tessa Winters, Stramash Tornagrain, Inverness


Newcomer of the Year

  • Charlotte Atkins, Cherubs Longdale, Nottingham
  • Connor Keaney, Bright Minds Daycare, Birmingham
  • Georgina Wright, Kiddi Caru Caldecotte, Milton Keynes


Trainer of the Year

Sponsored by CACHE

  • Kate Bickley, Children 1st Day Nurseries, Midlands and South Yorkshire
  • Samantha Laxton, the Co-operative Childcare, UK-wide
  • Gill Mason, Kids Planet Day Nurseries, north west


Childminder of the Year

Sponsored by

  • Katherine Cooling-Smith, Kayte’s House, Colchester
  • Debbie Watling, Huntingdon


Nanny of the Year

Sponsored by BAPN/Nannytax

  • Lisa Burgin
  • Michelle Cusack
  • Brigitte Day
  • Sally Stimson
  • Elisabeth Watts


Outstanding Contribution

  • Elaine Hargrave, Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock
  • Teresa Lascelles, St George’s Childcare, Tunbridge Wells


Working with Parents

  • BHT Early Education and Training, Talking Together (a Better Start Bradford project)
  • Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids, Young Mums Will Achieve, Falmouth
  • Langtry Nursery, London Borough of Camden, Working with fathers and male carers initiatives


Inclusive Practice

  • Randolph Beresford Nursery School & Children’s Centre, London
  • Trafford Council and Trafford Speech and Language Therapy Service, Trafford Giving Voice Accreditation Award, Manchester
  • Tuffkid Nursery, London


  • Team Development
  • Honey Pot Day Nurseries, Liverpool
  • Northumberland Country Council with Northumbria University, Northumberland Early Years Professionals Network
  • Sunbeams Day Nursery, Enhanced Quality Training and Video Blogs Program, Leeds


Nursery Food

  • Spring Cedars and Beacon, Spring by Action for Children, Exeter
  • Townhouse Nursery, Village Nursery Group, Stoke-on-Trent


Enabling Environments

Sponsored by YPO

  • Brambles Preschool, Salisbury
  • Beatle Woods, Holistic Enabling Environment, Coventry
  • Holmsdale Manor Nursery, forest school, Ibstock
  • London Early Years Foundation, Soho Family Centre Nursery, London
  • South Acton Nursery School & Children’s Centre, Freddie the car, London
  • Sunbeams Day Nursery, loose parts play, Leeds
  • Your Nursery, Preschool fun: a room as the third teacher, Manchester


Online and Social Media

  • 22 Street Lane Nursery, Leeds
  • Bright Minds Daycare, Birmingham
  • Cherubs Nurseries, East Midlands
  • The Co-operative Childcare, UK-wide
  • Each Peach Childcare and Each Peach Forest School, Hove
  • New Beginnings Day Nursery, London
  • Stramash Social Enterprise, Scotland


Community Support

  • Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids, Falmouth
  • Cherubs Nurseries, East Midlands
  • GNG Nursery, Birmingham


Health and Wellbeing

  • Early Start Education, Shrewsbury and Susan Lawrence Nurseries, supervised toothbrushing programme, Newham
  • George Perkins Day Nursery, Building Healthy Families, Birmingham
  • Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock
  • Honey Pot Nurseries, staff well-being, Liverpool
  • Little Adventurers Nursery, healthy lifestyles, Upminster
  • School Improvement Liverpool, Keep Moving, Keep Learning, Keep Healthy


Working with Babies and Toddlers

  • East Sussex County Council, ‘Interacting with Babies (0-18 months)’ collaborative research project
  • The Old Forge Day Nursery, Baby Room Project, Derby


Book your tickets for the ceremony at Early bird rate until Friday 23 August.


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