Nursery World Awards 2022: the winners revealed


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Bee in the Woods Kindergarten was crowned Nursery of the Year at the Nursery World Awards 2022 last night (24 September) at a glittering ceremony at the Brewery in London. Kindred Nurseries took Nursery Group of the Year, and David Wright won our prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read all the full stories of the winners on our website www.nurseryworld.co.uk/awards  

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NURSERY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by childcare.co.uk

Winner

  • Bee in the Woods Kindergarten, Brighton & Hove
    With awards host Emma-Louise Amanshia and judge Helen Moylett

Highly Commended

  • Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school, Leicester

Finalists

  • Blue Giraffe Childcare, Worcestershire
  • Grass Roots Private Day Nursery, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
  • Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery, Cambridgeshire

NURSERY GROUP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Eden Training Solutions

Winner



Highly Commended

  • Stramash Social Enterprise

Finalists

  • Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery Group
  • Finkley Nurseries
  • Sleepy Hollow Group
  • Stars Day Nurseries
  • Wolds Childcare

 

PRE-SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Polylino

Winner

  • Willowbrook Preschool, Nottingham

Highly Commended

  • Muddy Boots Pre school, Bideford

Finalists

  • Ashby Pre-School Academy, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • The Lime Trees, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire

 

EARLY YEARS IN SCHOOL AWARD

Winner

  • Trinity Primary Academy, London
    With judge Di Chilvers



Highly Commended

  • Penketh South Primary School, Warrington

Finalist

  • Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School, Essex

 

CHILDMINDING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by childcare.co.uk

Winner

  • Cally Smith Childcare, Richmond, North Yorkshire
    With judge Dr Sue Allingham



Highly Commended

  • Julie & Jo’s Childcare, Cambridge


Finalists

  • Bonding School, Crystal Palace, London
  • Titches Childminding, Whitchurch, Hants

 

NURSERY MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Busy Bees

Winner

  • Priya Patel, Inspire Montessori Schools

Highly Commended

  • Katie Duke, Tops Day Nurseries Havant

 

Finalists

  • Steph Mattin-Moss, Nature Den Nursery Ipswich
  • Stacey McMorland, The Nursery at Whitehouse Farm
  • Nicky Willetts, Tops Day Nurseries Wareham

 

NURSERY OPERATIONS/AREA MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Winner

  • Sharon Thompson, Spring by Action For Children
    With judge Jo Caswell



Highly Commended

  • Michelle Gascoigne, Tynemouth Nursery Group

Finalists

  • Catherine Baker, Paint Pots Preschool & Nursery
  • Gemma Fletcher, Kidzrus Group

 

NURSERY PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Childbase Partnership


Winner

  • Beth Cooper, Boston Nursery School


Highly Commended

  • Jojo Chuong, Snapdragons Nurseries

Finalists

  • Lydia Roberts, The Lime Trees
  • Megan Williams, Montessori Minds

 

EARLY YEARS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by SS Educational Services

Winner

  • Jack Bedder, SEND to Learn
    Collected by Nursery World Associate Publisher George Hogg



Finalists

  • Claire Ratcliffe, The Lime Trees
  • Leanne Rowlands, Kids Planet Day Nurseries
  • Skye Stephens, Fit N Fun Kids

 

CHILDMINDER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by childcare.co.uk

Winner

  • Julie Dixon, Julie & Jo’s Childcare
    With judge Rebecca Martland



Finalists

  • Chelsie Orange, The Little Orange House
  • Laura Perfetti, Playhood

 

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by MCW Nursery Support Services

Winner

  • Cheryl Bedding, Aperion Training



Finalists

  • Amy Alderson and Drew Radford, Tops Day Nurseries
  • Dr Mine Conkbayir, Mine Conkbayir Consultancy
  • Trisha Lee, MakeBelieve Arts
  • Liz Pemberton, The Black Nursery Manager
  • Kym Scott, Place to Learn

 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

Sponsored by Treehouse Nursery Schools

Winner

  • Sheila Kaye, Little Chums Nursery



Highly Commended

  • Katie Watson, Northumberland County Council

 

Finalists

  • Mandy Farrar, Diamond Wood Community Academy
  • Carole Henderson, Bright Horizons
  • Ursula Krystek-Walton, Thrive Childcare and Education
  • Alison Owen, Bolton Start Well-Harvey Nursery

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored by Bright Horizons

Winner

  • David Wright, Paint Pots Nurseries
    With John Warren

PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Sponsored by NCFE

Winner

  • Wiggles & Giggles Nursery, Grimethorpe
    Award collected by Nursery World News and Online Editor Catherine Gaunt



Finalist

  • Abacus Ark Nursery School

 

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Sponsored by Fennies Nurseries

Winner

  • The Children’s Kitchen, Bristol



Highly Commended

  • Bright Horizons UK
  • Montessori Minds, Romford, London

Finalists

  • Elmscot Day Nursery, Chester
  • The Old Forge Day Nursery, Findern, Derbyshire
  • Woodlands Day Nursery, Timperley

 

ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS

Winner

  • Ashbridge Nursery Hutton
    With judge Julie Mountain



Highly Commended

  • Busy Bodies Child Care Centre, Ludlow
  • Dandelion Education, Aylsham, Norfolk

Finalist

  • Pebbles Childcare, Worthing

ECO-FRIENDLY EARLY YEARS

Sponsored by Hope

Joint Winners

  • Jayne’s Nursery
  • London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
    The LEYF team



Finalists

  • Childbase Partnership
  • Dandelion Education, Norfolk
  • Holly Grange Montessori Nursery, Lymm

 

WORKING WITH PARENTS

Sponsored by Nursery Story

Joint Winners

  • Elmscot Day Nursery, Chester



Finalists

  • Banana Moon Bromley
  • Traquinas Childcare, Thetford, Norfolk

 

WORKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Sponsored by McQueens Dairies

Winner

  • London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
    With judge Alison Featherbe



Finalist

  • Toddletown Day Nursery, Godalming

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Winner

  • Adventures with Alice, Alice Sharp
    With judge Anna Wright



Finalists

  • Back-Up Care @ Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, Bright Horizons
  • Muddy Explorers, The Oaks Day Nursery
  • Munchkins Nursery
  • Smallville Nursery

 

TEAM DEVELOPMENT

Winner

  • Grass Roots Private Day Nursery, Sowerby Bridge
    With judge Dr Sharon Colliles



Highly Commended

Finalists

  • Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school Group
  • The Nature Den Nursery, Ipswich

 

NURSERY FOOD

Winner

  • Each Peach Childcare, Newhaven
    With judge Edwina Revel



Finalists

  • Imperial College London Early Years
  • Willow Tree Day Nursery, Sale

 

INCLUSIVE PRACTICE

Winner

  • The Nest @ Canterburys
    With judge Neil Leitch



Finalist

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Winner

  • Cherubs Nurseries (could not attend)

Highly Commended

Finalists

  • GNG Nursery
  • St Aubin Roath

 

ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Winner

  • TTS, Nottinghamshire
    With Nursery World Publishing Director Tom Curtiss

Highly Commended

  • The Old Forge Day Nursery, Derby

Finalists

  • Banana Moon Day Nursery, Bromley
  • Eco Babe Private Day Nursery, Sale
  • Traquinas Childcare, Norfolk

 

PROFESSIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR

Winner

  • Playful Mathematics by Helen J Williams, SAGE Publishing
    With judge Penny Tassoni


Highly Commended

  • How to Recognise and Support Mathematical Mastery in Young Children’s Play by Di Chilvers (Ed), Routledge
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Self-regulation in Early Years by Dr Mine Conkbayir, Hallmark Education

Finalists

  • Alphabet Rhyme Time by Michelle Larbey, Learnwell Trading
  • Discover Creativity with Babies by Louise Day, Routledge
  • A Guide to SEND in the Early Years by Kerry Murphy, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Observing Gabby by Cath Arnold, Open University Press/McGraw Hill


See more about the Nursery World Awards at www.nurseryworldawards.com

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