NMT Nursery Agenda North

The NMT Nursery Agenda will be heading back to Leeds on 25th April 2017. This popular event uses a well-proven and much appreciated formula to offer nursery owners, managing directors and operations directors, as well as organisations providing products and services to the nursery sector, the opportunity to meet and decide whether they wish to do business together. The event also offered those attending the chance to update themselves on the key issues in the nursery sector and meet some of the leading personalities.

This will be at no cost to nurseries!

The programme will include:

  • Meetings between providers and suppliers
  • An interactive Hot Topics conference session with Q&As
  • Single room overnight accommodation and breakfast.

A key feature of NMT Nursery Agenda is the pre-arranged provider/supplier meetings lasting 15 minutes, which will all take place in a single large meeting area. The suppliers will have designated tables/locations while the nurseries circulate between them. Each supplier can expect to have 15 meetings, while the nurseries may have less.




If you are a nursery owner / managing director / operations director and would like to attend this unique event, or if you are a supplier and would like to book space or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com

Providers confirmed to date:

  1. 1st Safari Day Nurseries Ltd  – 5 settings, sending both directors
  2. Ashworth View & Heaton Park View Nursery – 2 settings, sending director
  3. Bertram Nursery Group – 37 settings, sending Managing Director & Head of Early Years
  4. Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre – 1 setting, sending Operations Manager & Quality and Practice Manager
  5. Brighter Beginnings Day Nursery Ltd – 10 settings, sending Nursery Director & Company Owner
  6. Brooklands Childcare Ltd – 5 settings, sending Operations Manager
  7. Childs Play, Claremont Nursery Co-operative Ltd – 1 setting, sending Nursery Manager
  8. Cliffe House – sending TBC
  9. Dunky’s Day Nurseries – 4 settings, sending Director & Senior Manager
  10. Evolution Childcare – 6 franchise settings, sending UK Franchise Director & TBC
  11. Funcare Ltd & Funclubs Ltd – 3 + 5 before/after school clubs, sending 2 Directors
  12. Jesmond Nursery – 2 settings, sending Principal
  13. Just Childcare Limited – 35 settings, sending CEO & COO
  14. Kaleidoscope Day Nurseries Ltd – 4 settings and 3 stand alone out of school clubs, sending MD & Operations Manager
  15. Kids Allowed – 6 settings + 2 in development, sending CEO & Finance Director
  16. Kids Planet – 18 settings, sending Chief Executive & TBC
  17. Kids Zone Nurseries – 6 settings, sending Company Director & Child Development Manager
  18. Le Monde Petit Ltd – 3 settings, sending Chairman & Managing Director
  19. Leap Ahead Nurseries – sending TBC
  20. Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nurseries – 4 settings, sending MD and Founder & Director
  21. Monton Village Nursery School LTD & Clarendon Cottage School LTD – 2 settings, sending 2 Company Directors
  22. Mulberry Bush Nursery Group – 5 settings, sending Director/Owner & TBC
  23. Northumbria University Nursery Ltd – 1 setting, sending Executive Childcare Manager & Nursery Operational Manager
  24. Paper Moon Day Nurseries – 8 settings, sending Business Manager & Area Manager
  25. Playdays Daycare Nursery Ltd – 1 setting, sending 2 Directors
  26. Polly Anna’s Day Nursery – 1 setting, sending 2 Nursery Owners
  27. Poppy & Jacks Limited – 6 settings, sending Managing Director & Area Manager
  28. Portico Day Nurseries – sending TBC
  29. Primley Park Children’s Nurseries Limited – 4 settings, sending Managing Director & Finance Director
  30. Rosy Apple Childcare Ltd – 5 settings, sending Managing Director & CEO
  31. Shine Childcare Ltd – 3 settings, sending 2 Directors
  32. Sunbeams Day Nursery – 4 settings, sending 2 Nursery Directors, Operations Manager & EYFS Manager
  33. The Sunflower Group – 3 settings, sending CEO
  34. Tinies Childcare North West – 5 settings, sending Director
  35. Twinkles Nurseries – 6 sending Quality Manager & General Manager
  36. Village Nursery Group – 6 settings, sending Director & Ops Director
  37. WMB Childcare Limited –  4 settings, sending Operations Director, Area Manager & Nursery Manager

Suppliers confirmed to date:

  1. Blossom Educational
  2. Community Playthings
  3. Connect Childcare
  4. daynurseries.co.uk
  5. dot2dot
  6. Early Years Direct
  7. ERIC
  8. eyLog
  9. Famly
  10. FirstSteps Software
  11. Hope Education
  12. Lifetime Training
  13. Millhouse Manufacturing & Design
  14. Morton Michel
  15. Ontex Healthcare – Freelife by Bebecash
  16. Redwoods Dowling Kerr – Main Sponsor
  17. Route 2 Education Technology
  18. Shout Aloud
  19. The Consortium Early Years
  20. The Learning Escape by TG Escapes
  21. The Service Directory
  22. Timotay Playscapes
  23. TTS Group Ltd
  24. Wesco
  25. YPO
  26. Creative Play

Sponsors confirmed to date:

  • Main Sponsor – Redwoods Dowling Kerr




  • Dinner Sponsor – Route 2 Education Technology




  • Raffle Sponsors – Blossom Educational, Connect Childcare & Community Playthings
    (more Raffle Sponsorship’s available)





  • Drinks Reception Sponsor – Available
  • Cheese Tasting Sponsor – Available

If you are a supplier and would like to book space or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com


Last year….

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Success in the north

Directors and senior managers from across the region streamed into Oulton Hall in Leeds, for the much-anticipated Nursery Agenda North in April. The consensus was it exceeded all expectations.

Of course, a major attraction was, as always, the short, timed sessions with suppliers. But, in common with all the Agendas nationwide and in Scotland, this event really hit the networking spot. Lively conversation characterised the day – from registration, through the buffet lunch right up to the drinks reception and dinner.

Legal Q&A

All of this came free. And free too was expert advice from Stephensons Solicitors LLP, our special guests at the Q&A session. Partner, Rachel Adamson, outlined the major problems facing nurseries that could require legal support:

• Ofsted compliance, a real issue now that providers are reporting disproportionate reactions to minor breaches particularly in safeguarding

• the possibility of committing an offence that could lead to a caution and even prosecution – and the weight an Ofsted inspector’s evidence has

• what to do if you are cautioned.

She then outlined how to protect your business in advance and what to do after the event.


The response

Jackie Hyde, who chaired the session, asked people to raise their hands if they would like advice and help on these issues included in their insurance packages. There was a majority for yes.

Potential benefits

Jackie explained how the event came about:
“Recently what has stood out is concerns around Ofsted inspections and the financial impact this was having on nursery businesses. When we were approached directly by a client to find legal support to challenge Ofsted, Stephensons Solicitors were an obvious partner.
“The next step was to get to the heart of the problem by speaking to other nursery owners and managers. The response we received from delegates in the Hot Topics session has been very positive and invaluable to us. We now look forward to further discussions with Stephensons and dot2dot insurers to take this concept further.”

Feedback on the day

So, what did the delegates think of the day overall, which, as usual, included a free overnight stay and meals? Jenna Caldwell and Jayne Haynes from Treetops Nurseries, enthused: “What a vibrant and informative day this has been. We are so glad we attended and will definitely be back!”
Lesley and Dave Pollitt from Cosy Toes Nursery were particularly impressed by the digital products, loved the setting and thought the event was “well organised but informal – which is perfect”.

Mega raffles

Even more delighted were the raffle winners. Nick and Anthea Porter from 1st Safari Day Nurseries won a year’s subscription to eyMan, the new management software package produced by the eyLog team to complement their educational software.

As pleased were Lesley Maughan and Yona Smith from Tots ‘n’ Tykes, who won an Outlast set from Community Playthings, an outdoor construction and climbing kit that, as the name suggests, is virtually indestructible.
A big thank you to:
Redwoods Dowling Kerr, the overall sponsor
Stephensons, who sponsored the drinks reception
dot2dot, who sponsored the dinner



Nursery groups who attended were…

  • Mulberry Bush
  • Kids Allowed
  • Twinkles Nurseries
  • Brighter Beginnings
  • Primley Park Nurseries
  • Monton Village Nursery & Clarendon Prep-School & Nursery
  • Kids Planet
  • Kaleidoscope Day Nursery
  • Paper Moon Nurseries
  • 1st Safari Day Nurseries Ltd
  • Swineshead Pre-School Centre
  • Funcare Ltd
  • NHD Ltd
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Evolution Childcare
  • For Under Fives
  • Tiddlywinks Day Nursery Ltds
  • Tots n Tykes Ltd
  • Sunflower Group
  • Children’s Corner Childcare
  • Heywood Early Years
  • Dunkys Day Nurseries
  • Lancashire Childcare/Le Petit Monde Ltd
  • Tinies Childcare Nurseries
  • Cliffe House Day
  • Cosy Toes Childcare Ltd
  • Bright Start Day Nurseries (Hull) Ltd
  • Birkbees Nurseries
  • Treetops
  • Rosy Apple Childcare
  • Stepping Stones Creche (N.Ireland)
  • Boat House Day Nursery
  • Children’s Place Day Nurseries
  • Sunbeams Ltd
  • Portico Day Nurseries
  • Just Childcare

Suppliers who attended were…

  • Shout Aloud
  • Dot2Dot
  • Early Years Direct
  • Digital Nursery
  • Timotay
  • TTS Group
  • Redwoods Dowling Kerr – Main Sponsor
  • Millhouse
  • Gompels
  • Findel/Hope Education
  • First Steps
  • EyLog
  • The Consortium Early Years
  • Community Playthings
  • TG Escapes
  • daynurseries.co.uk
  • Wesco
  • Pepper Stacey Ltd
  • Connect Childcare
  • Butterfly Print
  • T4Kids
  • The Service Directory
  • YPO
  • BNG Training
  • Famly


  • Redwoods Dowling Kerr – Main Sponsor
  • Dot2Dot – Dinner Sponsor
  • Stephensons’ Solicitors LLP – Drinks Reception Sponsor

If you are a nursery owner / managing director / operations director and would like to attend a Nursery Agenda, or, if you are a supplier and would like to book space or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com