Scottish Nursery Awards 2019


The 6th Scottish NMT Nursery Awards returned to the Hilton Glasgow for another year on Friday 30th August for the celebration of the year! Our finalists, judges, sponsors and their guests got dressed up to the nines to recognise and reward excellence in the Scottish early years sector. We are so proud of everyone involved!
See below for photos of the evening!


 2019 Winners:

Nursery Training & Development Award 2019

  • Inverness College UHI Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Individual Nursery Award 2019

  • Acrewood Nursery & Woody’s After School Club

Nursery Indoor Learning Environment Award 2019

  • First Steps Nursery

Nursery Team Award 2019

  • Lullaby Lane Nurseries

Forest School / Kindergarten Award 2019

  • The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery

Nursery Manager Award 2019

  • Lynne Mackenzie, Riverside Childcare Ltd

Nursery Area Manager / Operations Manager Award 2019

  • Carol MacRae, Ankerville Nurseries

Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment Award 2019

  • Castlegate Nursery & Out of School Club Limited

Nursery Nurse / Childcare Worker Award 2019

  • David Spiden, Pear Tree Nursery Meadowpark, Pear Tree Nurseries Ltd

Nursery Room Leader Award 2019

  • Hannah McFarlane, Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries Ltd

Nursery Group Award 2019

  • Forbes Children’s Nursery

Nursery Personality of the Year Award

  • Catherine Fairley, Paradykes Family Learning Centre Loanhead, Midlothian Sure Start

6th Scottish NMT Nursery Awards

Thank you to our incredible host Arlene Stuart!

Arlene Stuart is a well-known face and voice in the UK broadcast industry. From her early beginnings on STV through her time with BBC and Grampian Television to hosting the Scottish TV children’s magazine programme, Wemyss Bay 902101 and presenting Mellow Magic and her becoming as part of the morning breakfast team on Forth1, Arlene has developed a diverse range of presentation styles. With her natural ability, total professionalism and enthusiastic approach, Arlene has become an extremely popular live event host.

Arlene is a superb host for conferences and awards with a wealth of experience gained over the years, working alongside a host of top named stars, even introducing Prince Charles when she chaired a debate at Holyrood.

As one of the main voice over artists in Scotland, Arlene is heard on a daily basis on television and radio adverts.


“Arlene did an excellent job. Lots of positive feedback from guests and some were genuinely delighted to meet her. She was extremely well prepared and understood exactly what we required from the night – managing to encapsulate what the awards are all about with her presentation.”
David Ridd, Communications Officer, NHS Lothian Awards

“Arlene’s delivery and presentation of awards set an ideal tone for the evening and I received some great feedback. The event was a huge success.” Jane Wood CE. SBC Annual Awards


Thank you to our returning Main Sponsor, Consortium!


Many thanks to our current Category Sponsors:

*Click the image below for Sponsor information 


Thank you to our returning Charity Sponsor, Aberlour!

“At Aberlour, we are there for children, young people and families across Scotland, helping transform lives for the better and are committed to getting it right for our children by tailoring our services to help each child, young person and family achieve their own personal goals. We offer support at the earliest opportunity – giving children the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything we do.”

Thank you to all those who bid on the fantastic silent auction and congratulations to all our raffle prize winners – all funds raised were in support of Aberlour and Bone Cancer Research Trust.


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Have a look below to see our full list of 2018 Winners:


We at NMT Magazine we are delighted to announce our Winners for the 5th Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2018!  Congratulations to all!

The Scottish NMT Nursery Awards are designed to discover and reward the very best people in the Scottish nursery sector. Here at NMT we are delighted that the Consortium is our main sponsor again this year.

2018 Winners

Nursery Training & Development Award

WINNER: Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

It was clear from the outset that Arnhall Day Nursery is passionate about providing the best outcomes for children and ensuring their training has a positive impact on the children, their families and their colleagues. Training is clearly part of the nursery ethos which supports staff members in their professional development.


Individual Nursery Award

WINNER: Cadzow Nursery School

The commitment shown by Cadzow Nursery School’s owner and manager to promoting their Cadzow family, viewing staff as their main resource and providing excellent staff benefits. They demonstrate strong community values and awareness. Their encouraging ethos breeds motivation for the children.


Indoor Learning Environment Award

WINNER: Pear Tree Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

The Judges were most impressed by the manner in which Pear Tree Nursery maximizes the learning outcomes from the most basic resources such as talking bags, and also how staff were able to encourage the children to develop their learning using high order thinking from the resources being used.  There is also a strong emphasis on a child led approach to the use of resources.


Nursery Team Award

WINNER: Honeypot Almondbank, Honeypot Day Nursery

The Judges agreed that it was clear that Honeypot Almondbank’s technique in nurturing and respecting their team as equals tunnels through to the children they care for. Their practices and passion for providing high quality care for staff, children and families is inspiring. The Judges felt motivated just speaking to them!

Nursery Manager Award

WINNER: Jessica Collin, Glencoats Lodge Nursery, Collin Care Ltd

The Judges felt that Jessica has faced and overcome substantial challenges by using her great work ethic to provide solutions.  As an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker, Jessica has worked with families and the wider community to transform the outdoor space for children.

Nursery Product or Innovation Award

WINNER: is an exceptionally innovative and cost effective product for compliance management. has in-house courser writers to keep content up to date and relevant. The product has been heavily tested and take up has been strong with positive feedback.

Nursery Operations Manager Award

WINNER: Julie Campbell, Bertram Nursery Group

Julie is an inspiring leader. She is approachable and has a shared vision for her team.  Julie motivates and empowers positive change and inspires all who work for her.

Outdoor Learning Environment Award

WINNER: Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

Arnhall Day Nursery views the outdoor environment as being everything from a baby garden, to an outdoor classroom, to the wilder spaces around the setting. Documentation of learning demonstrated inclusive practice; parent and carer involvement and a commitment to staff. Sustainability was embedded through growing produce, working with the local farm and even taking a rabbit for a walk.

Nursery Nurse/Childcare Worker Award

WINNER: Paddy Mahoney, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

The Judges chose Paddy because he demonstrated fantastic passion, knowledge and skill in a rather understated way.  Paddy has a caring and kind nature which is echoed by the children and has a holistic approach to childcare. He uses his flair for music and ICT to improve the outcomes for children.

Nursery Room Leader Award

WINNER: Emma Edwards, Eskbank Nursery, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Emma’s enthusiasm and passion for her role shines through.  She understands her role and is clear on how what she does impacts on the success of the business.  She demonstrates a real passion for children being cared for in a safe and secure environment. She clearly loves her job.

Nursery Group Award

WINNER: Bertram Nursery Group

The Judges were impressed by Bertram Nursery Group because staff welfare and training came across very strongly as part of their ethos and values within the group. The quality of their indoor and outdoor learning, along with robust training in all their nurseries was particularly impressive.

Nursery Personality Award

WINNER: Gillian McCulloch, Riverside Childcare

Gillian’s enthusiastic, bubbly personality was very evident from the moment the Judges met with her.  She creates an inspiring and fun environment for children, parents and staff.


 Winners Album and Gala Evening

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5th Scottish NMT Nursery Award Winners and Gala Evening 2018

Many thanks to our host Bruce Morton

Many thanks to our Charity: Aberlour Scotland’s Children’s Charity

Many thanks to our Charity Raffle donors:


Huge congratulations to all the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards Finalists! See the full list below:

Nursery Training & Development Award

We are looking to acknowledge and reward exceptional commitment to training and developing staff. The Award could go to an outstanding business, nursery or individual who is making an exceptional contribution to enhancing training within the childcare sector.

Angie Dickson & Julie Brodie, Arbor Green Nursery

Lisa Williamson & Hannah McFarlane, Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

Laura McGinty & Shelley Martin, LASC Childcare Services

Katrina Weir, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Individual Nursery Award

Awarded to a nursery that is a single owned and run site (i.e. not part of a multiple group of owned nurseries) which has, in the view of the judges, created the very best environment to promote the highest levels of childcare, staff morale and business performance.

Leanne Kelly & William Hyslop, Cadzow Nursery School

Elspeth Goldie, Craighead Country Nursery School

Amanda Moore & Patrick Holtz, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club

Lorraine Kirkwood & Rachael Barron, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

Kim McIntosh, Wiggly Worms Day Nursery

Nursery Indoor Learning Environment Award

This Award will be won by the nursery which has created an environment that most inspires and excites children. The entry will show how the nursery actively involves children in their learning, as well as celebrating their achievements.

Clare Forrest & Nikkie Gent, Arbor Green Nursery

Pauline Cant, Cramond Early Learning and Childcare, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Joyce Winchester & Sara Devine, Kidsplay Childcare, Bertram Nursery Group

Heather Goode & Charlotte Goode, Pear Tree Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

Carole Japp-Aitken, The Red Squirrel Children’s Nursery

Nursery Team Award

This award will go to the nursery team that has developed and maintained an excellent standard of childcare showing exceptional group values and a commitment to working together for the common good.

Tricia Brownlee & Linda Boon, Dunblane Nature Kindergarten, Bertram Nursery Group

Lisa McGarry, Enchanted Forest Nursery Inverkip, Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Karen Beaton & Bernadette Young, Forward Steps Nursery

Sheila Gordon & Anne McKay, Honeypot Almondbank, Honeypot Day Nursery

Lesley McBride, Kiddieshack, Collin Care Ltd

Nursery Manager Award

The nursery sector depends on the very best managers for its current and future success. This award will be won by the manager who has shown outstanding caring and business skills and leadership in developing a thriving, high quality nursery which delivers a superb environment for children, staff and parents.

Jessica Collin, Glencoats Lodge Nursery, Collin Care Ltd

Lindsay Gilmore, Honeypot Almondbank, Honeypot Day Nursery

Leanne Kelly, Cadzow Nursery School

Shelley Martin, LASC Childcare Services

Maxine Simpson-Smith, The Murrayfield Nursery

Nursery Product or Innovation

Awarded to the nursery supply company that has, in the view of the judges, brought to the nursery sector the most exciting and important product or innovation over the past two years.,

Early Curricular Play Tray Mats, Hope Education

Magicubes, Hope Education

PlayScapes Slumberstore, Millhouse Manufacturing Design

Nursery Operations Manager

The winning Operations Manager will have demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership across the settings they are responsible for, enhancing the reputation and success of the Nursery / Group as a whole.

Julie Campbell, Bertram Nursery Group

Elaine McCudden, Collin Care Ltd

Lisa McGarry, Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Katrina Weir, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment Award

This award will be made to the nursery which has, in the view of the judges, created an outdoor ‘living classroom’ that inspires and excites children. Activities that promote physical well-being, creativity and first-hand learning experiences will be sought.

Lisa Williamson & Hannah McFarlane, Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries

Leanne Kelly & William Hyslop, Cadzow Nursery School

Cat MacKenzie, Inverness College UHI Early Learning & Childcare Centre

Karen Duguid, Morton Mains Early Learning and Childcare, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Pamela Freed & Alyson Boyce, Rising Stars Blairtummock, Jobs & Business Glasgow

Nursery Nurse/Childcare Worker Award

This Award recognises the outstanding childcare provided by a Nursery Nurse/Childcare Practitioner. The childcare will include warmth, equality, responsibility, safety, fairness and being supportive in all relationships involving the children, parents and organisation.

Sheila Dalgleish, Corner House Nursery Spylaw, Bertram Nursery Group

Becky Hall, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Paddy Mahoney, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

Dale Martin, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club

Cheryl McBride, Glencoats Lodge Nursery, Collin Care Ltd

Nursery Room Leader Award

This Award will go a Nursery Room Leader who shows the leadership skills required to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children, excellent ability to support and develop other team members, an ability to observe, assess and track children’s learning and development, someone who has a high degree of integrity and empathy when dealing with children and is an excellent verbal and written communicator.

Emma Edwards, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Caron Lynas, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club

Gillian McCulloch, Riverside Childcare

Claire Moffat, LASC Childcare Services

Kate Smith, Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Nursery Group Award

This award is open to nursery groups with two or more Scottish settings and is designed to recognise a forward thinking group which has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values, focus across the group and financial success.

Bertram Nursery Group

Collin Care Ltd

Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Midlothian Sure Start

Pear Tree Nurseries

Nursery Personality of Year Award

We’re looking for the person whose great personality and energy has made a real difference in their own setting in ways which are truly inspiring and memorable. This person will actively promote excellent care for their children, peace of mind for parents and a happy working environment.

Sarah Inness, Altens Early Learning and Childcare, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Lisa Martin, LASC Childcare Services

Elizabeth Maxwell, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club

Gillian McCulloch, Riverside Childcare

Lisa Rogers, Corner House Day Nursery Spylaw, Bertram Nursery Group