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Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2016 – Finalists Announced

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 Early Years are our main sponsor again this year.

The Consortium Early Years is once again delighted to be the main sponsor at the 3rd Scottish NMT Nursery Awards in September 2016. We look forward o celebrating the very best in the Scottish nursery sector and acknowledging the passion, care and innovation of the organisations and individuals within the industry.- The Consortium Early Years

Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2016 Finalists:

Nursery Training & Development 2016

  • Lisa McGarry & Carla Fulton, Enchanted Forest Early Learning
  • Lewissa Koulis & Stratos Koulis, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd
  • Angela Savage & Gail Farquhar, Sheephouse Nursery
  • Pauline Scott & Sarah Jane Mckillop, Lullaby Lane Nursery
  • Claire Rowan & Anne Jenkins, Carousel Nurseries Ltd

Individual Nursery 2016

  • Susan Adrian & Janelle Brown, Wellside Kindergarten
  • Angie Dickson & Hazel Fortune, Arbor Green Nursery
  • Kirsty Pacitti, Priestfield House Nursery
  • Angela Savage & Gail Farquhar, Sheephouse Nursery
  • Pauline Scott & Sarah Jane Mckillop, Lullaby Lane Nursery

Indoor Learning Environment 2016

  • Angela Fitzpatrick & Pauline Davis, Little Stars
  • Angela Thomson & Leighann Ross, Rivendale Nursery, Collin Care
  • Clare Robertson & Dee Hunt, Loretto Nursery, Bertram Nursery Group
  • Lyndsay Kilpatrick & Kirstie Mann, Four Seasons at Skypark, Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-schools
  • Carrie Macdonald & Elizabeth Johnston, Four Seasons at Spectrum, Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-schools

Nursery Team 2016

  • Carol MacRae & Fiona MacRae, Ankerville Nurseries
  • Angela Fitzpatrick & Pauline Davis, Little Stars
  • Vicky Coia & Claire Millar, Kirkliston Orchard Nursery
  • Anne Craigens & Amanda Moore, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club
  • Angela Savage & Gail Farquhar, Sheephouse Nursery

Nursery Manager 2016

  • Shirley Clark, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club
  • Lorraine Kirkwood, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central
  • Margaret Rodger, Kirktonholme Nursery, Kirktonholme Nurseries
  • Nicola King, Oranges and Lemons, Bertram Nursery Group

Nursery Product or Innovation 2016

  • Hannah Klein & Steph Dobson, Hope Education (Product: Rattle and Roll)
  • Iain Stewart, The Magic Dryer Company (Product: Puff the Magic Dryer)
  • Daphne Lansbury, Millhouse (Product: Luco Bricks)
  • Daphne Lansbury, Millhouse (Product: Playscapes Furniture Zone)

Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment 2016

  • Claire Warden, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten
  • Norma McFarlane & Amanda McDonald, Arnhall Day Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries
  • Angie Dickson & Hazel Fortune, Arbor Green Nursery
  • Leanne Kelly & Bill Hyslop, Cadzow Nursery School
  • Anne Easton, Bantaskin Primary School

Nursery Nurse / Childcare 2016

  • Michelle Gorman, Enchanted Forest Early Learning
  • Nadine Muir, Treetops Nursery, Collin Care
  • David Spiden, Pear Tree Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries
  • Sarah Dunne, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club
  • Kerry McDowall, Renfrew Day Nursery, Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-schools

 Nursery Group 2016

  • Mahyar Montazavi & Diane Young, Wee Gems Group
  • Shona Melrose & Lisa Bennet, Cherrytrees Nurseries Ltd
  • Carol MacRae & Fiona MacRae, Ankerville Nurseries
  • Claire Rowan & Anne Jenkins, Carousel Nurseries Ltd
  • Mariessa Devlin & Bernie Devlin, Enchanted Forest Early Learning

 Nursery Personality 2016

  • Danielle Downie, Carldonald Nursery, Collin Care
  • Amy Melvin, Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club
  • Gillian Harvey, Pear tree Nursery, Pear Tree Nurseries
  • Lisa Robb, Kirktonholme Private Nursery, Kirktonholme Nurseries
  • Patrick Mahoney, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

 Nursery Lifetime Achievement 2016

  • Mariessa Devlin, Enchanted Forest Early Learning
  • Stratos Koulis, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd
  • Jean Smart, Collin Care
  • Charmaine Ness, Kidsplay Childcare, Bertram Nursery Group

A huge congratulation to all the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards Finalists! We look forward to welcoming you to the Gala Awards Dinner 

 

 

Gala Dinner Details

A spectacular evening celebrating your achievements and recognising excellence in Scottish childcare

The Scottish NMT Nursery Awards will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on 2nd September 2016 directly after the third Scottish Nursery Agenda.

Last year the awards attracted over 400 people to the glittering Gala Night. NMT are delighted to confirm that the Main Sponsor of the Scottish Nursery Awards is, once more, The Consortium Early Years.

Event information:

Event Host: We are delighted to announce that the host for this years Scottish NMT Nursery Awards will be Edward Reid!

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Edward shot to fame after appearing in Britain’s Got Talent back in 2011 and impressed the judges and public with his wonderful twist on nursery rhymes. Since appearing on the show Edward  has been engulfed with success and performs regularly at corporate and charity events around Scotland and the UK. Edward’s extensive range of songs are captivating and he has enjoyed entertaining not only in his first passion musical theatre, but in comedies, cruise ships, theatre, production cabaret and pantomime. He scooped Radio Forth’s Best Fringe in 2012 Show for his one man show ‘Living The Dream One Song At A Time’ and was awarded Bighearted Scotland’s Entertainer of The Year in 2013. We cant wait to welcome him to the stage for the 2016 Scottish NMT Nursery Awards!

Order of events:

7.00pm – Drinks reception
7.45pm – Call for dinner
8.15pm – Dinner is served
9.40pm – Awards ceremony
11.00pm – Dancing
1.00am – Carriages

Table bookings: To book at table please contact jessica@hawkerpublications.com 

Bedrooms: For hotel bookings please contact the Hilton Glasgow directly or contact Jessica@hawkerpublications.com for alternative accommodation

Dietaries: Please contact Jessica Harman on Jessica@hawkerpublications.com if you have any dietary requests no later than 19th August

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last year’s 2nd ScottishScottish_NMT_Awards_logo_2015
Nursery Awards 2015

Main Sponsor: The Consortium Early Years
Held on Wednesday 2nd September 2015
at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel,
Glasgow, Scotland

Recognising excellence
in Scotland for a second year

What a spectacular event, and what an array of talent lined up before the judges! There were more categories and more applications that last year, reflecting truly impressive achievements right across the board from individual nurseries to groups of all sizes.

As soon as our guests arrived in their evening dress the hubbub of excitement started to swell and it was clear it was going to be a truly fantastic evening.

Layout 1We welcomed back Hardeep Singh Koli for the second year in a row and he once again did a magnificent job involving everyone in the room in the excitement of talent and achievement being recognised.

The whoops and cheers could be heard all evening when Hardeep announced the finalists and winners, what a superb event!

Congratulations to all you all from NMT!

 

2015 AWARD WINNERS WERE:

NURSERY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY BNG TRAININGS1

WINNERS:
Heather Goode & Norma McFarlane
Pear Tree Nursery

The judges chose Pear Tree Nurseries because their passion and their approach to training is very impressive. They addressed the individual needs of their staff through peer assessment and a back to basics approach.

 

INDIVIDUAL NURSERY AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY dot2dotS2

WINNERS:
Kathleen McNiven & Louise McRae
Little Learners Nursery

The judges chose Little Learners because they have extended the boundaries of learning to incorporate not only their immediate environment but the community and the world that surrounds them. It was evident that the children play a vital role in planning their own experiences and development. A  very passionate and highly skilled staff team have created a unique and worthy winner of the Individual Nursery of the year.

 

NURSERY INDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY WESCOS3

WINNERS:
Chloe Doolan & Nicki Cain
Kirktonholme Nurseries

The judges chose Kirktonholme because they demonstrated their environment delivers “what children actually want to learn.” The environment promotes versatility and is stimulating, exciting and enriching whilst engaging children’s interest. A staff ethos of “if we get bored our children get bored.”

 

NURSERY TEAM AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY FIRST STEPSS4

WINNERS:
Steven White & Stephen Rivers
Bertram Nursery Group

The judges chose Bertram Nursery Group because they as a whole team are passionate, transparent and work as one. They work for a shared vision and value base showing commitment. All staff are involved in exceptional experiences for every child and the team.

 

NURSERY MANAGER AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY THE CONSORTIUM EARLY YEARSS5

WINNER:
Mel Bruce
Sparklers Private Nursery

The judges chose Mel Bruce because she recognised that staff, children and parents have equal importance in her nursery setting which resulted in happy staff, happy children and a happy environment.

 

NURSERY PRODUCT/INNOVATION AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY REDWOODS DOWLING KERRS6

WINNERS:
Judy Whitehead & Simon Nutt
Hope Education
– Metallic Bricks

The judges chose Hope Education because this is a versatile resource meeting a gap in the market from birth. The product covers all elements of development. The bricks are an open-ended discovery tool allowing fabulous sensory engagement. They were sensibly priced and met all the needs of all.

 

NURSERY OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY NURSERY MANAGEMENT TODAYS7

WINNERS:
Claire Miller & Vicky Coia
Kirkliston Orchard Nursery

The judges chose Kirkliston Orchard nursery because they offer a fantastic outdoor environment with a variety of activities on offer which cover all aspects of the learning curriculum. They have a clear understanding of children’s sensory needs and excellent ideas  for the outdoor spaces future development, fully engaging parents and children in the decision making process. In summary a first class outdoor environment.

 

NURSERY NURSE/CHILDCARE WORKER AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY NMT NURSERY AGENDAS8

WINNER:
Stacey McColl
Collincare Limited

The judges chose Stacey because it was clear to see that she lives and breathes childcare. Her focus is very much based around the needs of the children. Her bubbly personality, enthusiasm and  passion for her role came across enormously and she clearly has a positive influence on her setting. A very worthy winner!

 

NURSERY NEWCOMER AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY NMT NURSERY TOP 20S9

WINNER:
Emma Scott 
Pear Tree Nursery

The judges felt that Emma reflected on her role within her setting as caring, responsible and approachable. She is confident and shows great adaptability to work across all age groups within her setting. Emma displayed great passion and enthusiasm for her job and role as a practitioner.

 

NURSERY PERSONALITY AWARD 2015

SPONSORED BY CHRISTIE + COS10

WINNER:
Dawn Cheung 
Start Bright Nursery

The judges chose Dawn because her level of commitment and dedication was clear. She was warm, bubbly, positive, engaging and it was easy to imagine the children, parents and staff falling in love with her. When asked what one thing she would change about her job, she said she would like to give up her day off to spend more time with the children.

 

NURSERY GROUP OF THE YEAR 2015

SPONSORED BY ALBANY CHILDCARE INSURANCES11

WINNERS:
Karen Flynn & Lisa Robb
Kirktonholme Nurseries

The judges chose Kirktonholme because they demonstrated high levels of innovation at all levels throughout the settings plus strong networking with local care inspectorate. Parents attend staff training events and they are passionate about getting it right for every child right from the beginning, offering play and stay settling in sessions to build strong relationships. The group has a constantly developing relationship working with parents, staff and management developing a new app to access information.

 

THIS YEAR’S AWARD CATEGORIES AND FINALISTS WERE:

 

NURSERY PRODUCT/INNOVATION 2015
Awarded to the nursery supply company that has, in the view of the judges, brought to the nursery industry the most exciting, important product innovation over the past two years.

The finalists…

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NURSERY GROUP 2015
This award is open to nursery groups with three or more Scottish settings and will 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.

The finalists…

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INDIVIDUAL NURSERY 2015
Awarded to a nursery that is single owned and run site (ie. not part of a multiple group of owned nurseries) and has, in the view of the judges, created the very best environment to allow for the highest levels of business performance, childcare and staff morale to flourish.

The finalists…

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NURSERY MANAGER 2015
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 business skills and leadership qualities in developing a thriving, high quality environment and successful nursery business.

The finalists…

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NURSERY TEAM 2015
This award will go to the staff team that has developed an excellent standard of childcare and education through exceptional group work. The team will demonstrate outstanding values and a commitment to working together for the common good.

The finalists…

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NURSERY NURSE/CHILDCARE WORKER 2015
This award recognises the excellent job that a Childcare Practitioner carries out, clearly demonstrating warmth, care, equality, responsibility, fairness, being supportive in all relationships with children, parents and organisation.

The finalists…

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NURSERY OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT 2015
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. Please include up to six photographs showing particular OUTDOOR learning areas at your nursery.

The finalists…

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NURSERY INDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT 2015
This award will be won by the nursery which has created an environment that most inspires and excites children. It will have displays that actively involve children in their learning, as well as celebrating their achievements. Please include up to six photographs showing particular INDOOR learning areas at your nursery.

The finalists…

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NURSERY TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT 2015
We are looking for a nursery business that has shown exceptional commitment to training and developing their staff. The award will go to either a whole business or to an individual who is enhancing the professionalisation of the sector by encouraging and resourcing career development.

The finalists…

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NURSERY NEWCOMER 2015
This award will be won by a nursery nurse/childcare worker who has been employed in a nursery setting since January 2013 and already demonstrates the potential to become an outstanding nursery practitioner showing a natural flair to interact successfully with children, parents and colleagues.

The finalists…

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NURSERY PERSONALITY 2015
We are looking for a bubbly, lively person at any staff level whose personality and great energy transforms their nursery into a fun place for children to be and for staff to work. Parents love this personality because they inspire confidence in the parents that their children will be safe and always put first.

The finalists…

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Our Scottish readers must have wondered what our inaugural Scottish NMT Nursery Awards would be like. How would they compare with the original awards? Would they go off with a bang or a whimper?
Well, as soon as our guests arrived in evening dress, and the hubbub of excitement started to swell, it was clear this was going to be an event that exceeded all expectations.

And when Hardeep Singh Kohli bounded on to the stage, things really took off. Brought up just minutes from the Glasgow Hilton, where the awards took place, he regaled the finalists and their supporters with whiplash-fast tales of his experience of Scotland that had everyone screaming with laughter.

However, nothing could have been as loud as the whoops and screams that greeted his announcement of the winners. Hardeep did a magnificent job of involving everyone in the room in the excitement of talent and achievement recognised.

But sorry, Hardeep. The real stars of the evening – and for a full year until our next awards – were the winners. Congratulations to you all from everyone at NMT.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring an Awards category for
the 2nd Scottish Nursery Awards in 2015, contact Caroline Bowern: caroline@hawkerpublications.com