Scottish Nursery Awards 2020/21


We have been continuously monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding Covid-19, and are focused on keeping our NMT community safe during this time. The pandemic has had an effect on everyone’s lives and has brought many challenges and achievements to the childcare sector, and so it is incredibly important that the hard work and dedication of the Scottish nursery sector is celebrated.

With this in mind, we have taken the decision to postpone the 7th Scottish Nursery Awards, originally scheduled for the 4th September 2020, to Autumn 2021.

The entry deadline has been extended until Friday 7th May 2021.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the sector in Autumn 2021!



Entries will close on Friday 7th May 2021


The Awards are designed to discover and reward those that positively impact and contribute toward the Scottish Nursery Sector. We have 12 categories for this year, please see below to find out more and the enter!


2020/21 Categories

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 and staff development within your nursery/group or the childcare sector. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Forest or Beach School / Kindergarten Award

This Award will be made to the forest or beach school / kindergarten which can demonstrate their focus on developing personal, social and emotional life skills through learner led, nature-based learning. The entry will show how children are inspired creatively with activities and experiences with an outdoor approach. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Nursery Area Manager / Operations Manager

This Award will be made to a senior manager who has demonstrated exceptional vision leadership across the settings they are responsible for, enhancing the reputation and success of the Nursery / Group as a whole. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Many thanks to our brand new Main Sponsor, Morton Michel!

We cannot wait to celebrate with you!


Exciting news – the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards are returning for a seventh year and we are thrilled to be supporting this fantastic event as Main Sponsor!
We are really excited to be celebrating excellence in the Scottish early years sector next March and look forward to meeting many of you soon!
Sue Lee
Managing Director


NMT Magazine would like to give a special thank you to our current Category Sponsors!


Any questions or queries?

Get in touch with the team!

Get in touch with the Events Team at or call  020 7720 2109

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Caroline Bowern; or call  020 3746 2617

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See below for more information on our 2019 awards!


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. Scroll down to view photos of the evening!


  Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

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!

And the winner is…everyone.

This year’s Scottish NMT Nursery Awards have come and gone. A night of excitement, slap-up dinners, shiny new trophies and big love. Big, big love for the exceptional work of our winners, our finalists and everyone in the Early Years Sector who goes the extra mile to care for Scotland’s children. Pat yourselves on the back. Offer yourselves the last biscuit. You’re all winners and we can’t wait to see you again next year.



Many thanks to our 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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