Scottish Nursery Awards 2018

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 Early Years are 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: Azilo.com

Azilo.com is an exceptionally innovative and cost effective product for compliance management. Azilo.com 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.

  • Azilo.com, Azilo.com
  • 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

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2017 Scottish NMT Nursery Awards

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 YPO are our Main Sponsor this year.

“YPO is delighted to sponsor the 4th Scottish NMT Nursery Awards in September 2017. We look forward to celebrating the successes of the Scottish nursery and early years sector, recognising the achievements from the organisations and individuals delivering compassion, innovation and excellence.” – YPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017 Winners:

Nursery Training & Development Award

WINNER:

The Orchard Nursery, Kirkliston Orchard Nursery

The Judges chose The Orchard Nursery because their commitment and passion for learning is making a 360 degree impact on managers/staff/families & most importantly, the children. A love of learning has been developed as the leader set the tone for self-improvement. Their Training and Development investment is measurable and clearly defined, all training is provided by the owner to make a positive impact on the children’s learning, development and outcomes. We felt their passion!


Individual Nursery Award

WINNER:

Arbor Green Nursery

The Judges were inspired by the obvious enthusiasm the management and staff bring to the nursery. There is great involvement with the local community and their ethos and the diversity of staff and children was implicit in their integrated setting.

 


Nursery Indoor Learning Environment Award

WINNER:

Cadzow Nursery School

The Judges chose Cadzow who have been on a journey over the past 3 years. This has seen the new manager, Leanne , completely transforming the overall learning environment. She has engaged the staff, children and parents in enhancing the overall learning opportunities for the children through her passion and dedication.


Nursery Team

WINNER:

Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

The judges chose Monkey Puzzle because their team spirit shone through. They demonstrated how they have established, in a short space of time, a strong, cohesive staff team. How staff collaborate to meet the needs of the local community is to be celebrated. A well deserved winner of this prestigious award.

Nursery Manager

WINNER:

Jennifer Marshall, Enchanted Forest Nursery

The judges chose Jennifer because although her priority is to make little people feel precious, she also recognises importance of running a nursery and it being successful. She always provides fun experiences and is an excellent role model to the staff team. This ultimately leads to children to be the best that they can be.

Nursery Product or Innovation

WINNER:

Tilt and Touch Evolution Table, Route 2 Education Technology

The judges chose this product because it provides children with multiple opportunities to develop and enhance skills across the curriculum. It offers versatility to managers, staff and children and would be a core element in everyday practise.

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Operations/Regional Director Award

WINNER:

Irene Hogg, LASC Childcare Services

The judges chose Irene because she demonstrated her passion and commitment to children, parents and staff from all sectors. She dedicates her time and knowledge effectively supporting her managers and staff whilst still finding the time to be involved in numerous voluntary organisations.

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Outdoor Learning Environment

WINNER:

Red Squirrel Nursery

The judges chose Red Squirrel because the passion and dedication shown by Federico was exemplary. The Outdoor environment within the woodlands was outstanding and the learning experiences are truly led by the children which is inspirational.

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Nurse/Childcare Worker

WINNER:

Kirsty Hunter, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

Kirsty started working as a young support worker and progressed to a confident practitioner and key worker. In a parent’s words Kirsty is a perfect role model to any training staff. The judges were impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for childcare which shone through.

Nursery Group

WINNER:

The Orchard Nurseries

The judges found this a very difficult group to judge as all of the entrants displayed passion at a group level. Orchard Nursery Group ticked all the boxes with innovation and responsiveness. Their 360 degree philosophy involved everyone.

Nursery Personality

WINNER:

Emma Grandison, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries

The judges chose Emma because she has an infectious personality, who felt privileged to work with children and who loves Mondays. Emma is incredibly memorable and makes a big impression on people, she has had a child named after her. The Judges were blown away by her energy and enthusiasm. She talked, the judges listened!

Winners Album

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Awards Evening

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Thank you to our host Cat Harvey!

Cat Harvey is an award winning Radio and TV Presenter, Columnist, Travel Writer, Events Host and Pantomime star. Cat was the first female staff football writer in Scotland joining the Evening Times from University, from there she moved to STV presenting Champions League Extra and reporting on Scotsport and Extra Time. Cat has also worked for the Comedy Unit directing inserts and co- presenting Offside on BBC1 Scotland with Tam Cowan before joining Real Radio in 2002. She presented the Breakfast Show there for eleven years before taking over the same role on Heart. Along with radio partner of three years Ewen Cameron, their show ‘Ewen and Cat’ won the UK Arquiva Commercial Breakfast Show of the year 2012, two SONYS and the New York Radio Academy award for World Personality show of the year 2013. Cat now presents a Network Sunday morning show for Bauer Media which includes Clyde 1, Forth 1, West FM, Tay FM, Northsound 1, Radio Borders and MFR. She also writes a weekly column in Scotland’s largest selling paper the Sunday Mail and has appeared in over 650 Pantomime performances at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, playing many roles including a roller-skating fairy, a fat monk, a pirate and the baddie.

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.

• Katrina Weir, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd • Jane Brumpton & Tracey Robertson, Early Years Scotland • Vicky Coia & Melanie Aspin, The Orchard Nurseries • Lorraine Kirkwood & Natalie Dolan, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central • Carol MacRae & Kathleen Maclennan, Ankerville Nurseries

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 Imrie & Karen Bell, Argyle Bridge Children’s Nursery • Hazel Fortune & Angie Dickson, Arbor Green Nursery • Danielle Ramsay & Gail Hunter, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten • Steven White & Sheetal Shah, Tiptoes Children’s Nursery • Anne Craigens & Amanda Moore, Happy Feet 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.

• Leanne Kelly & Bill Hyslop, Cadzow Nursery School • Charlie Wardill & Chelsea Watson, Heriot Hill Nursery • Lorraine Jack & Amanda Hughes, Happy Days Too • Sarah Lowe & Clarice Bell, Enchanted Forest Early Learning • Norma McFarlane & Amanda MacDonald, Arnhall Nursery, Peartree Nurseries

Nursery Team

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.

• Angela Fitzpartrick & Pauline Davis, Little Stars Hillington, Little Stars • Kathryn Brodie & Meagan Blyth, Bright Beginnings Nursery Falkirk, Bertram Nursery Group • Lorraine Kirkwood & Paddy Mahoney, Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central • Emma Stewart & Sarah Hutichinson-Orr, Bishopbriggs Childcare Centre, Bright Horizons • Kelly Culbard & Sarah Keenan, City and Little City Nursery

Nursery Manager

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.

• Christine McKay, Doune Terrace Nursery, Early Days Nurseries • Jennifer Marshall, Enchanted Forest Early Learning • Vicky Richardson, Fenton Barns Nursery Ltd • Janelle Brown, Wellside Kindergarten • Heather Goode, Pear Tree Nursery

Nursery Operations/Regional Director Award

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

• Jennifer Fawcett, Step by Step Nurseries • Michelle Mcleary, Little Flyers Nursery • Irene Hogg, LASC Childcare Services • Lisa McGarry, Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Nursery Group

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.

• Karen Flynn & Lisa Robb, Kirktonholme Childcare • Julie Campbell & Cary Rankin, Bertram Nursery Group • Jean Smart & Angela Thompson, Collin Care Ltd • Lynne Alexander & Jennifer Fawcett, Step by Step Private Nurseries • Vicky Coia & Claire Millar, The Orchard Nurseries

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.

  • Hannah Klein & Mercedes Peake, Chalkboard People Blocks, Hope Education
  • Richard Bijster, Tilt and Touch Evolution Table, Route 2 Education Technology
  • Darryl Reardon, ParentZone, Connect Childcare
  • Anders Laustsen, Famly
  • Daphne Lansbury, Millhouse Playscapes, Millhouse Manufacturing Design

Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment

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.

• Carole Japp-Aitken & Federico Maresca, Red Squirrel Children’s Nursery • Hazel Fortune & Angie Dickson, Arbor Green Nursery • Norma McFarlane & Hannah McFarlane, Arnhall Day Nurseries, Peartree Nurseries • Lisa Robb & Chloe Bree, Kirktonholme Nursery • Angela Fitzpartrick & Pauline Davis, Little Stars

Nursery Nurse/Childcare Worker

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.

• Kirsty Hunter, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd • Danielle Downie, Collin Care Ltd • Maria Gonzalez Martin, Busy Bees • Kerry Hunter, Treehouse Nursery, Bright Horizons Family Solutions • Katrina Kenmore, Happitots Day Nursery, Bertram Nursery Group

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.

• Emma Grandison, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd • Chelsea Ramm, Happy Days Nursery • Jamie Miller, Pied Piper Nursery Ltd • Sally Fox, Treetops Nursery, Collin Care • Lisa McDonald, Pinocchio’s Children’s Nurseries Ltd

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