Scottish Nursery Awards 2016

NMT_Scottish_Awards_Small_logo_2016A spectacular gala dinner evening celebrating the achievements of all those in the Scottish Nursery sector and recognising excellence in Scottish childcare

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

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Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2016

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 were our main sponsor again this year.

“The Consortium Early Years is once again delighted to have been the main sponsor at the 3rd Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2016. We are proud to have been involved in 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 Winners:



Lullaby Lane Nursery

The judges chose Lullaby Lane because they stood out as taking training & development to the next level. They had an innovative approach to learning and within their setting they used bespoke training that enhanced and raised attainment in their nursery. Above all this created setting where children had fun and gave staff confidence for the setting to go above and beyond

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Wellside Kindergarten

The Judges chose Wellside Kindergarten because they were impressed by the 23 years of continuous high quality, personable, respected and valued passion for the local community. The commitment of Susan, Janelle and their team shone through


Four Seasons at Skypark
Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-schools

The judges chose Four seasons at Skypark because they clearly demonstrated that they operate in a first class learning environment and that the children are at the centre of all decisions made in regard to their learning environment and development and heavily influenced the outcome along with strong staff and parent involvement


Happy Feet Nursery & Out of School Club

The judges chose Happy Feet because the team displayed passion and expertise with innovative processes, focusing on improving outcomes for children, which involved the whole staff team. There was an ethos of empowering the team and their enthusiasm was inspiring


Lorraine Kirkwood
Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central

The judges chose Lorraine because she understands the importance of strong leadership and management and how it impacts on childcare. She has been innovative in making partnerships which benefit the community and deliver business plan objectives. Above all her passion for childcare, her team, and quality childcare shines through


Luco Bricks
Millhouse Manufacturing and Design

The judges chose Luco Bricks because this product has the potential to unlock engineering possibilities for boys and girls even in the Early Years. It is unique in design and had children fully involved in market testing. Luco Bricks are based on a well established product using former lego engineers, whats more – no instruction manual allowing edless possibilities for young learners and those not so young!


Auchlone Nature Kindergarten

The judges chose Auchlone Nature Kindergarten because they demonstrated a high quality outdoor living classroom that inspires and excited children. The children were very much involved in decision making and planning. Overall the nursery provides fantastic life skill opportunities that the children can use with confidence


Nadine Muir
Treetops, Collin Care

The judges chose Nadine because of her outstanding commitment to supporting children and families. She combines practical, effective approaches to support bonding between children and parents/carers, with compassion, competence and evidence of real professional love


Enchanted Forest Early Learning

The judges chose Enchanted Forest Early Learning because their attention to detail in making sure that everyone in their business flourishes whether they are a child in their care or a valued member was paramount. Also, quality control in ensuring their vision was consistent across their group was exemplary


Gillian Harvey

Pear Tree Nurseries

The judges chose Gillian because she has such a passionate engaging personality which re-writes the rules, digs huge holes to jump into and lights fires under people. After 10 plus years of continuous training Gillian believes there is still more to learn. A worthy winner from a very strong shortlist

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Jean Smart
Collin Care

The judges chose Jean for this prestigious award because she is an individual who has made significant, fundamental contributions to the sector and demonstrates a lifetime commitment to children and families.  She has exhibited Leadership, and provided inspiration to others in the sector as well as having a positive influence locally and nationally.  Jean has contributed above and beyond the everyday and has had a long lasting impact in the sector in spite of some very serious challenges along the way


EReid-200x110Event Host : Edward Reid

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.

A huge congratulation to all the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards Finalists! See the full list below:

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


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