The Scottish NMT Nursery Awards entries have now closed
Thank you to everyone who entered – finalists will be announced here soon
Following the huge success of the second Scottish NMT Nursery Awards last year, organisers NMT magazine are delighted to announce that the third Scottish NMT Nursery Awards are now open! The Awards are designed to discover and reward the very best people in the Scottish nursery sector so enter that deserving colleague now!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Scottish
Nursery Awards 2015
Main Sponsor: The Consortium Early Years
Held on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
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.
We 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
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
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
Chloe Doolan & Nicki Cain
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
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
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
Judy Whitehead & Simon Nutt
– 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
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
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
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
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
Karen Flynn & Lisa Robb
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.