NMT Partners

Here at NMT Magazine, we work with a wide range of nurseries and suppliers across the early years sector. Our Partners are actively involved in some capacity with the NMT brand, which includes the National NMT Nursery Awards, Scottish NMT Nursery Awards, Nursery Agendas, other Events and of course, the Magazine itself.
We are proud to work alongside our NMT Partners. To find out more about any of the companies listed below, please click on their logo and visit their website.
If you would like to find out more on how to become an NMT Partner, contact Caroline Bowern on caroline.bowern@investorpublishing.co.uk


Introducing our NMT Partners




With over 60 years’ experience of creating great tasting meals, our expert chefs and dietitian know the importance of creating a well-balanced diet, meeting a range of dietary needs, specifically for children. Whilst also ensuring mealtimes are kept tasty and fun, with empty plates all round. Our meals are delivered frozen, ready to cook and serve to your children. Our meals are flash frozen within 45 minutes of cooking to lock in nutritional freshness and our onsite laboratory testing ensures our food is of the highest quality, allergen safe and free from harmful bacteria, giving you peace of mind. Our range covers all tastes and preferences from home classics to modern trends but don’t worry, you have full control over your menu so you decide what your children tuck into. Menu planning and ordering is simple through a smart online ordering system and with free UK delivery, full training and ongoing support provided we can ensure a smooth transition with no hidden costs.




Bertram Nursery Group Ltd was formed in 2007, bringing together Happitots Day Nurseries Ltd, Strawberry Hill Nursery and other subsidiaries. In early 2008 the group acquired the Holyrood Nursery Group and later took over other individual settings. We are a passionate and committed independent provider of early years care and education. We are proud to have received recognition from various local authorities across the UK, receiving local and national business awards, and the prestigious Nursery Management Today National Awards, across a broad range of categories, including Nursery Chain of the Year in 2018. Our nurseries all strive to be health promoting settings and many participate in local health initiatives. We have successfully achieved Golden Grin Awards, NHS accreditation for menus, ‘I Can’ accreditations, 5* Food and Hygiene Ratings, Breast Feeding Friendly Accreditations and ECO-Schools certificates. We also run our own Physical Development Stars initiative which sees a Physical Development Champion in every nursery.
Each of our nurseries has its own individual background, story and history and we’re proud that our nurseries continue to retain much of their independence and individual character, whilst still benefitting from being part of a national chain.



Blossom is the fastest growing nursery software; helping thousands of nurseries to reach Outstanding. Created by Early Years specialists that own & operate their own nurseries, they know what works in practice. Blossom provides nurseries with better business intelligence, enhanced parental communication & thorough understanding of their children. Blossom can get you started quickly and easily, with a seamless transition from your existing way of doing things. Blossom’s mission is to transform and grow your nursery business. Their distinct values of integrity, innovation and empathy towards the day to day challenges faced within a nursery are what sets them apart from ordinary, technology-based companies. Their knowledge base from running their own nurseries and having an Advisory Board of nursery owners allows Blossom to constantly evolve with new features and provide you with expert support every step of the way, making Blossom truly special for the Early Years sector.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the UK’s leading childcare provider. With a portfolio of over 300 nurseries and a 30-year history, we have been trusted by many families to provide children with naturally inspiring, exceptional care and education for the early years. It is our mission to continue to make a difference to children, families and employers, and to provide the highest quality early care and education for each child in each nursery, every day. We aspire to do this so successfully that we make a difference in the lives of children and families and communities where we live and work.


Our award-winning Education practice is the leading independent education consultancy in the UK with hundreds of projects around the world under our belt in the last ten years. We focus on bringing structure, insight, judgement and impact to our clients, and our work is underpinned by rigorous research & analysis and personalised support. The childcare sector is a key area of focus and passion for us; we have been involved in supporting many of the major European nursery group transactions over the past three years, as well as in helping operators take stock of their own businesses. We differentiate on a number of things, including the dedication and calibre of our team, the hands-on involvement of our partners in projects, our immersion in and experience of the education space, our networks, and our ability to identify potential partners.


Christie & Co’s Childcare and Education team are renowned across the day nursery, education and specialist education sectors as the ‘go to’ advisers, providing services to the whole child centric business lifecycle, from conception to exit. For anyone looking to buy or sell a business in the childcare and education market, our expert advice and collaborative support will help you achieve your goals. We support an array of clients ranging from independent, first time buyers to multinational groups growing their portfolios. Clients have access to our carefully managed network of potential buyers. This unique database of contacts has been continually developed by our advanced IT capabilities and benefits from both our 80+ years’ of experience developing our network and wide geographical coverage.



Children need simple, natural toys and furniture that promote open-ended, imaginative play. Your love for children is the basis of your work, and we at Community Playthings share that commitment. Our conviction that children deserve the very best has driven every aspect of our business since 1947. Our modular furniture designed for primary schools and early years settings enables you to change and adapt your environment. Nothing from our indoor product line comes flat packed. You won’t have to put in a single screw. Where assembly is unavoidable it’s simple and tool-free. All products deliver within two weeks and carry our standard 15-year-warranty. Solid wood construction and careful craftsmanship make for products that last for decades. Everything is manufactured in and shipped from our factories in the UK. Investing in the highest quality materials produces long-term benefits for children and staff; few other one-time investments offer such a return.


The team at Connect Childcare design and develop award winning software for Childcare Providers.

We have worked in the industry for over 15 years and understand that all Childcare settings are different. Our flexible software supports thousands of nurseries to ensure their business processes are efficient and give them valuable time back to focus on what’s important. Our children.

Our integrated products contain everything you need for Managers, Practitioners and Parents and will help you to reduce your admin time and streamline your processes. Accurate and reliable data is available at the touch of a button with the most comprehensive reports on the market, Connect Childcare gives you valuable insights into everything from child development to vital business information.

Contact us today to find out how Connect Childcare can benefit your nursery.


We’ve always been and always will be about providing the best possible range of educational materials designed to give children the wings they need to soar. We’re proud to be the only distributor of over 1,500 learning solutions exclusively developed by TTS and we also work with 400 other trusted suppliers and over 40,000 products to make sure we’ve got everything your nursery could ever need. What’s more, we’ve listened to you and rolled out the lowest prices on the market* on over 300 Everyday Everythings, items you highlighted as must-haves, bringing you all the resources you need for far less than you’d expect. From Sand and Water to Small World, outdoor play to puzzles and games, Mark Making and cleaning materials, you’ll find them at Consortium, along with an innovative and inspiring selection of early years resources to help every child take flight. *At time of going to print


Creating Classrooms is a new company bringing HABA furniture and play equipment to the UK.

With 20 years experience in education and space design, we choose HABA because they share our values: sustainability, durability and the importance of inspiring, creative and flexible learning environments for the 21st Century.



dot2dot’s specialist nursery insurance package offers childcare professionals, world-class insurance underwritten by Aviva. Having secured ‘Schemes Broker of the Year’ at the Insurance Times Awards in 2017, we continue to develop our products and services to meet the ever changing needs of the Early Years Sector. We regularly spend time with our clients to understand the risks and challenges they face, then find solutions with support from a team of Strategic Partners and tailor the insurance protection accordingly. “Knowing we have experts on hand offering sound legal advice and a full insurance package gives us great peace of mind. We are glad to recommend dot2dot.” Nicole Politis – Director of Portico Nursery Group



The most comprehensive solution to manage your early years setting – from children registration, session scheduling and invoicing, staff management to recording observations, maintaining learning journeys, progress tracking and reporting. Our innovative system helps reducing paperwork, time and operating costs while increasing quality, efficiency and 360° engagement with parents. eyMan helps you manage children enquiries, enrolment, sessions, funding, invoices, occupancy and staff to child ratios, staff hours for payroll and holiday entitlement, online payments and direct debit, with extensive customisation and reporting. eyLog allows observations with photos/videos/audios using locked-down tablets, enabling one-click EYFS, CoEL, ECaT, Leuven Scales, Montessori, Schemas, British Values, Phonics & SEND assessments, planning sheets, automated progress trackers & summative reports, parent observations/comments, daily diaries, accident/incident sheets. The system also supports additional frameworks from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Eco-friendly, durable and highly customisable, whether it’s one new piece of furniture to improve any space, or a whole nursery refurbishment, we have the solution!

Pick up the phone and talk to one of our friendly team at +44 (0) 1434 601 351  or email us for more information any with questions.

Our PLAY+SOFT range has featured at sustainability events worldwide and uses our own proprietary materials: wipe clean, odourless, tactile, and beautiful!  They contain no PVC or latex.  Our SOLID range uses FSC hardwoods, steel, MDF and a range of laminates to make tables, chairs, atelier/STEAM, roleplay and storage made to last.

We also provide a wide range of specialist interiors and architecture services for education, public buildings and private homes.  We know that good design can have a profound influence on child development, learning and the quality of play, with our products a result of pedagogical research in Reggio Emilia, Italy.




Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS),  has been created to offer children, families, and childcare providers, a unique childcare model that delivers a high quality, flexible and affordable service that is inclusive and accessible to all.

Families who use FCSS’s unique services are able to book day care by the hour, only paying for the time they book. They aren’t subject to any up-front costs, deposits or holiday retainers and they can arrange home based care where experienced staff work within the home.

FCSS, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), is unique in that they have developed a Flexibility Pathway Toolkit so that other childcare providers, including workplace nurseries, can adopt and deliver a flexible service for the families they support. They have also developed an Accreditation Scheme that allows providers using their model to evidence their commitment to the delivery of quality, flexible care. As well as giving a robust quality assurance it also gives families greater confidence and trust in their childcare provider.

For more information on how you can join the flexible childcare revolution Contact them now by emailing info@fcss.org.uk



Funding Loop is innovative new software that vastly simplifies and reduces the time spent administering the Early Years funding claims process.  Parents can fill in their Parental Declaration forms online, whilst nurseries can send, monitor, chase and review completed forms with just a few clicks. Once all the forms are complete, Funding Loop loads all the data into the council headcount portal for you, saving time and eliminating typing errors. The system integrates seamlessly with all the leading nursery management systems so there is no retyping or setup of your existing data to do.  We are so sure that Funding Loop will save you time and money that your first term is completely free. There are no set up costs and no minimum commitment. T:   01223 969424 / E:  info@fundingloop.info





One of the first firms in the UK to be awarded Chartered Status, a prestigious award that recognises our commitment to professionalism and fair treatment of customers, Hammond Raggett & Company Ltd is a long-established firm of Independent Financial Advisors which can trace its roots back 40 years. Today we operate from offices in Manchester City Centre and Lymm, Cheshire but look after clients across the whole country. We offer advice across a wide range of financial planning matters. Advising both personal and corporate clients, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized businesses and owner-managers, today we advise on almost £1/2 billion of client pension and investment portfolios. Areas of advice include:

  • Personal Life Assurance, Critical Illness and Income Protection
  • Key Person Insurance and Shareholder Protection
  • Tax efficient Savings
  • Investments
  • Saving for Retirement
  • Flexible Retirement Benefits
  • Company Pension Schemes

t: 0161 834 2222
e: enquiries@hammondraggett.co.uk
a: Eagle Buildings, 64 Cross Street, Manchester, M2 4JQ Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

At Hope Education, we understand that it’s the practitioners that have the most impact on children’s development, and the passion you have for little ones shape their entire learning journey. As a supplier, it’s our job to provide you with the tools to do this most effectively, that’s why we ensure we have everything your nursery needs. From inspiring resources that ignite curiosity both indoors and outdoors, to everyday essentials such as facilities, stationery and art. We’re constantly sourcing and developing new products, including 100s developed by Hope this year alone.

We want as many nurseries as possible to be able to have the highest quality resources, at affordable prices. We understand that sometimes budgets won’t stretch to cover everything you’d like or need, but that’s why we’re always working to bring you the best value on resources, as well as saving you money when you switch from big brands to our Classmates range for your essentials.

To be inspired and take a look at our full range, head over to our website.



Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy shares your passion for delivering the highest quality of care and education to children and families. We are an established consultancy with fourteen consultants who are all current Early Years Inspectors or experienced owners. From delivering quality improvement inspections against the EY framework, to coaching you in building effective staff teams, to creating and delivering bespoke Early Years training, to providing pre- and post-Ofsted inspection support, mentoring and consultancy – we know how to bring the best out in you and your organisation, whether you are a nursery, childminder or other EYFS provider. Over the last two years, we’ve helped over a hundred settings achieve Outstanding gradings at inspection. Hopscotch really is your one-stop-shop to help you reach your goals in Early Years!


Our mission is to create inspiring worlds full of awe and wonder for little ones to grow and thrive in. We are a family of inspiring nurseries and Pre-Schools with a distinct home from home environment across London and the South East. By creating days filled with unique moments and opportunities, we are able to truly enrich a child’s development during 0-5 years. Not only that, we also personally understand what it is to be a parent during this magical time. We create meaningful relationships with every one of our parents so that they too are part of this incredible journey and never miss an opportunity to share in the joy of every one of their child’s developmental and learning moments. We are more than just inspiring childcare. We are a parent partnership at its very best. Come and take a look – we have nurseries in Bournemouth, Bromley, Essex, Hanwell, Teddington and Wanstead. We can’t wait to see you there!

Lifetime Training are a national training provider with over 1000 Lifetimers in our national team. We have 20 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships across Childcare, Retail, Hospitality, Business Services and Health and Social Care sectors. Ofsted rated ‘Good’, Lifetime Training deliver bespoke programmes to meet the specific needs of corporate clients and support over 20,000 people a year to achieve their apprenticeships.

Millhouse is a British Manufacturer of Early Years wooden furniture and resources. We manufacture high quality furniture at affordable prices, creating practical, fun environments that encourage learning and engagement through play and interaction. We are passionate about quality and service, so in addition to the 10-year guarantee on our furniture zones, our products are delivered fully assembled and placed in room by our own delivery team. Millhouse is part of the Spaceright Europe Group. Spaceright have been manufacturing presentation and dining furniture for the Educational Sector for over 20 years. Our websites are: www.millhouse-md.co.uk and www.spacerighteurope.com


With over 54 years’ experience, Morton Michel is known as the UK’s leading childcare insurance specialist. They expertly insure over 45,000 childcare settings and early years practitioners including nurseries, pre-schools, out of school clubs and many more! They aim to provide businesses, no matter how large or small, with comprehensive insurance products, services, discounts and benefits that bring value and peace of mind. Morton Michel are passionate about Early Years and are ingrained within the sector so childcare professionals and their business needs are at the heart of everything they do. To find out more about the insurance packages they offer please visit our website or call their specialist team on 020 8603 0900 .

Nursery Story is literally the only nursery management software you will ever need! Why? Because they are a UK-based nursery software solution developed with the most recent technologies to improve every aspect of your nursery business – the management, the parental relationships and children’s learning and development. Nursery Story can get you started quickly and easily with an entire support team at your disposal. Nursery Story’s mission is to bring JOY to child care and ensure all magical moments are never lost. They work alongside early years settings, parents, and industry professionals to constantly develop the Nursery Story app and alleviate the day-to-day stresses of teachers who are caring for our children.





Inspiring learning through play since 1998, Pentagon Play has worked with over 10,000 settings, bringing 20 years of experience in educational play to every design consultation. We have worked in partnership with individual settings as well as large nursery operators to create garden environments for little learners. From overseeing developments of a wide range of settings, we fully appreciate the need for open-ended ideas that are sustainable and of the quality needed to bring endless amounts of enjoyment to everyone who uses the space. Working closely with experts, teachers and nursery practitioners, we’ve created an innovative range of outdoor nursery products unlike anything else on the market. Are you looking to create a dedicated tummy time space for your babies or unders? Do you have a vision for a new explorative environment for your toddlers?  Whether improving school readiness or building an active and imaginative play area, our products and experience will help you create your dream garden environment. Click here to visit our main website.

Redwoods Dowling Kerr are the UK’s leading Childcare Brokerage specialists with a renowned track record for overachieving in the delivery of our client’s goals and ambitions. Redwoods Dowling Kerr works with nursery owners to assist them with their sale, acquisition or expansion plans. Our level of deal making is unprecedented and as a result Redwoods Dowling Kerr are able to use our market intelligence to deliver outstanding results. Our 5* Trust Pilot rating demonstrates our high levels of client satisfaction, talk to us today to see how we can help you!



At Stephensons Solicitors LLP our specialist regulatory team have an excellent reputation assisting nurseries and child care providers challenge unfair Ofsted ratings, retain registrations, and defending them against enforcement action and safeguarding investigations. We understand the impact a negative inspection and/or enforcement action can have on you and your business and it is important to protect your reputation by obtaining specialist advice as soon as possible before taking any action. Our Ofsted lawyers can provide you with clear, strategic advice at all stages of your matter in order to achieve the best possible outcome. If you wish to speak to a member of our team in relation to protecting your business call us now on 0333 344 4885 .




TG Escapes design bespoke modular eco buildings for nurseries and early years providing unique learning spaces that help connect children and staff to the natural world. We follow Biophilic design principles;

•incorporate natural elements

•provide easy access to the outdoors

•maximise penetration and exposure to natural light

•provide views of the natural world outside

Nursery providers love that our buildings can stand alone providing bright, secure spaces for the foundation stages. Covered walkways, secure lobby’s and wide doorways provide free flow access to the outdoors in all weathers. Sun pipes, sedum roofs and energy efficient designs make the A rated buildings more economical to run and cosy in the winter months. Our fast modular process minimises disruption ensuring educational continuity and cost certainty. Every project starts with a FREE site visit and survey so we can understand your detailed requirements and provide one all inclusive price for a full service. 0800 917 7726


The Professional Nursery Kitchen prepares and delivers fresh, nutritious meals, specifically for children in the Early Years.  Meals are freshly prepared in our professional kitchen and then delivered fresh and chilled to nurseries where they benefit from cooking in their ovens onsite without the need of a dedicated nursery cook. The Professional Nursery Kitchen provides support and resources to the nurseries to understand the dietary needs of young children, ensures they provide a well-balanced, nutritious diet and help nurseries with common food related challenges like fussy eating, allergies and nutritional advice.

Timotay Playscapes creates award winning and bespoke outdoor play solutions tailored to your nursery, creating inspirational educational playgrounds and playground equipment for nurseries throughout the UK.  All products are manufactured in house, from quality natural materials for absolute quality and longevity of your investment. With Timotay, you are accessing a wealth of knowledge and expertise; from playground consultation, through to design solutions for exciting, engaging and educational outdoor spaces. For your FREE consultation please visit our website here.


TOUCHTABLE by Iconic: Founded by a team whose passion for interactivity go beyond the extraordinary. TOUCHTABLE – a team of creatives, engineers & let’s face it “geeks” who will hold your hand every single step of the way through your journey into the world of interactivity. From Interactive hardware to software development. installation & support you really are in the hands of people who thrive on this – let our work speak for itself. Our products have a Global reach with our Touch Tables spanning countries & continents from Nuseries, Schools, Kids zones, Hotels, Shopping Malls & Atriums – Our Design & Installation team will take of all aspects of the build allowing you to feel confident when working with us. You can see you full product range here


Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking, using the power of finance to support projects that benefit people and the planet. We believe that banking can, and should, be a powerful force for good: serving individuals and communities as well as building a more sustainable society. Our mission is to help create a society that promotes a quality of life that has human dignity at its core, using our € 15.5 billion of customer deposits to generate social, environmental and cultural value in a transparent and sustainable way. We do this by financing the good things happening in the real world, such as organic food and farming, renewable energy and social housing. Triodos isn’t just a bank: we’re changing the way banking is done. As a customer, investor or partner, you’re helping build an extraordinary movement that’s cultivating positive change.


First Discoverers is an incredible childcare resource with a large following and dedicated readership. The site publishes regular informative, topical and academic articles and in-depth eBooks and email courses on specialised childcare and development, all for free. It is an incredible resource for anyone who works in childcare and wishes to further their knowledge, or simply anyone wishing to learn more about the children around them. Sign up to First Discoverers, forever free and download the amazing resources to further develop your childcare knowledge and understanding. First Discoverers is brought to you by Wesco, specialists in supplying educational toys and games, furniture, storage, changing and hygiene equipment, sensory learning and role play resources. Wesco has been supplying nurseries, childminders, preschools, leisure centres, therapists and of course parents, for over 40 years.


If you would like to find out more on how to become an NMT Partner, contact Caroline Bowern on caroline.bowern@investorpublishing.co.uk