Congratulations to the winners of the Nursery World Awards 2020

To find out more about our winners and view the awards book please visit:


Community Support

Winner: Rosebuds Preschool at Loughborough Community Centre

Highly Commended: Fit N Fun Kids

Marcham Little Angels

Eco-Friendly Early Years Award

Winner: Enya's Childcare

Highly Commended: Tops Day Nurseries and Young Friends Nature Nursery

Honey Pot Nursery Group

Health and Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Fennies Nurseries

Winner: The LEYF Early Years Chef Academy - London Early Years Foundation

Keep Your Cool Toolbox - Mine Conkbayir Consultancy
Woodlands Wellbeing Charter - Woodlands Day Nursery

Enabling Environments Award

Winners: Houghton Community Nursery School and Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery

Highly Commended: Enquiry Based Provision at Little Barn Owls Farm and Forest School

Forest School at Tynemouth Nursery Group 
Imaginative Spaces at N Family Club
Into the Outdoors, responding to COVID at Barnkids

Nursery Food Award

Winner: Elmscot Broussa Day Nursery

Amberley Hall Day Nursery

Inclusive Practice Award

Sponsored by nasen

Winner: Warberries Care Home Intergenerational Childminders

Highly Commended: The Interactive Music-Making (IMM) Training Course and Network and SEND to Learn Nursery

International Gingerbread Travels - Child's Play Nursery
Mark's Gate Nursery Food Bank & Community Outreach - London Early Years Foundation 

Online and Social Media Award

Winner: Better Start Bradford

Highly Commended: Muddy Boots Nurseries and Shada Lambert

Team Development Award

Winner: Learning & Development at The London Early Years Foundation

Continuous professional development with our support at The Elms Day Nursery - University of Birmingham
Talent Management at Treehouse Nursery School

Working with Babies and Toddlers

Winner: The Baby and Toddler Pod at Snapdragons Nursery

Highly Commended: Supporting the Under 2’s at The Old Forge Day Nursery

Working with Parents Award

Winner: FAB (Families Are Best) - Harrington Nursery School

Highly Commended: Tots Talking - I CAN Children's Communication Charity

Hand in Hand Parent/Carer Network - SEND to Learn
Talking Together - BHT Early Education and Training, funded by Better Start Bradford


Professional Books

Winner: Best Practice Guidance by The Education People, The Education People

Highly Commended:

Exercising Muscles and Minds, Second Edition, by Marjorie Ouvry and Amanda Furtado, Jessica Kingsley Publisher

Learning without Fear, by Julia Stead and Ruchi Sabharwal, Crown House Publishing

A Sense of Place: Mindful practice outdoors, by Annie Davy, Bloomsbury Education
It's OK to Cry, by Molly Potter, illustrated by Sarah Jennings, Bloomsbury Education


Childminder of the Year

Sponsored by

Winner: Vicki Chenery

Highly Commended: Catherine Fay

Julie Dixon
Michaela Ellis

Newcomer of the Year

Winner: Kayla Jones, Daisy Chain Nursery

Bethany Hayter, Gateways School

Nursery Manager of the Year

Sponsored by Christie & Co

Winner: Karen Potter, Wind in the Willows Nursery

Highly Commended: Kath Dickinson, SEND to Learn

Danielle Riley, Woodlands Day Nursery
Deana Hunt, Brock House Day Nursery
Eleanor Hutton, Explorosity Education
Melanie Shepherd, Muddy Boots Nursery
Sophia Covill, Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery

Nursery Operations / Regional Manager

Winner: Martha Bott, Little Giggles Private Day Nursery and Pre-School

Highly Commended: Jayne Mallett, Nina’s Nurseries

Clare Porter, Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries

Nanny of the Year

Sponsored by BAPN and Nannytax

Winner: Cristina Sajtos

Highly Commended: Keziah Warne

Bernadette Rodbourn
Holly Chaberka
Jackie Robertson
Stefanie Coleman

Nursery Practitioner of the Year

Winner: Robert Sherrington, Spring by Action for Children - Bensham

Highly Commended: Amy Chappell, Evergreen Early Years and Jessica Angell, Kindred Nurseries - Odstock

Amy Delooze, The Quays Day Nursery
Petra Gulyassy, Fennies Nurseries - Woking

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: Nicola Fleury, Director - KidzRus Nursery

Jamie Louise Fitton, Owner and Director - Little Giggles Private Day Nursery and Pre-School
Mary Rose, Deputy Manager - Seahorse Nursery School

Trainer of the Year

Sponsored by Nursery Story

Winner: Vicki Dawson

Highly Commended: Edwina Revel and Georgia Leech

Ben Kingston-Hughes


Early Years in School Award

Winner: Newbridge School

Gateways School
Kingsgate Primary School

Childminding Business of the Year

Sponsored by

Winner: Kayla's House

Highly Commended: Julie & Jo's Childcare

Catherine Fay - Childminder
Vicki Chenery - Childminder

Nursery Group of the Year

Sponsored by Realise

Winner: Little Barn Owls Farm and Forest School

Highly Commended: London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

Child’s Play Private Nursery
Fennies Nurseries
N Family Club
The Village Nursery Group

Pre-School of the Year

Winner: Puddleduck Preschool

Highly Commended: Clophill Preschool and Enya's Childcare

Fit N Fun Kids
Leeds Montessori School & Day Nursery

Nursery of the Year

Sponsored by

Winner: Honey Pot Day Nursery - Garston

Highly Commended: Young Friends Nature Nursery and Meadow Lane Children's Nursery

The Blue Door Nursery
Leeds Montessori School & Day Nursery

Lifetime Achievement Award

Neil Leitch

Early Years Alliance

Neil was in semi-retirement from a successful career in finance, when in 2000, he was asked to volunteer his skills in business to what was then the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
Finding its ethos and dedication to the lives of young children chimed deeply with his values, within three years Neil had become its director of communications. In 2008, he was appointed chief executive and since then has
been a strident leader of the largest early years membership organisation in the country, overseeing its rebrand to the Early Years Alliance in 2019 – a reflection of its ambition to give a united voice to all involved in educating and caring for young children.
Neil has fronted numerous sector campaigns, on fair funding, mental health and notably, ‘Rewind on Ratios’, which successfully protected adult-to-child ratios in settings. He has provided evidence to multiple government inquiries and played a pivotal role in developing the two-year-old free childcare entitlement offer. He continues to be a powerful voice for the sector as it calls on government for support in facing the coronavirus crisis.