Shortlist 2022

Our judges from across the early years sector spent a day of debate, discussion and deliberation to decide which of our entries for the Nursery World Awards 2022 should go through to the shortlist.


Nursery of the Year

Bee in the Woods Kindergarten, Brighton & Hove

Blue giraffe childcare, Worcestershire

Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school, Leicester

Grass Roots Private Day Nursery, Sowerby Bridge

Meadow Lane Children's Nursery, Cambridgeshire

Pre-School of the Year

Ashby Pre-School Academy, Ashby De La Zouch

Muddy Boots Pre school, Bideford

The Lime Trees, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire

Willow brook Preschool, Nottingham

Early Years in School Award

Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery school

Penketh South Primary School, Warrington

Trinity Primary Academy

Nursery Group of the Year

Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery Group

Finkley Nurseries

Kindred Nurseries

Sleepy Hollow Group

Stars Day Nurseries Limited

Stramash Social Enterprise

Wolds Childcare Ltd

Childminding Business of the Year

Bonding School

Cally Smith Childcare, Richmond

Julie & Jo's Childcare

Titches Childminding, Whitchurch, Hampshire

Nursery Manager of the Year

Katie Duke, Tops Day Nurseries 

Nicky Willetts, Tops Day Nurseries          

Priya Patel, Inspire Montessori Schools 

Stacey McMorland, The Nursery at Whitehouse Farm ltd             

Steph Mattin-Moss, Nature Den Nursery Ipswich

Nursery Operations / Area Manager of the Year

Catherine Baker, Paint Pots Preschool & Nursery Ltd.     

Gemma Fletcher, Kidzrus Group

Michelle Gascoigne, Tynemouth Nursery Group

Sharon Thompson, Spring by Action For Children

Nursery Practitioner of the Year

Beth Cooper, Boston Nursery School        

Jojo Chuong, Snapdragons Nurseries Ltd

Lydia Roberts, The Lime Trees   

Megan Williams, Montessori Minds

Trainer of the Year

Amy Alderson and Drew Radford, Tops Day Nurseries    

Cheryl Bedding, Aperion Training            

Kym Scott, Place to Learn           

Liz Pemberton, The Black Nursery Manager Training & Consultancy  

Mine Conkbayir , Mine Conkbayir Consultancy   

Trisha Lee, MakeBelieve Arts

Childminder of the Year

Chelsie Orange, The Little Orange House             

Julie Dixon, Julie & Jo's Childcare            

Laura Perfetti, Playhood

Outstanding Contribution

Alison Owen, Bolton Start Well-Harvey Nursery 

Carole Henderson, Bright Horizons         

Katie Watson, Northumberland County Council 

Mandy Farrar, Diamond Wood Community Academy      

Sheila Kaye, Little Chums Nursery           

Ursula Krystek-Walton, Thrive Childcare and Education

Working With Parents

Banana Moon Day Nursery, Bromley

Childbase Partnership

Elmscot Day Nursery, Chester

Traquinas Childcare, Thetford,Norfolk

Inclusive Practice Award

Open University

The Nest @ Canterburys

Team Development Award

Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school Group

Grass Roots Private Day Nursery - Sowerby Bridge

Kilsby Preschool, Rugby

The Nature Den Nursery, Ipswich

Nursery Food

Each Peach Childcare, Newhaven

Imperial College London Early Years

Willow Tree Day Nursery

Enabling Environments Award

Ashbridge Nursery Hutton

Busy Bodies Child Care Centre Ltd Ludlow

Dandelion Education Limited Aylsham, Norfolk

Pebbles Childcare, Worthing

Online and Social Media Award

Banana Moon Day Nursery, Bromley

Eco Babe Private Day Nursery, Sale

The Old Forge Day Nursery, Derby

Traquinas Childcare, Thetford, Norfolk

TTS, Nottinghamshire

Community Support

Cherubs Nurseries, East Midlands

GNG Nursery

St Aubin Roath

Traquinas Childcare, Thetford, Norfolk

Health and Well-Being Award

Bright Horizons UK

Elmscot Day Nursery, Chester

Montessori Minds, Romford

The Children's Kitchen, Bristol

The Old Forge Day Nursery, Findern, Derbyshire

Woodlands Day Nursery, Timperley

Professional Book of the Year

A Guide to SEND in the Early Years by Kerry Murphy, Bloomsbury Education

Alphabet Rhyme Time by Michelle Larbey, Learnwell Trading Ltd

Discover Creativity with Babies by Louise Day, Routledge

How to recognise and support Mathematical Mastery in Young Children's Play. Learning from the 'Talk for Maths Mastery' Initiative by Di Chilvers (Ed), Routledge

Introduction to Neuroscience and Self-regulation in Early Years by Dr Mine Conkbayir, Hallmark Education 

Observing Gabby: Child Development and Learning, 0-7 Years by Cath Arnold, Open University Press

Playful Mathematics by Helen J Williams, SAGE Publishing

Business Development Award (New Category)

Alice Sharp Ltd

Bright Horizons

Munchkins Nursery

Smallville Nursery Ltd

The Oaks Day Nursery (Birmingham Day Nurseries)

Nanny of the Year

To be announced.

Early Years Apprentice of the Year (New Category)

Claire Ratcliffe, The Lime Trees 

Jack Bedder, SEND to Learn       

Leanne Rowlands, Kids Planet Day Nurseries      

Skye Stephens, Fit N Fun Kids

Pandemic Response Award (New Category)

Abacus Ark Nursery School

Wiggles and Giggles Nursery

Eco-Friendly Early Years Award

Childbase Partnership

Dandelion Education Ltd, Norfolk

Holly Grange Montessori Nursery (Lymm)

Jayne's Nursery

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) - Green LEYF

Working with Babies and Toddlers

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

Toddletown Day Nursery, Farncombe, Godalming

Lifetime Achievement

To be announced at the ceremony.