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You are all heroes

Welcome to our special publication featuring the inspirational stories of all the winners of the Nursery World Awards 2020, the top accolades for the early years sector. Our latest set of awards has been announced rather later than originally planned, and our ceremony was a digital event rather than the usual glamorous gathering in a central London venue – I’m sure you understand the reasons why!

4 Judging panel

7 Nursery of the Year

9 Early Years in School

11 Nursery Group of the Year

13 Pre-school of the Year

15 Childminding Business of the Year

However, I do hope you were able to attend our virtual presentation on 4 February to be part of a glittering, joyful celebration worthy of your achievements and excellence. Certainly, everyone in the early years sector deserves an award after the unparalleled challenges and stresses of the past year. You are all heroes for the way that you have responded in the Covid-19 pandemic to do your best for young children and their families, often putting yourselves at risk, and frequently without the support and recognition you deserve. Nursery World will continue to champion the need for higher status, better pay and more respect for early years practitioners and the vital role they play. Our Awards certainly reinforce the worth of the early years sector, by highlighting the very best practice to be found and rewarding such dedicated professionals. Given the difficulties faced by early years settings and services as the pandemic continued, it was especially impressive to see hundreds of you come up with passionately written, detailed entries to illustrate your fantastic practice, many focusing on moving stories of your endeavours over the past year. For 2020, we introduced a new category, Eco-Friendly Early Years, to reflect the growing importance of and interest in sustainable approaches and education, and this attracted some wonderful entries. Other particularly strong categories included Nursery of the Year, Nursery Group of the Year, Nursery Manager of the Year, and Enabling Environments, although there were outstanding entries right across the Awards. A huge thank you to our panel of expert judges – leading consultants, trainers, authors, providers, leaders and academics whose experience and knowledge were used to the full in our video judging sessions. And to our sponsors who have given their much-valued support to our Awards. Here’s to better times to come for us all… Liz Roberts Editor of Nursery World Chair of judges contents

17 Nursery Manager of the Year

18 Nursery Practitioner of the Year

19 Nursery Operations/Regional

Manager of the Year

21 Trainer of the Year

23 Childminder of the Year

25 Nanny of the Year

26 Newcomer of the Year

27 Outstanding Contribution

28 Lifetime Achievement

29 Working with Parents

31 Health & Well-being

32 Enabling Environments

35 Inclusive Practice

36 Eco-Friendly Early Years

37 Working with Babies and Toddlers

38 Nursery Food

39 Community Support

40 Team Development

41 Online and Social Media

42 Professional Books

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