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Our panel of leading early years experts convened on Zoom once more this year for a series of lively and rigorous debates about the hundreds of high-quality entries received for the 2021 Awards. With the challenges of the pandemic still affecting the sector, our judges are delighted to be able to highlight and reward the very best practice.

We are grateful for their hard work!

Dr Amy Page is chair of PACEY. After practising as a paediatric doctor for many years, Amy qualified as an EYP and moved into childminding for six years. She then became regional manager of a group of pre-schools, day nurseries and after-school clubs. Amy currently works for a medical insurance company.

Anne O’Connor taught in early years settings in London primary schools for more than 20 years before becoming an independent consultant, trainer and writer. She is an associate of Early Education. She also co-founded and is a principal consultant with Primed for Life

Training Associates.

David Wright is an early years teacher and co-owner of the Paint

Pots Nurseries group in Southampton. He is an advocate for male inclusion in early years settings, and is co-author of the 2018 published book Men in Early Years Settings: Building a Mixed

Gender Workforce.

Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education, having worked in the sector for more than 39 years as a nursery nurse, teacher, senior lecturer, adviser and National Strategies regional adviser. She has written several books and created an assessment tool called the

Development Map.

Edwina Revel is the programme director for nutrition at Early Start Group, supporting nurseries to achieve standards of nutrition excellence. She has developed Association for Nutrition certified training covering menu planning and nutrition for young children.

Helen Moylett is an early years trainer, consultant and writer. At National Strategies, she was centrally involved in developing the EYFS and led Every Child a Talker. She is a vice-president of Early Education and received Nursery World’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Jane Harrison is director of Red Hen Day Nursery, which has national accolades for outstanding provision on a working farm. Jane has a first-class degree in early childhood and is an advocate for children’s healthy lifestyles. Her nursery has won three Nursery World


Jo Caswell is a former Ofsted HMI Early

Years and worked as an inspector and senior manager for 20 years. She is now an early years consultant, writer and trainer. Jo has over 30 years’ experience in early years roles, including nursery manager and Reception teacher.

John Warren is a director of the Toddletown

Nursery group and new Toddleworld Franchise company. He has worked for large groups of nurseries at director level and has experience in every aspect of the early years, including as a nursery practitioner. John has also been an Ofsted inspector.

Dr Jools Page is senior early years lecturer at the University of Brighton. She worked with young children and families for more than three decades. Jools developed the internationally recognised concept of ‘Professional Love’ and specialises in adult/infant and toddler relationships in day care.

Julie Mountain is a specialist early years landscape designer and educator. She is former operations director at Learning through Landscapes,

and her company, Play Learning Life, works alongside schools, settings and families to make the most of outdoor learning.

Dr Lala Manners has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field of early years physical development and movement studies – as practitioner, researcher, educator, writer and trainer. She is author of the Early Years Movement Handbook and a regular contributor to

Nursery World.

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