AWARDS 2021 JUDGES
Laura Henry-Allain is a global early education specialist who received an MBE
in 2020. She created JoJo and Gran Gran, featured on CBeebies, and is series associate producer and an international children’s media creator/ consultant. Laura is a vicepresident of Early Education.
Linda Keats is an Early Years Foundation Stage adviser who has worked in the sector for more than 25 years. Working with children from birth to three in nurseries and pre-schools, she is passionate about promoting early intervention and rich,
Nancy Stewart led the development of Birth to Five Matters, after a long career as a consultant and writer working with schools, children’s centres and PVI provision. She is a vice-president of Early Education, advised the Tickell Review, and co-produced the original Development Matters.
Neil Leitch is chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, the largest early years membership organisation in England. Neil has held several senior posts within the commercial environment. He received Nursery World’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Nicola Read is the owner of award-winning social media management company Babbl, which services the childcare and kids club sectors. Babbl increased one nursery’s turnover by 126% in five months. Nicola is a chair of governors, playgroup trustee and passionate about early years.
Penny Tassoni is an education consultant,
author and trainer. She has written more than 30 books and is the author of the best-selling Practical EYFS Handbook. Penny is also president of early years organisation PACEY.
Purnima Tanuku is chief executive of UK membership association, National Day Nurseries Association. Purnima works closely with ministers and senior civil servants and is a major contributor to the policy debate across the UK. She was awarded an OBE in 2011.
Rebecca Martland is an independent early years trainer, EYP, contributor to Early Years Educator magazine and a three-times Outstanding registered childminder, with more than 18 years’ experience. She is co-founder of a thriving local childminding association,
Sally Cave is headteacher of Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre in Surrey. She has previously worked as a consultant and as an early years regional advisor for National Strategies. Froebelian principles guide Sally’s work with children,
parents and staff.
Sarah Mackenzie is an early years trainer, EYP and operator specialising in group provision. With her passion for high quality pedagogy, Sarah is chief education and people offi cer at N Family Club, a new and growing nursery group rethinking early education.
Dr Stella Ram-Louis is a freelance early years trainer and consultant who has also worked as a nursery nurse, nursery manager and NNEB course co-ordinator. She has an MA, a doctorate in education and is a Froebelian-trained travelling tutor. Stella has a strong interest in schemas.
Dr Valerie Daniel is a maintained nursery school head teacher, with more than 30 years’ teaching experience. She is chair of the Birmingham Nursery Schools Collaboration
Trust (BNSCT). Valerie is a trained systems leader and leadership mentor for leaders in the early years sector.
JUDGES FOR NANNY OF THE YEAR
Wendy Scott is a Froebelian-trained teacher and received the NW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Wendy is honorary president of TACTYC and served on the
Nutbrown Review. She has worked with the British Council.
Frankie Gray Is founder and director of childcare and nanny agency Harmony at Home. She trained at Norland College.
Dr Janet Rose is Principal of Norland College and a well-known early years expert, who has had a longstanding career in early years.
Michelle Wigmore Is head of Chiltern Nursery and Training College. She is an experienced manager and leader in childcare and education.
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