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Welcome to the Early Years Wales Awards 2019

The change from Wales Pre-school Providers Association to Early Years Wales is an important milestone in our organisation’s history. It marks the journey that we have taken and reflects who we are and what we do. Most importantly of all, it defines who we do it for.

To commemorate this milestone, we are very excited to announce that our first ever Early Years Wales Awards Ceremony, will be taking place on the 8th May at the spectacular Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire.

The Early Years Wales Awards have been designed to bring to the forefront the passion and dedication our members bring to the childcare sector in Wales. We believe our members lead the way in setting the standard for everyone within our industry – this is your chance to be recognised and celebrated.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to join us at the event for Afternoon Tea (to include travel for up to 2 people per setting).

Our winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges that is representative of the organisations that make up the sector. The judges will have the knowledge and experience to assess each entry according to its objectives.

So, without further ado, click here to begin your nomination(s)

Good luck,

Jane Alexander,

CEO Early Years Wales

Categories

Award 1 – Early Years Wales Setting of the Year A setting who is driven by their passion for supporting Early Years children and quality childcare. The main focus is to produce a safe, clean, stimulating environment where children are encouraged to play, learn and thrive. The setting holds their staff in the highest regard and has excellent links with parents, external partners and the local community. They have achieved or are working towards an Early Years Wales QfA award, external reports such as Estyn, Care Inspectorate of Wales (CIW) are of high standard.

Award 2 – Early Years Wales Innovator of the Year A setting or person who uses new or different ways of delivering early years childcare. This could include environmental or health and well-being initiatives, ways of linking with parents, external partners and/or the local community or a new way of enhancing a child’s opportunity to play, learn and thrive.

Award 3 – Early Years Wales Practitioner of the Year An outstanding staff member who is dedicated to their job role and is passionate about caring for children and encouraging them to play, learn and thrive. They show commitment to providing a high quality, safe and stimulating childcare environment, they put the child in the centre of all they do – going above and beyond their role. They are a good role model and mentor to other staff, they have excellent working relationships with staff, parents, external agencies and positive community links.

Award 4 – Early Years Wales Volunteer of the Year An outstanding individual who goes above and beyond to donate their time to the early years sector. They show a passion for childcare and volunteer their free time to make a difference, they could work within the setting or be a valued member of the committee.

Award 5 – Early Years Wales Learner of the Year This award recognises individuals who clearly demonstrate progression and excellence within the Early Years sector. This can include apprenticeships, childcare qualifications and Welsh language skills. This award is open to all staff including new starters.

How to Enter

Entries for the Early Years Wales Awards 2019 are now open!

To nominate or be nominated is easy

  • Nominations are accepted from yourself, parents, staff or anyone who recognises the quality of the service you provide
  • Choose one or more award category you / your organisation would like to enter from the full list of categories
  • Carefully read the guidance
  • Complete and submit your entry online – ensuring you respond to the criteria as set out within each category, keeping within the set word count
  • Upon submission, supplementary documents may be requested in support of your nomination such as evaluations, inspection reports, testimonials or press cuttings and / or photographs to back up statements. It is clearly understood that in some cases entries may include commercially sensitive information
  • Nominations must be received by 5pm on 12th April 2019, nominations received after this time will not be considered

Who should enter? Five awards will be presented during the day and you can nominate for as many categories as you wish.

  • All nominated settings must be current members of Early Years Wales
  • All nominated persons must work / volunteer in a setting who is a member of Early Years Wales

Important Notes

  • Winners and nominees of Awards must agree to have their names, photographs and case studies used for publicity and promotion of the event, details will be used across Early Years Wales social media accounts, website and publications.
  • The Award panel will be made up of staff, trustees, members of Early Years Wales and an external representative from the sector. All panel members will be required to complete a conflict of interest and confidentiality form.

A copy of our terms and conditions can be found here

Terms and Conditions

The Early Years Wales Awards have been designed to bring to the forefront the passion and dedication our members bring to the childcare sector in Wales.

We believe our members lead the way in setting the standard for everyone within our industry – this is your chance to be recognised and celebrated.

We will be awarding excellence in five categories:

  • Early Years Wales Setting of the Year
  • Early Years Wales Innovator of the Year
  • Early Years Wales Practitioner of the Year
  • Early Years Wales Volunteer of the Year
  • Early Years Wales Learner of the Year

Terms and Conditions

  1. All Nominees must have current membership of Early Years Wales, or be a staff member or volunteer within an Early Years Wales member setting
  2. Nominations are welcome from everyone, nominators must supply contact details on the nomination form, no anonymous nominations will be accepted.
  3. Upon submission, supplementary documents may be requested in support of your nomination such as evaluations, inspection reports, testimonials or press cuttings and / or photographs to back up statements. It is clearly understood that in some cases entries may include commercially sensitive information
  4. There will be no cost to enter the Awards.
  5. Employees of Early Years Wales are not eligible to be nominated for any awards
  6. Nominations must be received by 5pm on 12th April 2019, nominations received after this time will not be considered
  7. All member settings and staff that have been nominated will be contacted to obtain their written permission to continue with the nomination
  8. Should a nominee wish to withdraw from the Awards process this must be done in writing via email to EarlyYearsWalesAwards2019@earlyyears.wales by 19th April 2019
  9. Nominators may be contacted by the Awards panel
  10. Each award category will have a short list of two nominees. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a members awards event in North Wales on 8th May 2019. A travel bursary will be available to each nominee and a guest.
  11. Winners and nominees of Awards must agree to have their names, photographs and case studies used for publicity and promotion of the event, details will be used across Early Years Wales social media accounts, website and publications.
  12. The Award panel will be made up of staff, trustees, members of Early Years Wales and an external representative from the sector. All panel members will be required to complete a conflict of interest and confidentiality form.
  13. Early Years Wales reserves the right to withdraw any or all Awards
  14. Shortlisted nominees will be announced and invitations to the awards event will be issued in the week commencing 19th April 2019
  15. Decisions of the Awards panel are final, and no further communication will be entered into.

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Contact

For all enquiries please contact:

EarlyYearsWalesAwards2019@earlyyears.wales

029 2045 1242

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