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Early Years Wales Awards 2020

Welcome to the Early Years Wales Awards 2020

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.

This year’s awards ceremony will be taking place at The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on 12th June 2020 in the evening and we will be revealing the name of our guest speaker soon so get your glad rags ready and join us for a celebration!

Following the success of the Early Years Wales Awards 2019 we are proud to let you know that Towergate Insurance are sponsoring this year’s event so a huge thank you to them. We have worked together with Towergate for many years and look forward to sharing our evening with them.

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.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to join us at our Awards celebration evening (to include travel for up to 2 people per setting).

So, without further ado, get nominating!

Good luck,
Jane Alexander, CEO
Early Years Wales

Award Categories 2020

All Nominated settings must be current members of Early Years Wales

All nominated persons must work or volunteer in a setting who is a member of Early Years Wales

Award 1 – Early Years Wales Setting of the Year
A setting who is driven by their passion for working with 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 and external reports such as Estyn, Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) are of high standard.

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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 wellbeing 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. This could also be a voluntary setting who is not registered with CIW such as a Parent and Toddler Group.

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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, multiple agencies and positive community links.

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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.

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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 participation in apprenticeships, childcare qualifications and Welsh language skills. This award is open to all staff including new starters.

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2019 Winners

Early Years Setting of the Year

Abacus Day Nursery, Swansea

This award was looking for a setting driven by their passion for supporting Early Years children and quality childcare.

Abacus Day Nursery oozes passion! A bilingual setting where the health & well-being of children & staff is paramount. The setting places a strong emphasis on staff training and CPD and amongst many other awards it holds a Highly Commended QfA accreditation and holds Healthy & Sustainable Pre-school Status. It has excellent links with parents, the community and external partners such as Team Around the Family (TAF). Ultimately the setting promotes a holistic, child-centered approach where children are encouraged to develop in a nurturing environment.

Early Years Wales Innovator of the Year 

Chuckles Nursery, Newport

This award was looking for new or different ways of delivering early years childcare.

Chuckles Nursery in Newport were the first nursery in their area to open at 6am and on bank holidays. A review of their pricing & session structure now enables parents to have an 8 – 12-hour day starting at 6am through to 10am at a standard hourly rate, resulting in a higher uptake. This amongst many initiatives made Chuckles stand out to the judges.

Early Years Wales Practitioner of the Year

Marion Lloyd Chambers from Borthyn Bunnies, Denbighshire

This award was looking for a dedicated, passionate & committed professional who puts the child at the centre of everything they do.

Marion has recently been promoted to acting Playgroup Leader. Her naturally calm and gentle approach encourages the children to learn independently and they feel confident learning through trial and error. Marion’s all-round positive and happy attitude also impacts on her colleagues and the parents! By going above and beyond what is required in her planning and activities, sees the children thrive.

Early Years Wales Volunteer of the Year

Claire Drake Brockman from Llandogo Early Years, Monmouthshire

This award was looking for a passionate and outstanding individual who goes above and beyond to donate their time to the early years sector.

Claire Drake Brockman (aka Miss Daisy) was our deserved winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award. She has been a huge part of Llandogo for many years, her work with the children – gardening, storytelling, arts and crafts etc was recognised by Estyn as having an Excellent impact on the children’s well-being in the settings last inspection.

Early Years Wales Learner of the Year

Rachel Cinderby from Cynfran Playgroup, Conwy

This award was looking to recognise an individual who had demonstrated progression and excellence within the Early Years sector.

Rachel Cinderby was awarded the Learner of the Year Award because of her commitment and dedication to Cynfran Playgroup. As a volunteer she has paid and trained for her CCLD Level 2 and is about to start her Level 3.

She has also completed a 10-week Elklan speech and language course, a first aid course, food safety, safeguarding and many other short courses. Nothing is too much trouble for Rachel.

Highly commended

Early Years Wales Learner of the Year: Lucy McConnell from The Croft Playgroup, Flintshire

Early Years Wales Volunteer of the Year: Sylvia Parker from Ysgol Feithrin Conwy, Conwy

Early Years Wales Innovator of the Year: Marford Little Explorers, Wrexham

Early Years Wales Practitioner of the Year: Carly Baker, Tudno Playschool, Conwy

Early Years Wales Setting of the Year: Lullabyz Nursery, Newport

2019 Gallery

To see all the images from the 2019 ceremony, please click here

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How to enter 2020

Entries for the Early Years Wales Awards 2020 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 terms and conditions
  • 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 will be requested from the nominator and the nominee in support of your nomination. It is clearly understood that in some cases entries may include commercially sensitive information
  • Nominations must be received by 5pm on 1st March 2020, nominations received after this time will not be considered

Who should enter?

Five awards will be presented during the evening 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

  • Should a nominee wish to withdraw from the Awards process this must be done in writing via email to info@earlyyears.wales by 20th March 2020
  • 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.

Terms and Conditions 2020

Early Years Wales 2020

The Early Years Wales Awards have been designed to bring to the forefront the passion and dedication our members bring to the early years, childcare and play 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:

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 anyone*. Nominators must supply contact details on the nomination form, no anonymous nominations will be accepted.
  3. Previous Early Years Wales Award winners who are nominated for the same Award in successive years will need to show evidence of progression or change.
  4. *Employees of Early Years Wales are not eligible to be nominated or make a nomination for any awards
  5. There will be no cost to enter the Awards.
  6. Nominations must be received by 5pm on 1st March 2020. Nominations received after this time will not be considered
  7. All member settings and staff that have been nominated will be contacted by 3rd March 2020 to inform them of their nomination and to obtain their written permission to continue with the nomination
  8. All nominees and nominators will be contacted by 3rd March 2020 and invited to submit evidence to support their nomination, this will consist of
  • Minimum 3 photos and/or a 2 minute video (with confirmation that permission has been gained from all participants)
  • Minimum of two parent/child testimonials that support the nomination category
  • Evidence that summarises the strengths of the nominated person/setting and supports and tells us why   this award should be made (no more than 1000 words)
  • Details of any Quality Assurance scheme, Investors in People Awards etc that the setting holds or if an individual, details of relevant qualifications held
  1. All evidence will only be accepted electronically via earlyyearswalesawards2020@earlyyears.wales
  2. All evidence must be submitted by 5pm on 15th March 2020 and evidence received after this time will be excluded from the judging process.
  3. Should a nominee wish to withdraw from the Awards process this must be done in writing via email to earlyyearswalesawards2020@earlyyears.wales by 20th March 2020
  4. Nominators may be contacted by the Awards panel
  5. Each award category will have a shortlist of two nominees. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a members awards event in Cardiff on 12th June 2020. A travel bursary will be available to each nominee and a guest.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Early Years Wales reserves the right to withdraw any or all Awards
  9. Shortlisted nominees will be announced and invitations to the awards event will be issued in the week commencing 11th May 2020
  10. Decisions of the Awards panel are final, and no further communication will be entered into.
  11. For information on how Early Years Wales handle your data please see our Privacy Policy: https://earlyyears.wales/privacy-policy/

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Sponsorship

Supporting the Early Years Wales Awards gives your organisation the chance to sponsor an award category in the top accolades for early years education and childcare.

Sponsorship provides an unrivalled national stage in which to position your organisation as an authority in a particular aspect of early years. The sponsorship package comprises significant pre- and post-event publicity as awell as a strong presence at the ceremony itself, which is attended by 100 professionals  and decision makers.

Sponsorship also enables organisations to show their support for the sector.

To enquire about sponsoring our 2021 event please email: info@earlyyears.wales or phone: 029 2045 1242

Contact

For all enquiries please email: info@earlyyears.wales or phone: 029 2045 1242

Event Sponsor

Award Sponsors