Tommies Childcare Awards Ceremony 2018 – The Winners


The winners of the Tommies Childcare Awards 2018 were announced on Saturday night (3rd November) in a ceremony at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry, with staff across all Tommies Childcare nurseries in attendance.

The Tommies Childcare Awards help to recognise those individuals who have gone above and beyond in their roles and have worked towards the vision of the organisation and succeeded. More than 600 nominations were received for this year’s awards – our highest ever.

This year’s ceremony was extra special as it also helped to celebrate Tommies Childcare’s 20th year since it was formed in 1998.

Take a look at all the winners below:

Nursery of the Year

From Left: Amy Johnson, Emma Bull, Nikki-Lea Kay, Caroline Fooks, Anna Biddlestone, Amy Craddock

Winner: The Old School

“The Nursery of the Year award recognises the overall success or progress made by one of our nurseries. Since a change in management in 2017, The Old School has been put firmly on the map. Both the management and staff team have worked extremely hard to develop themselves and their setting to ensure they are working towards the goals and aims of the organisation.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Nursery Manager of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Kim Ellis

Winner: Kim Ellis (Flutterbies)

Shortlist: Anna Biddlestone (Arbury)

“Our Nursery Managers play a key part in the organisation’s long-term success. This role should not be underestimated, as the skills and attributes required to fulfil this role successfully are few and far between. Kim Ellis has committed herself to the job in hand. She is one of the most loyal managers I have had the pleasure to work with and what she has achieved in the last three years is something that should be acknowledge and celebrated.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Deputy Manger of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Angela Brady

Winner: Angela Brady (Flutterbies)

Shortlist: Amy Craddock (The Old School), Amy-Lee Mackay (Westhill Corner)

“The role of Deputy Manager is one of the most challenging roles to fulfil. Being the Nursery Manager’s right hand person whilst working alongside nursery staff can bring its own set of challenges. Angela approaches her work with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. Angela has made a huge impact to the nursery she works at and I know that her manager, Kim, would be lost without her support and dedication.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Third in Charge/Room Leader of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Nikki-Lea Kay

Winner: Nikki-Lea Kay (The Old School)

Shortlist: Polly Hale (Westhill Corner), Rachael Duckworth (Westhill Corner)

“Any role in management is never easy, but is crucial to the success of any organisation. Nikki has worked for Tommies Childcare for 2 years and during this time has progressed into the role of Room Leader. I have personally seen the positive impact that she has had on the Pre-school Room in the nursery she works and she is fully deserving of this award.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Progression Award

From Left: Maria Barroso Camacha, Caroline Fooks, Kim Rea, Jade Martin, Tamara Franklin, Kasey Avery

Winner: Field House

“The Progression Award aims to recognise an individual or setting that has been significant progress over the last 12 months. Field House have faced a challenging year, however when faced with adversity have come through to be even stronger and I look forward to seeing what they will go on to achieve in the next 12 months.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Innovative Environments Award

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Amy-Lee Mackay, Rachel Underhill

Winner, Baby Room: Westhill Corner

Shortlist, Baby Room: Four Brooks, The Old School

From Left: Lisa Kneebone, Allease Wall

Winner, Toddler Room: Arbury

Shortlist, Toddler Room: Flutterbies, Westhill Corner

From Left: Nicci Porter, Caroline Fooks, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Kayleigh Ballard

Winner, Pre-school Room: Flutterbies

Shortlist, Pre-school Room: Field House, The Old School

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Sarah Wellington

Winner, Garden: Westhill Corner

Shortlist, Garden: Flutterbies, The Old School

“This award celebrates the achievements of one room or area at any nursery where staff have embraced the company’s ethos and vision through an ongoing commitment to their environments. Three nurseries were shortlisted for each room in our nurseries. A huge congratulations goes to this year’s winners.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Outstanding Nursery Practitioner

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Rachel Underhill

Winner: Rachel Underhill (Westhill Corner)

Shortlist: Nicci Porter (Flutterbies), Stacey Scott (Westhill Corner)

“This award is always one of our most popular awards and receives some of the highest number of nominations across all categories. Nursery Practitioners make up 80% of our workforce. They are those individuals delivering our service on the front line. They work tirelessly to ensure that children receive the best possible care and experiences. Rachel Underhill is completely committed to her role as Nursery Practitioner and despite working part time gives 100% whenever she is at the nursery.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Bank Staff Practitioner of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Paresha Parmer

Winner: Paresha Parmer

Shortlist: Gurvinder Mann, Tamara Franklin

“This award aims to recognise those individuals who work as part of our Bank Staff team. Bank Staff are an integral part of our business and help our nurseries with their staffing needs. Paresha has been the shoulder that our nurseries lean on during difficult times, and is fully deserving of this award.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Trainee of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Sharon Butcher

Winner: Sharon Butcher (Four Brooks)

Shortlist: Demi Ashby (Arbury), Rebecca O’Sullivan (Flutterbies)

“This award recognises those individuals who are training to achieve their childcare qualification. Sharon is committed to her role within the Out of School Club at Four Brooks, and strives to create the very best experiences for all children. Sharon has grown in confidence over the last 12 months and I have personally seen a positive change in her contribution to her work.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director

Newcomer of the Year

From Left: Caroline Fooks, Kayleigh Ballard

Winner: Kayleigh Ballard (Flutterbies)

Shortlist: Amy Johnson (The Old School), Christina Wincott (Westhill Corner)

“This award recognises the contribution of our newest members to our staff teams. However, during their short time with us, they have embraced the vision and ethos of the company and supported this through their practice. Kayleigh has a positive attitude which shines through in her work with the children. In the short time she has been at Flutterbies, she has become a key member of the team, and I am delighted to present her with this award.” – Danielle Butler, Operations Director


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