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The Old Station Nursery in Filkins, on the border between Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, has been named as a top ten finalist in the National Day Nursery Association’s Nursery of the Year Awards.
The awards ceremony celebrates the contribution that good quality nurseries make to the lives of both children and their parents.
Five regional winners and one overall winner will be announced at the NDNA essential nursery conference in Birmingham on Thursday 21st June. The overall winner will receive £1,400 worth of vouchers from sponsor, Hope Education and the five regional winners will also receive £400 of vouchers from the sponsor to spend on nursery equipment.
Louise Jenkins, nursery manager of The Old Station Nursery in Filkins said: “We are delighted to have made it to this stage. A judge from the NDNA came to spend a morning with us and to talk to parents, staff and children before we were chosen; she wanted to see the nursery from parents’ point of view.
“This nomination meant so much to us as it was judged solely on parental opinion; out of our 45 registered children, we were delighted to receive 41 nominations for the award.
“Everyone here has a passion for working with children and helping them to develop into confident and happy individuals.
“The NDNA received more than 5,500 nominations from parents across the UK, so for us to be one of the top ten nurseries nationwide after they had whittled the entries down is testament to the work we do.”
The Old Station Nursery managing director, Sarah Steel said: “The Filkins setting has blossomed under Louise’s management and all the staff - and the children who pass through our doors - are a credit to her work. It comes as no surprise to me that such as well run nursery as Filkins has made it through to the top ten finalists. I am very proud of all the staff there.”
Purnima Tanuku OBE, chief executive of the NDNA, said: “As usual there has been a fantastic response to the awards and we have received a record number of nominations from parents.
“It is great to read the nominations and see how nurseries make a real difference to the lives of parents and children; it reflects the how many high-quality day nurseries there are in the UK. All the shortlisted nurseries and practitioners are of an extremely high standard so choosing overall winners will be a real challenge.”
Louise Jenkins, who has been manager of The Old Station Nursery in Filkins for four years, scooped the Business Person of the Year 2012 at Fairford and Lechlade Business Club in January and nursery worker Lynda Bon was named runner up Nursery Practitioner of the Year in the 2011 NDNA awards.
Photo: Louise Jenkins, nursery manager of The Old Station Nursery in Filkins