The Cheshire Day Nursery @ Winwick's Manager is a finalist in the national Nursery World Awards 2017.
Mum-of-two Rachael Richards said she was ‘shocked, but delighted’ to have been shortlisted for the ‘Nursery Manager of the Year’ Award from hundreds of entries across the UK.
“It’s amazing recognition and I am so grateful to nursery owners Brenda Burling and Julie Mannering, my Deputy Manager Tracey Spiers, and to all of the team for nominating me,” added Rachael, whose 18-month-old son Dexter attends the nursery.
“I have had some truly lovely messages of support from our parents since the shortlist was announced, and I am excited for the finals in September!”
The Old Church setting on Hollins Drive was acquired by The Cheshire Day Nursery Group in May 2015. Our owners immediately embarked upon an intensive programme of refurbishment both indoors and outdoors – creating an inspiring and engaging environment.
We have since introduced Forest School to the Winwick site; dedicated, highly qualified and specifically trained practitioners are bringing this challenging educational programme to all of the children within the nursery.
“Rachael is absolutely deserving of this national recognition because she has embraced the new developments which came along following the change in ownership,” says our Group Director Julie Mannering.
“Under Rachael’s leadership, occupancy figures have doubled – and even though the nursery team has already tripled, we’re still actively looking for more Nursery Practitioners in response to the demand.
‘Rachael has created a fabulous environment where all our children can flourish and reach their own individual potential.
‘The Nursery World Awards are about shining a light on best practice in the early years sector, and are chosen by a prominent panel of expert judges. We are, therefore, also delighted to reveal our Group is a finalist in the ‘Nursery Group of the Year’ Award, and our Latchford Kindergarten is an ‘Enabling Environments’ Award finalist too!”
The Nursery World Awards will be presented at The Brewery in London on 23 September.
The Cheshire Day Nursery and Kindergarten, which is on Grammar School Road, Latchford was recently ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Nursery of the Year’ category at the National Day Nurseries Association Awards 2017.