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'Best of the Best’ Awards 2018

Nineties pop sensation, Five, may have been the head-line act but it was Childbase Partnership employees who were the stars of the show in a ‘Best of the Best’ annual awards ceremony.

The music festival themed event in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall in Northampton, for over 800 celebrated exceptional contributions from partners working in offices and playrooms in 41 day nurseries in the South of England – mostly rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ – and Head Office in Newport Pagnell.

Mike Thompson, Chairman of the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership, described the winners as the ‘Best of the Best’ and trophies were presented by Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Chairman’s Award – (L-R) Kim Hambridge (Sandfield), Michelle Nokes (Cedars) Kirsty Whetton (Head Office), Mike Thompson, Founder and Chairman.

Nursery of the Year – Woodlands, Milton Keynes

Outstanding Practitioner – Aisling Fitzgerald, Grasshoppers, Aylesbury

‘Commitment to continuous improvement’ – Devonshire, Chiswick

Caterpillars Team of the Year – Grasshoppers, Aylesbury

Ladybirds Team of the Year – Lavenders, Bedford

Bumblebees Team of the Year – Nursery on the Green, Southall

Pre-school Team of the Year – Brinds Well, Kent

Catering Team of the Year – Highfield, Birmingham

Best supporting Role – Manjeet Sall, Nursery on the Green, Southall

Nursery Management Team of the Year – Westwood