High praise for nursery school

The team celebrates (from left): Stallingborough manager Maxine Dobson, director Theresa Ellerby, head of early years Jo Robinson and development manager Nathan Archer.
The team celebrates (from left): Stallingborough manager Maxine Dobson, director Theresa Ellerby, head of early years Jo Robinson and development manager Nathan Archer.

A NURSERY is celebrating after being highly commended for two awards at a national competition.

Lincolnshire Montessori in Caistor was highly commended in the team development and early years professional of the year categories at the Nursery World Awards.

The nursery impressed judges with its ‘growing together’ project and head of early years, Jo Robinson, was recognised for her work with young children.

Director Theresa Ellerby said: “We are thrilled to be commended in the awards. In a climate when funds are tight and training is not as plentiful as it was, we are working hard to ensure our team keep growing and learning.”

Jo Robinson said: “I was very happy to be shortlisted, and even more so to be commended for my work.”

Montessori focuses on the capacity of children to absorb information when given the freedom and independence to learn at their own pace.

And it is not the first time Lincolnshire Montessori has been recognised at the Nursery World awards.

Nursery World spokesman Liz Roberts said: “They have consistently done well in our awards – they’ve won several times and are a very high quality organisation.

“To be a finalist you are seen as one of the best in the early years sector.

“These people are unsung heroes who deserve to have the spotlight shone on their achievements and be congratulated.”

Tots on Tour, run by Sara Sprague, from Walesby, and Welton’s Fiona Cann, made it to the final. The organisation, which helps children become confident communicators, was shortlisted for its Growing Talk Family Programme.

Sara said: “We were delighted to be a finalist. It was quite a large category and we were in the last four – that itself was a big achievement.”