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PACEY members nominated for Nursery World Awards

Four PACEY members have been nominated in this year’s Nursery World Awards, to be held at The Brewery, in central London, on Saturday 26 September.

Sharon Collier, from Enfield, and Maisie Collin’s setting ‘Maisie Poppins’ in Hackney, London, have both been nominated for the Childminder of the Year award.

While Darren and Rebecca Elliott’s Leeds-based setting Kidspiration, has been nominated in the category: Provision for Two-Year-Olds.

Sharon Collier said: “I feel privileged and honoured to have been chosen to become one of the two finalists for Childminder of the Year from the many entries Nursery World received.”

Maisie Collin said: “We are very honoured and grateful to be nominated for the childminder of the year award. Whether we come second or first, it makes us feel excited, proud and humbled to be recognised and acknowledged in this way.

“We would like to point out there are many thousands of wonderful childminders out there, and we hope that events such as these raise the profile and professional status for everyone involved.”

Darren Elliott of Kidspiration, said: “We are delighted to be nominated and are very much looking forward to the awards ceremony. Our business has been running for just over a year and it has been a real team effort. For our first Ofsted inspection we received an outstanding grade, which is a really fantastic achievement and I am so proud of all our staff.”

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said: “On behalf of all at PACEY, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of those shortlisted for the Nursery World Awards.

“There is so much talent and dedication in the world of childcare, with practitioners taking on enormous responsibility, working long hours with almost no down time, and often for little financial reward.

“I wish our nominated members the best of luck on the evening, but would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for the wonderful and essential job they do every day.”

PACEY President, Penny Tassoni, will be presenting the Outstanding Contribution award on the evening, while PACEY Chair Jane Comeau will be presenting the Childminder of the Year award.

If you are a PACEY member that has been nominated but have not been mentioned above, please let us know, as we would like to offer our congratulations.

Full list of nominees