University hosts prestigious childcare awards
Wrexham Childcare Awards brought together the cream of the sector for a glittering ceremony at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Industry representatives were out in force at the Catrin Finch Centre to support those receiving awards against the 10 categories, with over 100 people in attendance.
Among those presenting awards were Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, Councilor William Baldwin, Lead Member for Children’s Services, University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, and Associate Head of School, Sue Horder.
In his opening address Ian Lucas noted the importance of the childcare sector continuing to strive for excellence. “We must make sure that all childcare in Wrexham is of the highest quality for our children and we must continue to press onwards with making the improvement which will allow us to achieve our aspirations. I encourage you to reflect on what you have personally contributed to all those children who have passed through your care over the years. Remind yourself of what drives you. Take time to remember all that you and your colleagues and friends have achieved. Not only is tonight a celebration of collective achievement, excellent and innovative practice across the sector, but it a time to think about our individual contribution.”
This is the fourth year Wrexham Family Information Service (WFIS) Childcare Team have held the celebration as a way to recognise the excellence and achievements of the area’s childcare industry. In creating the Awards they wanted to show their appreciation for the work that goes on in the arena across the county, to recognise and celebrate best practice, as well as promoting high quality and finding out what families really think about Wrexham’s childcare providers.
Among those to pick up trophies on the night were The Ventrue Flying Start Group, Acton Children’s and Family Centre, Rhostyllen Out of School Club and the prestigious Nursery of the Year award was received by an emotional team from The Park Pre School, Is Y Coed.
In presenting the Volunteer of the Year award, a new accolade for this year, John Gallanders, Chief Officer for AVOW said that it was “the outstanding commitment provided by individuals who dedicate their own time to support the operations and quality of childcare provision is truly inspiring. Many of these individuals work behind the scenes and provide the solid foundations for the excellence of childcare”. Debbie Williams of St Mary’s Playgroup Wrexham was the inaugural recipient of this award.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Playgroup of the Year – Marford Playgroup
Nursery of the Year – The Park Pre-School Is Y Coed
Out of School Club of the Year – Playmates, Gwersyllt
Childminder of the Year – Debbie Hughes
Holiday Club of the Year - Groundwork North Wales
Children’s Choice – Rhostyllen Out of School Club
Volunteer of the Year – Debbie Williams
Inclusive Practice Award – Acton Park Wraparound Care
Parents’ Choice – The Venture Flying Start
Welsh Language Development – Cylch Meithrin Maes Y Gornel