A nursery manager in East Lothian has been selected as a finalist for a top Scottish nursery award.
Vicky Richardson, who has worked at Fenton Barns Nursery near North Berwick for three years, has been shortlisted as nursery manager of the year in the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards
Vicky was nominated by nursery owners Caroline Freeman and Nicola Simpson, following support and recommendations from parents, staff and children alike.
She has worked in childcare for 14 years, has completed a number of SVQ qualifications and is currently working towards a PDA Level 9 in Childhood Practice.
Vicky said: “I was delighted, if a little humbled, to be nominated and shortlisted for this award. I simply enjoy my job here at Fenton Barns Nursery and I am dedicated to supporting children to develop their skills and social understanding in early learning and childcare.
“I like to think I am a very hands-on manager and am involved in all aspects of nursery practice.
“I am a great believer in the importance of children learning through play in an outdoor environment and love to watch the children thrive through their natural curiosity and confidence.”
Fenton Barns Nursery is a childcare facility in purpose-built premises within East Lothian, where the emphasis is firmly on the outdoors, healthy living and local food.
Nicola Simpson, co-founder and owner of Fenton Barns Nursery, said: “Vicky’s fellow staff and all our parents and children admire and respect her approach to nursery management and it was an obvious decision for us to nominate her for this award.
“She cleverly combines hands-on interaction with the children with efficient and creative management of the nursery and is a true asset to the team.”
Award winners will be presented with their trophies at a gala night next month. The Scottish NMT Nursery Awards is an annual event organised by Nursery Management Today, a business publication in the nursery sector and sponsored by key companies providing services in the sector.
The awards are designed to discover and reward the best people in the Scottish nursery sector. There were 11 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category with two independent judges.