Revered US President Abraham Lincoln described education as “the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in”.
All the more reason for young children, right at the start of their lives, to be given the best possible start in education.
In recognition of this, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards has a category for Pre-School of the Year.
Rewarding dedication, innovation and application shown by nurseries and pre-schools across south-east Lincolnshire, the award is sponsored by Riverside Training, of Spalding.
Its contracts and marketing manager Finlay Bulbeck said: “We offer a variety of training courses to suit your needs whether you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship or updating your current skills, then we can help.
“We are accredited by Cache, formerly the National Nursery Examination Board, Northern Council for Further Education, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Futurequals and Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations.
“Riverside Training offers courses in accountancy, child care, business administration, team leading, management, supporting teaching and learning in schools, and much more.
“Our staff will provide you with advice and guidance regarding all our training programmes and will discuss with you which programmes are suitable for your needs.
“When you have commenced our programmes, we are always available to offer our learners ongoing support throughout their training with us and are always available for extra guidance when required.”
Since the award was introduced in 2015, some of the area’s leading providers of early years education have been named Pre-School of the Year.
The Willows Day Nursery, Fleet Hargate, Swineshead Pre-School Centre and Cinder Ash Pre-School, Long Sutton, have all seen their names added to the list of winners over the last three years.
Suzie Bulbeck, director of Riverside Training, said: “These annual awards are a fantastic celebration of those who go above and beyond to promote excellence within our pre-schools, primary and secondary schools across South Holland, the Deepings, Bourne and villages south of Boston.
“The awards recognise and reward a host of inspiring and innovating individuals and teams, the unsung heroes of education.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to applaud their hard work and commitment as they make a tangible difference in children’s early years and educational experience throughout their school lives.
“For Riverside Training, this award has additional relevance as we have helped many of the early years staff in the local area to achieve their childcare qualifications.
“I am very proud that we are involved in the awards and very much look forward to meeting the finalists and presenting the trophy and certificates to the winner and finalists in our category.”
. You can nominate a pupil, student, teacher, support staff member, group, class, and/or school in one or more of the awards’ 11 categories.
Nomination forms are available by emailing Denise Vickers at email@example.com or call 01775 765400.
Completed forms should be returned by May 22 ahead of judging later the same month.
The categories are Contribution to the Community, sponsored by Bakkavor Group; Environmental Award, sponsored by South Holland District Council; Pre-School of the Year, sponsored by Riverside Training; Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary), sponsored by Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure; Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary), sponsored by Produce Industry Expo 2019; Most Improved Student, sponsored by Worldwide Fruit; Student of the Year, sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers; Outstanding Sporting Achievement, sponsored by Double G Clothing; Primary School of the Year, sponsored by Moore Thompson Chartered Accountants; Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Freshtime UK; Support Staff Award, sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors.