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Awards and Accolades

Finalist NMT 2018 - Pear Tree Nursery is delighted to be finalist for both Nursery Indoor Learning Environment and Nursery Group at the Scottish NMT Awards 2018. The ceremony will take place on Friday 31st of August in Glasgow Here is a little bit about what the awards are about.

The Scottish NMT Nursery Awards are designed to discover and reward the very best people in the Scottish nursery sector.

Nursery Indoor Learning Environment - This Award will be won by the nursery which has created an environment that most inspires and excites children. The entry will show how the nursery actively involves children in their learning, as well as celebrating their achievements.

Nursery Group - This award is open to nursery groups with two or more Scottish settings and is designed to recognise a forward thinking group which has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values, focus across the group and financial success.

SSSC - Bright Sparks Finalist 2018 - This award celebrates the work of our young people in the social services sector who are excelling and making a real difference to someone’s life. We are so excited that Emma Scott, Room Lead, who has been shortlisted as a finalist. The awards take place on the 6th of June in Edinburgh.

NDNA - Finalist 2018 in Team Development - We are delighted to have been chosen as a finalist for the National Day Nurseries Association Awards 2018. The winners will be selected at the Gala Dinner in Coventry on Friday 22nd of June.

Investors In Children Award 2018 - The Investing in Children Membership Award™recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative practice with children and young people. We are delighted to have received this award for the 3rd time.

Top 20 Most Recommended 2018 - The daynurseries.co.uk Top 20 Nursery Awards 2018 highlight the most recommended nurseries in each region of the UK. the Awards are based on the Review Score, as of 28th February 2018 voted by parents. Pear Tree is delighted to be recognised for this award for the 4th consecutive year. Thank you to all our families for voting for us and their lovely comments.

NDNA Winner Outstanding Contribution Award 2017 - Our Nursery Director Stephanie Dodds, NDNA network Chair of East and Midlothian, has led the way in fighting for nurseries to either be exempt or have substantial reductions to business rates. She actively contributes to the NDNA Policy Committee and gathers valuable information to support her fellow colleagues and we were delighted when her dedication to the nursery sector was recognised by NDNA winning this prestige award.

Finalist NMT 2017 - We are delighted that our Nursery Manager Heather Goode has been selected as a finalist in the Scottish NMT Nursery Manager of the Year Award 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on the 1st of September 2017.

Investors in People Platinum Employer of the Year Finalist 2017 - We are very excited to have been identified as the very best Investors in People accredited organisations in the UK and have therefore been shortlisted for the above award. We will find out our official top 10 ranking at the awards ceremony in London on the 23rd of November.

Investors in People Platinum Accreditation - We are delighted to have achieved this amazing award in Feb 2017 . We are extremely proud of achieving this highest level of accreditation, once again recognising our investment in all our staff and our firm belief that our staff are our greatest asset. We are the FIRST nursery in Scotland to achieve this award and the second in the whole of the UK!
Investors in People state - 'Globally recognised, successful accreditation against the Investors in People standard is the sign of a great employer, an outstanding place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability. Platinum Accreditation highlights that you are a truly high performing organisation that is operating at the pinnacle of people management practice using Investors in People to drive your business forward.'

NDNA Nursery of the Year 2016 - This prestigious nursery award acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellance across the nursery sector highlighting the fantastic work of nurseries and practitioners in supporting children and their families. Pear Tree Nursery were delighted to win this award for Scotland. This is one of the few awards that are voted for by parents using the service.

NDNA runner up Investing in Your People Award UK 2016 - Happy workers mean happy children! This award celebrates those settings that invest in the development and motivation of all their staff. We were truly humbled to be a runner up for the whole of the UK nursery sector for this award. A truly outstanding achievement for Pear Tree Nursery.

SOIL Award - The Food for Life Catering Mark is a widely respected scheme, supported by the Scottish Government, which is raising standards of food quality, provenance and sustainability in public and private sector catering. It provides an independent endorsement that caterers are taking steps to improve their food, through meeting standards on nutrition, freshness, sustainability and animal welfare. Pear Tree Nursery is delighted to have achieved the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh and healthy meals at its site in Haddington.

Supporting Charitable Organisations

SIMBA - SiMBA is about memories. We provide Memory Boxes for parents who have suffered the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy. We also provide Family Rooms in hospitals and memorial Trees of Tranquillity, each leaf representing a life lost. Our charity aims to reach out to enhance the bereavement service and help parents rebuild their shattered lives. www.simbacharity.org.uk Voted by our parents and staff as our charity for 2014 the nursery raised an amazing £881.25 for this charity.

PKU - Phenylketonuria (known as PKU) affects 1 in 10,000 babies across the country and is routinely checked at birth with a heel prick. If it is left untreated the excess levels of amino acid phenylalanine, found in protein in foods, damage the nervous system and lead to severe learning difficulties. Voted by our parents and staff as our charity of 2013 the nursery raised £655.89 for the worthy charity.

Cash for Kids - Cash for Kids helps children who are disadvantaged through poverty, and who are sick or disabled. They also help groups and organisations that work to improve the lives of children in our community. In 2013 Pear Tree Nursery registered as a drop off point to allow the local community to donate toys for these children and will continue this on an annual basis. In 2014 we also donated £619.51 during 2014 for this charity.

Children in Need - This charity raises funds to help projects throughout the uk. Some of the Scotland projects that benefit are The Child Brain Injury Trust, Bookbug, Kids in the Street. In 2013 Pear Tree Nursery raised £239.20.

World Vision - World Vision is the world's largest international children's charity and every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world's hardest places. Pear Tree Nursery has been sponsoring a child, Movses Mesropyan , since 2011.

Sport Relief - This charity raises money to change lives at home and abroad. It helps give shelter to young people living on the streets and protection to those living with domestic abuse. Across the world it helps children into education, and provides communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines. Pear Tree Nursery raised £51.19 in 2014 for this charity.