Happy New Year. We hope all our members have enjoyed a well-deserved break over the Christmas period.
This time of year also sees the announcement of New Year’s Honours list, we all know that a lot of great work is done every day in the Early Years sector but it’s fantastic to see that recognised. We’d like to congratulate all those receiving an honour this year, especially those in the field of childcare and early years education.
Karen Kaufman (Karen MacKay), Head of External Affairs at Busy Bees Childcare and member of the NDNA National Policy Committee for England and Scotland, has been honoured with an MBE for services to Children and Families. Karen was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution Award at our NDNA Nursery Awards 2018.
Founder of the Anne Bramley, a Reading Champion at Western Community Primary School - whose nursery Shining Stars is a member - has also been recognised. She will be awarded a BEM for services to the community in Wallsend.
Former Chief examiner of awarding body CACHE, Carol Ann Brooks, has been recognised with an OBE for services to Early Years Education.
Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie, who will be speaking at our conference
in June, will receive an MBE. Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen
, who presented to our conference in 2017 has been listed for an OBE.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted for Karen who has worked tirelessly on NDNA’s National Policy Committee for England and Scotland for many years. Karen has made a significant contribution to the sector and is well respected as a childcare expert. NDNA awarded her with an Outstanding Contribution Award last summer. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Karen and the team at Busy Bees.”
There’s a lot of great practice out there in Early Years and in 2019 we’ll continue to be your voice for the sector. We are a stronger voice when we stand together against the challenges facing nurseries in each of the three nations and we have lots more planned for this year.
So if you don’t already then please make a New Year’s resolution to keep up with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, look out for the latest edition of Nursery News magazine too.