Local nursery manager, Vicky Richardson, who has worked at Fenton Barns Nursery near North Berwick for three years, has been selected as a finalist in the Nursery Manager category within the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017.

Vicky is Nursery Manager at Fenton Barns Nursery and was nominated by nursery owners Caroline Freeman and Nicola Simpson, following support and recommendations from parents, staff and children alike. Vicky 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.

Fenton Barns Nursery provides a unique, high quality childcare facility in purpose-built premises within East Lothian, where the emphasis is firmly on the outdoors, healthy living and local food.

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 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.”

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.”

Winners of the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017 will be presented with their trophies by Cat Harvey at the high profile Gala Night held on Friday 1st September at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, attended by 400 guests.

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