Everton Nursey School wins national Early Years award

Everton Nursery School and Family Centre has won a prestigious national award for its Early Years Team.

The Everton-based Nursery picked up the ‘School Early Years Team of the Year’ Award at the Nursey World Awards ceremony last Saturday (24 September) in London.

Open to everyone involved in early years education and childcare, the awards shine a light on best practice and help raise the profile of the sector. Over 500 guests attended the event, which was held at The Brewery in London.

The staff at Everton Nursery have worked extremely hard for many years to be graded Outstanding, which it has received by Ofsted on four consecutive occasions since 2004.

The award celebrates the work they do for children and families in the community of the Everton ward and beyond and recognises the hard work that all staff bring within their roles at the Nursery School.

The panel of judges said the nursery was an ‘oasis of learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors’ and commended its ‘effective leadership and management and high-quality teaching, learning and assessment’. The nursery’s links to the Liverpool Philharmonic and Tate Gallery was also applauded.

Headteacher, Dr. Lesley Curtis OBE considers this to be a true triumph for Everton and Nursery Schools everywhere, especially during challenging times with funding. She is concerned that the five Nursery Schools in Liverpool and beyond could close due to future funding changes to Nursery Schools nationally.

Lesley says: “It would be a travesty to the whole educational system if Nursery Schools are lost and closed because of funding cuts. As a Nursery School in a high area of disadvantage linked to thirteen super output areas, it would seem that outcomes for children with regards to the quality of education are not being recognised by the funding required as a school”.

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