Our Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery in Glasgow is making its mark on the city with a slew of health awards.
It now been shortlisted for a UK-wide awards – and is the only Scottish nursery to make the final five.
The nursery has been named as a contender for the National Day Nurseries Association’s Healthy Nursery of The Year 2017.
Head of Service Lorraine Kirkwood said staff were delighted just to be representing Glasgow.
She said: “The achievement of getting recognised is phenomenal. Unlike other awards, this one requires us to be nominated by parents or other professionals so it’s a real honour to be shortlisted”
Lorraine continued “Once we found out we were nominated we made an animated video with the children to show all the different health promoting things we do. Then we had an interview over Skype with the judges. So to get as far as we have done is fantastic.”
One of the areas they focused on was food. The Glasgow nursery has 32 cultures in the nursery, inclusion is important and so staff invite parents in to share their traditional cooking skills.
Children’s TV presenter Johnny Ball will announce the winners at an awards ceremony at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday June 30.
NDNA Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central, which is a great example of the amazing, inspirational work happening in the childcare sector every day.
The awards, supported by Hope Education, are in their 14th year and more than 185 nurseries registered.
So well done Lorraine and team, the Monkey Puzzle family salutes you!