Parents had all sorts of views on which is the county’s Best Nursery - but there could only be one winner.
Ellesmere Nursery serving the inner-city Sheffield community of Burngreave took the award. to the delight of its hardworking staff.
Manager Sharon Curtis, who has worked there for the last 18 years, said the accolade had made their year.
“The nursery feels special when you visit because we are totally committed to diversity,” she said.
“We try to recognise each child’s individual abilities and really make them feel welcome.
“We have around 50 children and we benefit from a settled team of staff who are totally committed to the youngsters and their families,” Sharon said.
Sharon said all nurseries had been going through very tough times due to changes in Government funding rules.
“This is our second year as a charity operating a true community nursery, and we’ve managed to keep our heads above water,” she said.
“We were thrilled to be nominated by our parents for this award and we think that winning this award will really help put us on the map. We’d like to thank our parents so much,” Sharon added.
One parent who nominated Ellesmere said she had attended the nursery’s mums and babies group, which had really helped her a lot as a new parent.
“We made friends and found out loads of useful information. The staff at Ellesmere are always professional yet friendly, and my daughter loves the staff and attending nursery in general.”
Runner-up in the category was a very different organisation - Wild About Play, the city’s first totally outdoor nursery.
The nursery, inspired by the Forest Schools movement, is based in Totley and is run by Dami Kendrick and John Smith, who say the idea is all about providing positive outdoor experiences for youngsters.
Children learn bushcraft skills, climb trees and dam trees whatever the weather, with the centre also providing toddler and after-school clubs.
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