Early Years Excellence awards 2018 - Nominations are open!

Early Years Excellence first launched in January 2017, and the response from the sector was fantastic: more than 300 products, services and publications were nominated, from which our respected judging panel selected 38 winners, handing out five-, four- and three-star prizes in each category. The 2018 Excellence awards are now open and our winners will be chosen by an expert panel of early years leaders, educators and authors. To ensure only the most-deserving resources triumph, entry is completely free.

About the awards

Early Years Excellence is Teach Early Years magazine’s awards scheme – a celebration of the breadth and quality of our sector’s educational and professional development resources. It offers suppliers, manufacturers, publishers and service providers the chance to have their most innovative and effective products and publications recognised and shared with those they are designed to benefit.

How to enter

Stage 1

Submit your
entry form

Fill in the form on this website for each product or publication you wish to enter, and tell us why they deserve to win!

Stage 2

Entries are
shortlisted

Five finalists will be shortlisted for each category and examples called in for assessment by our judging panel.

Stage 3

Winners are
announced!

Our judges will select three winners in each category, awarding five-, four- and three-star prizes.

Why get involved?

In 2018, our winners will be unveiled in issue 8.3 in August, and we’ll be doing even more to share the success of those who emerge triumphant.

  • A total of 20.5k copies of Teach Early Years will feature coverage of the winners and finalists.
  • An additional 1,500 copies of our Awards special will be distributed at Childcare Expo Midlands.
  • Digital copies will be sent to our e-database of over 19,000 readers.
  • Winners will be showcased on teachwire.net and teachearlyyears.com, which receive 65,000 unique users per month.
  • @teachearlyyrs will celebrate the winners with its following of 10.2k.

Entry closing date

Hurry, enter your products today. The nominations period will close on 30th April 2018!

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The Categories

In 2018 Early Years Excellence comprises 12 categories, these are listed below. For criteria our judging panel will use to assess the shortlisted nominations, please see the assesment criteria links under each category.

Communication,
Language &
Literacy

Including: Resources designed to promote the development of talk and language skills, early writing and/or reading skills.

CPD

Including: Physical and digital resources to support the development of good practice: books and ebooks, toolkits, online training courses, DVDs and podcasts.

Creative
Play

Including: Resources to support role play, messy play, construction play, and art and craft activities.

Digital
Learning

Including: Physical ICT resources and all online / software-based resources for children.

Early
Exploration

Including: Maths and science resources, and non-digital resources designed to help children broaden their understanding of the world.

Happy &
Healthy

Including: Physical development, nutrition and PSED resources, including those designed to promote children’s wellbeing.

Music

Including: Musical instruments, recorded media (CDs, DVDs, MP3s) and accompanying learning materials, but excluding shows/productions.

Picture
Book

Including: Any picture book aimed at children aged 0–5, published between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2018.

Reception

Including: Resources designed primarily for use in Year R, in infant/primary schools.

SEND

Including: All resources designed to support the care and development of children with special educational needs.

Toys &
Games

Including: Non-construction toys, games, jigsaws and other puzzles.

Under-Twos

Including: All resources designed to support the development of babies and toddlers.

All nominated resources must be available to purchase in the UK as of 31 August 2018.

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Meet the judges

The winners of the Early Years Excellence awards will be chosen from a shortlist by our judging panel, which comprises leading authors, educators and experts, ensuring impartial and authoritative verdicts. Here’s who will be assessing the finalists in 2018...

Kirstine
Beeley

An independant early years trainer and author, and a former primary school teacher.

Kathy
Brodie

An Early Years Professional and trainer based in East Cheshire, specialising in the EYFS and special educational needs.

Sue
Cowley

An experienced educator, writer and presenter specialising in behaviour management and creative approaches to teaching.

Sam
Dixon

A teacher, composer and musical educator who trained in Visual and Performing Arts at Brighton University.

Kiddi
Caru

Part of The Childcare Corporation, a company founded upon ethical principles to promote quality nursery provision.

June
O'Sullivan MBE

CEO of the London Early Years Foundation and a respected speaker, commentator and campaigner on early years issues, social enterprise and child poverty.

Sarah
Steel

Managing director of the Old Station Nursery group, which operates six settings in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Andi
Turner

An Ofsted ‘outstanding’ childminder, trainer, consultant and blogger working in the early years sector.

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Last year's winners

Our award winners were showcased in a 24-page Awards Special in June 2017, the digital version of which can be downloaded below, and are receiving ongoing coverage in Teach Early Years, and through our website and social media channels.

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