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Teach Early Years Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Nominations to this year’s Teach Early Years Awards have closed, and we are now delighted to reveal our finalists.

  • Teach Early Years Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Comprising five nominations from each of our 12 trade categories, the shortlist features a wide variety of innovative resources – from construction toys and musical instruments, to CPD packages and picture books, and much more.

You can find a full listing below.

The next stage will see the finalists assessed by a nine-strong expert panel of early years authors, leaders, consultants and educators, amongst them LEYF CEO June O’Sullivan MBE, Old Station Nursery MD Sarah Steel and award-winning author/illustrator Lizzy Stewart.

Their verdicts will be unveiled in Teach Early Years magazine in September, with our five-, four- and three-star winners in each category showcased in a comprehensive Awards special.

To all those who made nominations, thank you again for taking part – and to our finalists, good luck!

If you have any queries about this year’s Teach Early Years Awards, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team – email Teach Early Years editor, Jacob Stow or advertising manager, Samantha Law.

Early Years Excellence 2018 – Finalists

Communication, language & literacy

  • Tales Toolkit
  • Yellow Door – Early Literacy Progress Pack (available at Eduzone)
  • Memorability Ltd – MemorAbility
  • The Curious Fox Company – Early Scribbles Role Play Boxes
  • Chatta


  • Inclusion Expert – Watch Read Do Review
  • Mine Conkbayir – Applying Neuroscience to Early Intervention
  • Foundations Focus – Supervisions for Early Years: Complete Guide
  • NDNA – Maths Champions programme
  • Laser Systems – Laser Short Courses

Creative play

  • Commotion / TickiT – Sensory Blocks (available from Gompels)
  • Hope Education – Magicubes
  • Fafunia and The New Factory – Tengja
  • Roylco – Curlicue Rods (available from Educational Advantage)
  • KAPLA – KAPLA 100 Box

Digital learning

  • Genee World – Early Years Tilt & Touch Table
  • Bloomsbury – Bloomsbury Early Years
  • Talking Products – Voice Pad
  • EducationCity Ltd – EducationCity
  • Learning Resources – GeoSafari Jr Talking Microscope

Early exploration

  • Commotion / TickiT – Rainbow Viewers
  • Yellow Door – Honey Bee Number Kit
  • Oxford University Press – Numicon Firm Foundations
  • Lakeshore – STEM Block Play Kit (available from Eduzone)
  • Booklife Publishing – Booklife non-fiction range

Happy & healthy

  • Be the Jellyfish – Be the Jellyfish resources
  • Wisdom – Sensory Balance Beams (available from Educational Advantage)
  • Lawrence Educational – Beat Baby Handbook
  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Jo Cormack – Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food
  • Early Years Resources – Superpower Superhero Set


  • Musicbuds
  • Collins Music – Music Express Foundation Stage
  • ABC Creative Music – ABC Early Years Musicality Resource & Instrument Bag sets / Digital resources
  • Ocarina Workshop – 4-hole Oc
  • Out of the Ark – The Niki Davies Book of Splendid Science Songs

Picture books

  • Bloomsbury / Tom McLaughlin – Along Came a Different
  • Lantana Publishing / Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry – You’re Safe With Me
  • Old Barn Books / Bryony Thomson – The Wardrobe Monster
  • Phaidon / Barbara Kanninen – Circle Rolls
  • Nosy Crow / Ross Collins – This Zoo is Not For You


  • 3P Learning – Mathseeds
  • Schofield & Sims – Get Set Early Years
  • Jolly Learning – Jolly Music Player
  • Oxford University Press / Nuffield Foundation / Elklan – Nuffield Early Language Intervention
  • Sound and Music – Minute of Listening


  • Commotion / TickiT – Sensory Mood Light Ball (available from Gompels)
  • Orkid Ideas – TomTag Manage my Feelings kit
  • Wedge Whiteboards – Wedge Jotter pack
  • Playlearn – Liquid Floor Tile (available from Eduzone)
  • Therapy Box – ChatAble

Toys & games

  • Talking Turtle – Playtime Dinosaur Castle
  • Orchard Toys – Dinosaur Lotto
  • Playmobil – Pirate Ship
  • Orange Tree Toys – Crocodile Alphabet Puzzle
  • Indigo Jamm – Benji Bus


  • Boogie Mites – Minis Music and Movement Programme
  • Le Toy Van – ABC Wooden Blocks
  • Orchard Toys – Animal Shapes
  • Little Learner Books / Little Signers Club – At the Bottom of my Garden
  • Learning Resources – Snap-N-Learn Matching Dinos

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