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Teach Early Years Awards 2021 finalists announced

Nominations to the 2021 Teach Early Years Awards have closed, and we are now delighted to reveal our finalists...

  • Teach Early Years Awards 2021 finalists announced

Comprising eight nominations from each of our trade categories, the shortlist features a wide variety of innovative resources – from STEM sets and literacy resources, 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 strong expert panel of early years authors, leaders, consultants and educators, amongst them bestselling author Alistair Bryce – Clegg, LEYF CEO June O’Sullivan MBE and James Hempsall OBE.

Their verdicts will be unveiled this October in a Teach Early Years digital supplement, which will showcase our five-, four- and three- star winners in each category.

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, Mark Hayhurst, at [email protected], or advertising manager, Samantha Law, at [email protected].

Teach Early Years 2021 Shortlist

Communication, language & literacy

  • Educational Advantage – Feelings and Emotions Sorting Bags
  • Jolly Learning – Little Word Books
  • Mighty Writer – Mighty Writer
  • Commotion – TickiT Rainbow Gel Alpha Boats
  • Time for Phonics – Time for Phonics Interactive Phonics Games
  • Bloomsbury Publishing – Looking for Learning: Mark Making
  • Collins – Collins Easy Learning Preschool
  • Jolly Learning – Bumper Book of Phonics Fun


  • Mine Conkbayir Consultancy – SR: Get Set GO!
  • Pyjama Drama – An Introduction to Early Years Imaginative Play
  • Pyjama Drama – How to Become an Expert in Early Years Imaginative Play
  • Tigerlilly Training – Full Paediatric First Aid – Blended
  • B Inspired – Learning through Movement and Active Play
  • Kinderly Learn
  • Routledge – How to Recognise and Support Mathematical Mastery in Young Children’s Play
  • Musicbuds learning – Online course: Simple steps to promote Diversity awareness in 3-7 year olds

Creative play

  • Pretend to Bee – Light Up Cape and Wand Set
  • Polydron – HashMag
  • Educational Advantage – Constructa Rocket
  • Jolly Learning – Bumper Book of Phonics Fun
  • Commotion – TickiT Wooden Animal Friends
  • Early Years Resources – Tuff Tray Paper Pad
  • Bloomsbury publishing – 50 Fantastic Ideas for Tuff Tray Mathematics

Early exploration

  • Scallywag Press – Ten Little Dogs
  • Oxford University Press – Numicon Firm Foundations Revised Edition
  • Commotion – TickiT Rainbow Glitter Shapes
  • Commotion – TickiT Wooden Exploratory Mirror
  • Commotion – TickiT Sensory Mood Discovery Table and Wooden Discovery Dividers
  • Early Years Resources – EYR Spider House
  • Elementary Technology – Fun Table interactive table

Happy & healthy

  • Scallywag Press – Say Goodbye, Say Hello
  • Educational Advantage – Constructa Rocket
  • Commotion – TickiT Rainbow Wooden Shape Twister
  • Zedbugs – Zedbug
  • B Inspired – Mini Movers
  • Early Years Resources – EYR Build and Balance Kit
  • Bloomsbury Publishing – 50 Fantastic Ideas for Getting Children Active
  • Eco Camping and Leisure – Ladybird and Bee Space Hoppers

Picture books

  • Scallywag Press – Ten Little Dogs
  • Child’s Play (International) – The Roller Coaster Ride
  • Gecko Press – Where Is the Dragon?
  • Bloomsbury Publishing – Which Food Will You Choose?
  • Scallywag Press – We Planted a Pumpkin
  • Nosy Crow – When a Dragon Meets a Baby
  • Nosy Crow – Somewhere
  • Two Hoots – One Fox

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