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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
by Teach Early Years

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, or advertising manager, Samantha Law, at

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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