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CEO Clare Roberts awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ at NMT’s

Company News

21 November 2022

What a night at the National NMT Nursery Awards 2022, held at the the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London on Saturday 19th November.

These awards have celebrated and recognised the achievements of the nursery sector for 20 years, and it was an honour to be finalists in five categories:

  • Nursery Group (over 10 settings)
  • Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year (Kids Planet Training Academy)
  • Nursery Manager (Leanne Slavin – Frodsham)
  • The SENCo Award (SEND Team)
  • Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment (Stretton)

Not only were we delighted to celebrate and recognise our teams in those five categories, we were surprised on the evening with the announcement that our wonderful CEO Clare had won the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award. This news comes in the same year that Clare was awarded an OBE for services to education and childcare.

Kids Planet’s CEO Clare Roberts: Outstanding Contribution

An independent panel selected the individual who they felt has made an outstanding contribution to the nursery sector, and it was revealed as Clare on the night.

Briony Richter, Editor at Nursery Management Today magazine, said: 

“Clare Roberts is a truly inspirational leader and a real champion for the early years sector. Through the many challenges that the sector has faced, Clare has been a voice that motivates and inspires all those who work around her. She has ensured that as Kids Planet grows, staff are supported every step of the way with numerous training and career development opportunities. Her passion shines through in the quality of care that is delivered by Kids Planet across the country.”

Clare Roberts, CEO at Kids Planet, said:

“I am still in total shock to have received the Outstanding Contribution award at the Nursery Management Today Awards. Thank you so much to those who voted for me and thank you to everyone who works within Kids Planet Day Nurseries and across the Early Years Sector for the hard work and dedication you show to our profession. You are the ones who do the most important job each day.

It is really important during the challenging times our sector finds ourselves in, that we all have one united voice to navigate through these whilst working together to find the best outcomes for children.”


We had a wonderful time and it was great to see so many familiar faces from the sector. We would like to say congratulations to all of the finalists and winners on the night. We are so incredibly proud of all the staff within the Kids Planet family. After the last few years of what the sector and company has been through as a result of the pandemic, everyone has gone above and beyond every step of the way in incredibly difficult times and the hard work has paid off.

See the full list of winners here:




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