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Kids Planet Awards 2022!

Company News

12 December 2022

What a fantastic evening at the Kids Planet Awards 2022.

Held at the Concorde Conference Centre in Altrincham this September, our Kids Planet awards this year were extra special – a unique opportunity to see team members from across our 142 nursery settings come together and really celebrate our success in style.

The pandemic had unfortunately meant the awards had to be cancelled the previous two years, making this an even more important date in our calendars, and one that did not disappoint.

We were lucky enough to enjoy some outstanding entertainment on the night, with beatboxers Duke drawing everyone to the dancefloor to truly start the night as we meant to carry on, and renowned comedian Luke Kempner following with his set and bringing his one liners to the event all evening as our host.

It’s important to Kids Planet to reward and recognise our staff, as one of our core values reveals: ‘Happy colleagues, happy children’. to his an even more of an important opportunity to get together and recognise our fantastic achievements.

Take a look at how the night unfolded:

There were 18 awards up for grabs this year! And the winners were…

Nursery Manager of the Year – Emma Williams, Haslington

Deputy Manager of the Year – Samantha Davies, Litherland

Practitioner of the Year – Charlotte Bracegirdle, Swinton

Room Leader of the Year – Ashleigh Brown, Prestwich
(special mention went to Adam Smout, Middlewich)

Apprentice of the Year – Melanie McLaren, Newbold
(special mention went to Joanne Mason, Congleton)

Chef of the Year – Doreen Taylor, Haslington

Rising Star of the Year – Jessica Cox, Mansion House

Area Manager of the Year – Lisa Taylor

Quality Manager of the Year – Michelle Hewitt

SEND Support of the Year – Aislinn Sheen, Warrington

Field Based HO Department of the Year – Maintenance Team

Office Based HO Department of the Year – People Team

Head Office Superstar of the Year – Lucie Sweeney

Head Office Newcomer of the Year – Gaynor Garbutt

Parent Hero of the Year – Nathan Cook, Lytham Lodge
(special mention went to Stephany West, Greenbank)

Nursery of the Year – Dukinfield
(special mention went to Lytham Lodge)

Indoor Environment of the Year – Wallasey

Outdoor Environment of the Year – Warrington

Congratulations to all the amazing finalists and winners!


Incredibly, we raised over £3000 for Young Minds, Kids Planet’s chosen charity for the night.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Their aim is to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Kids Planet is fundraising for Young Minds Trust (

Want to join our Kids Planet family?

We pride ourselves on valuing our employees and recognising hard work, providing progression, training and support throughout your career with us.

There are roles for many interests and passions, including our own Chef Academy, Sports coach traineeship, Udeskole and Forest School accreditations, as well as joining our support teams in Head Office or at our Training Academy. No matter what stage you are at in your career, your development is important to us – we have opportunities waiting for you.



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