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30th Anniversary 1985 - 2015

Accolades and achievements at Springlands

NMT Nursery Awards 2012We have achieved numerous accolades and awards over the years - including the NMT Nursery Training and Development award 2012, a national award recognising we offer the BEST training and development of nursery staff in the whole of the UK! We are also former NDNA Nursery of the Year Award winners for England and a Nursery of the Year finalist in the NurseryWORLD magazine awards. More recently, 2015, we were finalists for the NMT Green Nursery Award.  We take these awards seriously as we are judged by experts in our profession who evaluate what we do and the impact it has on the children in our care.

And we have continued to achieve success. In 2002, Springlands was the first nursery in Essex to achieve the 'Quality Counts' quality assurance scheme, described as 'harder than Ofsted'.  In 2010 we had the quality of what we do acknowledged again with 'e-Quality Counts'!

Here are our achievements:

2015

NMT Green Nursery Award- Finalist

e-Quality Counts (for the second time) 

30th Birthday

Essex Education Awards-Finalist for our software

Green Essex Awards-  Product/Innovation Award- Finalst for our software

2014

OUTSTANDING Ofsted report for Baby Chalet 

Gherkin Challenge for NSPCC 

2012
NMT Nursery Training and Development Award 2012 - Winner
NMT awards - shortlisted for Nursery Design, Nursery Supplier/Innovator and the Green Nursery awards. 
Staff Training and Development - Essex Countrywide Business Awards - Winner
Environmental Awareness; Marketing Awards - Colchester Business Awards - Finalist 
Re-accredited with Investors in People
CACHE external quality assessor - successful visit
Mindful Employer recognition
Buy with Confidence recognition
Maintained our green RAG grade gained in 2009 for every building
School pupils 100% achievement in childcare qualification
2011
OUTSTANDING Ofsted report for St Mary's Kindergarten after only 10 months of operation
CACHE external quality assessor - successful visit
School pupils 100% achievement in childcare qualification
Maintained our green RAG grade gained in 2009 for every building
2010
e-Quality Counts (first in Essex) Quality Assurance Scheme; "harder than Ofsted".
Nursery World Awards; family home learning packs shortlisted for a 'Resources' award.
Springlands Training and Assessment Centre; continued fantastic Awarding Body Reports and a 100% success rate for all those completing our courses.
Regained OUTSTANDING Ofsted at Springlands Nursery and Springlands Baby Chalet.
An OUTSTANDING Ofsted inspection at The Cherries Nursery.
Maintained our green RAG grade gained in 2009.
Secured over £50,000 to develop outside learning area for the Springlands Nurseries.
2009
All our nurseries were assessed with a green 'RAG' (rather than inferior grades of amber and red) by Essex County Council.
Highly Commended in Staff Training and Development - Essex Countrywide Business Awards
Successful reassessment of the Investor In People Award Standard
2008
One of four finalists throughout the UK for Nursery of the Year Award from NurseryWORLD Magazine
Winner of Staff Training and Development Award (Colchester and District)
Winner at the East Anglian Business Awards Marketing Award presented by ActionCOACH
Winner Most Family Friendly Business - the Best of Colchester
Founder member of the Colchester NSPCC Business Group
2007
OUTSTANDING Ofsted Reports for both Springlands Baby Chalet and Springlands Nursery.
NDNA Nursery of The Year Award, we won the Central Region, came joint first for England and joint second in the whole of the UK
2006
Investors In People Award (Third Time)
Snack Attack Award (Colchester Health Promotion) for the fourth time
Tenth British Safety Award for 2005 (We have decided not to reapply again until at least 2015!)
2005
Edge Award – winner for Essex (for ‘Hands on Learning’ experiences provided)
British Safety Award for 2004 (nine consecutive years)
We opened The Cherries Nursery, for mornings only, in the grounds of Cherry Tree Primary School
2004
Fabulous Ofsted reports (believed to be the best in Colchester) for Springlands Baby Chalet and Springlands Nursery
British Safety Award for 2003 (eight consecutive years) 
2003
Received our QUALITY COUNTS (NDNA Accreditation) certificate from Margaret Hodge (Minister for Children) at the Savoy
Springlands was awarded a Snack Attack Award (Colchester Health Promotion) for the third time
British Safety Award for 2002 (seven consecutive years)
2002
Achieved QUALITY COUNTS (quality accreditation by the National Day Nurseries Association – NDNA) at the time we were the first in Essex to achieve this
Reached the finals of the Champion Awards (Essex) for ‘Helping Others to Learn’
Regained Investors In People Award (second time)
British Safety Award for 2001 (six consecutive years)
‘CV Business Award’ from Colchester Borough Council – presented by Councillor Ken Jones, an ex ‘Springlands Grandparent’
Springlands Training and Assessment Centre gained approval to open and began to deliver NVQs in ‘Early Years’
2001
Springlands Baby Chalet opened, expanding places and enhanced facilities for children from birth to two years
British Safety Award for 2000 (five consecutive years)
2000
Springlands proudly received the Countywide Millennium Business Award for Training and Staff Development
For the second time Springlands was awarded a Snack Attack Award (Colchester Health Promotion) 
British Safety Award for 1990 (four consecutive years)                      
1999
Springlands achieved the Investors in People Award. 
Very Good Ofsted Inspection Report - "Staff give high priority to the progression of the children’s learning, based on what the children already know". 
Springlands became one of three nurseries to form the Colchester Childcare Connection.
1998
First gained the Colchester Health Promotion 'Snack Attack Award'.
1996
Springlands was granted the first British Safety Award.
1994
Springlands became the only day nursery in Essex to be awarded the Pre-School Alliance Accreditiation, which surpasses standards set by Social Services Inspectorate.