Hopscotch Awards Evening
30th March 2011
Hopscotch Annual Awards Evening took place on Friday 4th March 2011, hosted by Claire Martin, Group Manager. A very exciting evening for the 100+ staff members who attended at The Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton. A reception with buffet and drinks was enjoyed by all and was a great opportunity for colleagues from all five Hopscotch Nurseries to meet and catch up with each other and socialise.
Everyone eagerly awaited the speeches given by the five Nursery Managers; they were not disappointed as they were as amusing and anecdotal as ever. Nursery Owner, Barbara Ford praised the Hopscotch Team for their continued hard word over the past year and thanked everyone for their dedication to the children and parents.
Then followed the main part of the evening. Awards we given to staff for 100% attendance. Amazingly 39 staff achieved 5 or more years service, the longest being 17 years, and were invited to come forward to be presented with store vouchers and certificates. This year we honoured two staff members for 10 years service, Jenny Evison from Preston Park and Elaine Kirby from Portland Road (see photos) and they were both presented with cheques and certificates.
Next came “Nursery Practitioner of the Year Award 2010” as voted for by the parents of each nursery. The winners were (see photos), Craig Colwell from Peacehaven, Amanda Boyd-Pain from Portland Road, Zoe Cody from Seaford, Lara Purdy from Nizells Avenue, and Sally Glasgow-Simmons and Rachel Forman from Preston Park. All received rapturous applause from the audience and store vouchers and certificates from Barbara.
The evening finished with Natasha Henderson and Cathy Dunn from Seaford Nursery presenting Barbara with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of all the staff.
Finally….. thank you to our professional photographer and Hopscotch friend, Dawn Jee, for giving up her time to photograph the event and our fantastic winners. Dawn can be contacted at www.dawnjee.com