Harrogate children's nursery Sunbeams is celebrating its second national award in two years
Sunbeams’ managing director Kate Plews, left, with members of the team showing off their award

Smiles all round for Sunbeams staff


Beating off 11,500 other nurseries from around the country, Sunbeams received the accolade for the Best Staff Training and Development at the National Nursery Awards in London. Judges praised the company’s deeply-embedded ethos of improving children’s learning by providing individual development, training and support for all its staff members.

The company won the Best Indoor Learning Environment at the same awards last year. Now in its 14th year, the awards, run by Nursery Management Today (NMT), are widely seen as the most prestigious in the childcare industry.

Sunbeams staff were presented with their accolade by well-known health expert Professor Lord Robert Winston, who commended them for making a significant difference in the life of every child and providing dedicated support for every staff member.


Kate Plews, managing director of Sunbeams Ltd, said: This has been an amazing year for Sunbeams. In May we received an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating for the fifth time, in September we celebrated our 15th year anniversary and in October opened our fourth nursery at Thorpe Park in Leeds. This award truly is the icing on the cake.

We work extremely hard to provide exemplary care and education, and to be recognised and commended for doing so is pure testament to the hard work and dedication of the Sunbeams team.


Sunbeams runs a day nursery and after school club in purpose-built premises on Ainsty Road in Harrogate. It also has three other sites in Leeds.

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