Places to Play Every Day, published by Herts for Learning for people working with children in Early Years settings, has been awarded the Early Years Excellence 2017 4 star prize at the first ever Teach Early Years magazine’s Early Years Excellence Awards.
Places to Play Every Day was devised and written by Lucky Khera, Lead Early Years Adviser at Herts for Learning (HfL) and the HfL Early Years team, to help practitioners create learning spaces that inspire, challenge and motivate children aged 3– 5 in their pre-school and Early Years settings. The publication is based on research that found that a rich, varied and well-organised Early Years environment has a significant impact on children’s learning and development.
The citation for the award given by the head judge stated:
I was impressed at the range of ideas offered within this resource. It was attractively presented, with lovely photos and useful checklists. The audit would offer a great starting point for thinking about how to develop your setting further.”
Speaking about receiving the award, Lucky Khera, Lead Early Years Adviser said:
I am absolutely thrilled that Places to Play Every Day has been given the 4 star award in the CPD category of the Early Years Excellence Awards 2017.”
It is incredibly rewarding having this national recognition for this high-quality resource that is having such a positive impact on helping practitioners to further develop their provision to benefit our youngest children.”
HfL Education Services Director for Early Years, Mireille MacRaild said:
The HfL Early Years team strive hard to deliver high-quality materials and respond to the needs of the Early Years workforce. I am thoroughly delighted that this award recognises the clear and easy-to-digest content that has been thoughtfully created to inspire and enable staff to create an effective learning environment that will support the development of children across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this book possible.”
More than 300 products, services and publications, nominated in January and February, were whittled down to a 65-strong finalists shortlist in March. An expert panel of Early Years leaders, consultants and authors then selected 38 resources, bestowing five-star, four-star and, in most cases, three-star prizes in each category.
Commenting on the announcement of the winners, Teach Early Years editor, Jacob Stow, said:
“This is the first time we have put the call out to the sector, but the response has been fantastic and we have some very worthy winners to share. It is an incredibly diverse list, but every resource, toy, game and publication on it has something to offer Early Years settings.
We would like to thank all those who took part in Early Years Excellence 2017, and our nine judges for their time and expertise. We look forward to opening nominations for 2018 in the not too distant future, and building upon the success of this year’s Awards.”
Places to Play Every Day is available to purchase and full details about the awards have now been published in the June edition of Teach Early Years (issue 7.4) which can also be viewed on-line at: