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Rosedene Nurseries has been shortlisted in the final of the Nursery Group of the Year Award in the national Nursery Awards 2020.

Rosedene is a family-owned early years provider with eleven facilities across Teesside and North Yorkshire. The company has been announced as one of four finalists in the Nursery Management Today Nursery Awards 2020, which recognise excellence in early years provision.

In addition to the overall nomination, Rosedene’s Northallerton nursery has reached the final five entrants in the Community Nursery of the Year category. Its partnership with a nearby elderly care home and notable recent visits, including from the chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, have impressed the awards’ judging panel.

Kate Draycott, the head chef at Rosedene, has made it through to the final shortlist of five for the Nursery Chef Award, having been a runner-up in the 2019 awards. Kate is an experienced cook, having taught catering internationally, from Hong Kong to Dubai.  Kate designs cyclical menus for all of Rosedene’s nurseries, using home grown fruit and vegetables picked by the children and catering for all dietary requirements.

Alice McCullagh, director at Rosedene, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in no fewer than three categories in this year’s prestigious NMT Nursery Awards. “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for all sectors, and early years provision has been no exception. At Rosedene, we rose to the challenge of the pandemic.   From the start of lockdown, we have been remained focused on doing the right thing. This meant putting our children and families first, including providing 24-hour care for key workers; we have been able to support all our employees, whilst being relentless in delivering exceptional childcare practice. “These award nominations are testament to the hard work and dedication our teams at Rosedene Nurseries have shown over the past year. “Our Northallerton hub has become an integral part of the local community and Kate, our fantastic head chef, has proved herself, once again, a culinary genius! “Whatever the outcome of the awards next month, the whole team at Rosedene can be confident in the knowledge that they have gone above and beyond for the children and families we support every day.” Winners of the NMT Nursery Awards 2020 will be presented with their trophies at the virtual Awards Presentation held on Thursday 26th November 2020.

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