The closing date for nominating your favourite childcare team, play provider or childminder is Sunday 19 September at midnight.
Meet our judges
Here are our three WeCare Children judges…
We asked our judges a few questions to get to know them a bit better…
Can you please tell us a little bit about your work?
Maggie: I am the National Development Manager for Early Years Wales and have been involved in the Early Years sector for about 30 years. I maintain an overview of the projects we deliver and I manage our Quality for All scheme, supporting delivery of quality childcare by our members.
I am also the Chairperson of the Early Years Network in Wales, enabling development of support and the sharing of information and policy developments relevant to the sector.
Matt: I’m the Early Years Wales’ Welsh Language Development Officer. I travel throughout Wales to support early years settings develop the Welsh language within their settings.
I began my journey working with children when I was 16 as I volunteered in a local day nursery alongside studying in college. With over seven years’ experience in the sector, I have held several roles; Volunteer, Play Worker, Nursery Nurse and Team Leader.
Hanna: I’m a mother of two little boys, a broadcaster on BBC Radio Cymru and a lecturer. I also maintain an Instagram account @gbyhaws
Why you think childcare is important?
Maggie: I think childcare is important because it provides immeasurable opportunities for children to socialise, develop friendships, play, explore and learn in safe, nurturing environments while reassuring parents and carers that their child is being looked after in their absence.
Matt: I know from personal experience just how crucial high-quality childcare can be. Having been born with severe hearing difficulties I was unable to verbally communicate until I was eight years old. The care and education I received in my formative years was truly life changing and I wouldn’t be the person I am without it. The positive experiences I had as a child acted as the building blocks set for me to truly reach my potential.
Hannah: Children are the most important people in our lives and so care is something that is really important and a huge investment for us on an emotional level. It’s something that allows us to keep working and offers the children the opportunity to socialise and broaden their experiences on many levels. It’s something very valuable.
Why it’s important to recognise childcare teams, play providers and childminders who go above and beyond for the children in their care?
Maggie: I believe that all childcare teams, play providers and childminders work tirelessly to play a significant role in nurturing children’s development and learning. Those who go above and beyond what could be usually expected deserve special recognition in a sector.
Matt: It is essential that early years practitioners that provide high quality care or go the extra mile to ensure that the children in their care receive the very best possible start in life are recognised and celebrated. Early years practitioners provide building blocks for the future and have such an influential role in how the future is shaped and how lives are lived.
Hannh: It is vital to recognise the work of these special individuals and teams – this is work that comes from the heart – and constantly calls for going the extra mile. They deserve all the praise and success. Thanks for them.
Our judges will then whittle the nominations down to five finalists and the public vote will take place between 6 to 14 October 2021. The winner will be announced during WeCareWales Week on Friday the 15 October 2021.