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The Nursery World magazine is the leading industry publication for the Early Years.


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The Northern Echo is a leading daily newspaper which documents the North East & North Yorkshire news from Darlington, Durham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, and other areas.


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We are honored to have numerous recommendations posted by our families, on this leading website.  


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May 2016 Managing Director Laura was honoured to be invited to Buckingham Palace by HRH Prince Charles to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Princes Trust. To date the Charity has helped to support 825,000 young people in the UK since it was founded- what an amazing achievement.



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The Winn awards is an inspirational organisation which recognise the  business talent and acumen of women in business in the North East. Laura was a part of the 2014 celebrations, and was honoured to be announced runner up in the Young Female Entrepreneur of the year category. is the leading guide to day nurseries & nursery schools offering full day care throughout the UK. We are proud to be the first in the UK to offer groud breaking       e-portal - Please click on the article to view larger copy.

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Our login has been featured on this new leading childcare site which  is a  useful and interesting source of information, articles and stories for nursery managers, owners and staff.

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The Ferryhill & Chilton Chapter is a free community newspaper, written for the people of Ferryhill & Chilton about their local communities.


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Child's Play Private Nursery are delighted and ecstatic to have been informed that  the judging of the Nursery World Awards 2015, have voted and named us highly commended for  the category On-line and Social Media Award.


We are honoured to have our 24/7 parental on-line portal recognised.


This is a tremendous achievement against incredibly tough competition this year.


The awards presentation will take place on Saturday 26th September at the Brewery, London.

Laura Leigh Wayman the setting's Proprietor and Manager is honored to announce that she has been approached to be a Young Ambassador for the Princes Trust and will begin working with them from Spring 2014, as part of this she will be giving monthly speeches as one of the Trusts 'Inspirational Speakers'.


The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards is a highlight of our year, bringing together inspirational young people to acknowledge their achievements.


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s off with 11 regional events to find the young people with the most outstanding and inspirational stories from across the country.

Managing Director, Laura Leigh Wayman has been named as part of the North East Regional Short-list, the Ceremony will be held 26-Nov-15 at the SAGE Gateshead.


If successful on this night, Laura may be short-listed for the National Celebrate Success Awards in London in 2016, where HRH is likely to attend with a host of other celebrities too.

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Winn Awards 2015

WINNER- Best Use of Innovation Award


Managing Director Laura Leigh Wayman from Child’s Play Private Nursery and her team have continued to build on their award winning year when they went to the ‘North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards’ at the Plaza hotel, Newcastle on Friday 13th November 2015.

This was the 16th year that this prestigious award ceremony will take place. Eagerly anticipated by women entrepreneurs all over the North East of England is a great chance to showcase their hard work and achievements during the previous twelve months.

Receiving a WIN Award will not only ensure organisations will have the kudos of being an award winning organisation, but it will also be an opportunity to showcase their company and its expertise amongst your contemporaries thus further encouraging others to follow in their example. It is also an opportunity to benchmark your businessnesses against others, sharpen the focus of business and its activities, learn from other organisations and very importantly motivate and reward your colleagues.


A WIN Award is a major accolade that could really open doors for women in business in the North East of England.

A heartland of industry and innovation in the North Est has a long heritage of launching new products and processes into the world. The Best Use of Innovation Award recognises Laura Leigh Wayman as the 2015 winner. Laura has created truly disruptive innovation, creating new products, processes, services and or/ business models: Celebrating her innovative web developments on her nursery website, which allow families and parents of her nursery 24/7 access to an innovative online login domain. The e-portal system on the website means parents are more involved and informed about their child’s progress and development. By logging in with their username and password, parents can read observation’s made by nursery staff about their child, comment on their progress and upload their own images from a mobile or computer wherever they are. Child’s Play website also boasts numerous other features aimed at encouraging parents and families, including a feedback form and advice sheets. (These innovative were also celebrated back in September at the 2015 Nursery World Awards)


Owner and Manager Laura Leigh Wayman commented “I am absolutely over the moon that this year’s judging panel have recognised the innovative work that we are doing, it took a year to plan the online portal and get it live- but what a major success it has been, to date we have shared over 3,000 files with our families and received almost 500 home learning images from them which have impacted upon the learning provocations the staff provide in the nursery. I am still astounded we have family members from Italy logging into see their children’s learning journey photos and observations. Words cannot describe how humbled and honoured I am that our work have been recognised in two major award events this year.”

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The nurseries managersLaura Leigh Wayman was recently interviewed by BBC Tees to announce her nomination as young ambassador of the year’s award. Listen to the interview now on BBC IPlayer between 55 & 60 minutes. Listen Now

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Leadership Award


Massive Congratulations to Sara Bradley (Deputy Manager) who has been named on the final shortlist for this years LEADERSHIP AWARD at the NORTH EAST EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2016 we are so proud of you, your a true inspiration to us, your leadership & dedication to nursery is seconds to none.


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