‘We had a ball!’ Employees recognised at annual awards evening

On Saturday 7th October, over 200 individuals attended a ‘roaring twenties’ themed evening, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of over 500 Hadland Care Group staff during 2017.

205 colleagues from across the group’s three companies attended the event hosted at Bournemouth Marriott Highcliffe Hotel. Staff from Tops Day Nurseries, Aspire Training Team and Reside Care Homes travelled from over 23 locations in based across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire to attend.

During the presentation, 20 awards were given to individuals for going ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’, “abcd” awards, of which colleagues were able to nominate each other. These were presented with heart-warming accolades and inspirational stories. Four Health and Safety awards were also given to colleagues at Tops Day Nurseries Based in Boscombe, Taunton, Lymington and Newport – IOW.

Five new awards were introduced this year, three of which were presented on behalf of Aspire Training team to award their chosen level 1, 2 and 3 learner of the year. The remaining two were presented by Tops Day Nurseries, who introduced the Most Inspirational manager and Area Manager.

Most inspirational manager…

Hannah Jennings

Most inspirational area manager

Diane Wycherley


ABCD award winners…

Maintenance – Phil Stokes

Phil is happy to do any task, big or small and will even work out side of the working week. Nothing is ever too much trouble and you do it all with a smile on your face. You are such a pleasure to work with, the maintenance team and the whole of Hadland Care Group is lucky to have you. Thank you.

Head Office – Zoe Roberts

Zoe has had a tough year with the management changes but through it all, Zoe has only become more confident & is amazing in her role. Zoe has invested a lot of time in her apprentice which is reflected in Lucy’s performance. Zoe has attended many events at last minute to support the nurseries. Even with all the changes in the marketing dept, Zoe has always remained a huge support to the admin team, especially earlier this year, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her. Thank you, Zoe

Tops Boscombe – Stephanie Ridleagh

Steph is an inspirations member of the team, she is always supportive of her colleagues and has great relationships with the children and their families. She has been an amazing mentor and steps above her role as deputy whenever needed.


Tops Bournemouth – Georgia Molyneux-Wallen

I feel that since she has got her new role, she has worked really hard to adapt the changes and is always very helpful within the office. She is always willing to take on challenges and learn new tasks! Well done and keep up the good work!

Tops Charminster

Ilona Bednarczyk – Ilona always worked very hard and goes above and beyond the call of duty each day. Ilona also does a great job with Mini Beasts!

Kayleigh Rogers – You do an amazing job with your 1:1 child and help the room run a lot smoother by working so well with him and helping him learn and progress with every day he spends with you, the bond you two share is amazing and an inspiration to all staff.

Tops Lymington – Mags Pritchett

Mags is always there to offer support whenever needed, she is friends with everyone, really hard working, has a heart of gold and I know she would always be there if ever I needed her for anything. If something needs doing she has usually already done it before you get a chance too and she would never expect to be nominated for the award as she always puts everyone else’s needs and wants above her own!

Tops Newport

Debbie Attrill – Debbie is a wonderful room manager and a delight to work with. She is always coming up with innovative and creative ideas to challenge and teach our children and loves them all as if they were her own.

Sophie Wright – Because she is a fantastic, hardworking member of our team. She is always driven to do her best and to help others when they need it.

Tops Parkstone – Bonnie Budden

Collected by Nursery Manager, Sarah Tongs on Bonnie’s behalf,

Bonnie has grown into a fantastic practitioner this year and continues to provide top quality care! Bonnie is a great all-rounder, she’s easy to get on with, the children love her and makes my son laugh and enjoy nursery.

Tops Poole – Amy Drudge

Amy always goes above and beyond got her job role. Always staying to complete tasks and set up activities. Always willing to help anyone who requires help, and never expects anything in return. Amy does so much more, yet words cannot describe it. She may think what she does goes unnoticed, but I would like her to know it hasn’t.


Tops Portsmouth – Amber Wingham

‘For always being a helping hand and very supportive throughout my time at Tops Portsmouth. Always a happy person and willing to help anyone.’

Tops Wareham – Danielle Hewitt

Danielle is an outstanding nursery practitioner, she ensures the children are challenged and have new opportunities to learn on a daily basis. She has excellent bonds with the children and parents, her feedback to parents is awesome! She just wants the best for the children and role -models best practice throughout the day!

Tops Wimborne – Amy Smith

Collected by Nursery Manager, Stephanie Walker on Amy’s behalf.

Amy is fantastic, she is such an asset to the team, she has fantastic relationships with the children and their parents, she can pick up and lead our room if I am not in there. Her step ups and activities are amazing! I am so lucky to have you as part of investigators!

Tops Winchester – Bianca Happle

Bianca is always supportive in the room! She always give good advice on how to adapt activities. Bianca is so caring and always full of smiles and her interactions with the children is outstanding! She is always willing to help staff whenever she can and always makes new staff settle in and feel a part of the team. You have been a big inspiration and an amazing role model to me. Thank you for everything you have done!

Tops Corfe Mullen – Charlotte Richardson

Collected by Nursery Manager, Immy Gunputh on Charlotte’s behalf.

Charlotte makes work really enjoyable. Charlotte always goes above and beyond to make sure the room is perfect and the children are happy. Charlotte is going to make an amazing room manager.

Reside: Stour Road – Claire Ward

Nothing is ever too much trouble, Claire is always willing to help. Claire shows what ‘caring’ really means and is truly the heart of Stour Road.

Tops Lakeside

Alison Burnett For always going above and beyond to help everyone that she possibly can and doing her best to ensure all the children are enjoying themselves and having a good fun filled learning day at nursery. So I would just like to thank you for all your help and guidance

Nicole Jordan Nicole is a very bubbly individual and always brings positivity to the setting. She makes strong relationships with every child despite being based in only one of two rooms and ensures they are happy and comfortable, always. Nicole offers support to every staff member when needed and puts 100% into everything relating to work.

34 staff members were awarded 100% attendance awards, 7 of which were presented with £50 voucher, whilst those with 5 years received an £100 voucher.

Aspire Training Team – Kerry Matthews

Reside: Southwood Lodge – Xue Mei She (Lisa)

Lisa is very good at her job, she is always there when you need her and is always happy to help. Lisa is hardworking and brilliant!

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