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Thanks Would you like to be a tester?


This year, as part of the judging process for the Practical Pre-School and 5to7 Awards, over 500 individual tests were completed in a number of nursery, playgroup, reception class and childminding settings throughout the country. The awards run in tandem with Child Care, a sister publication from MA Education.


The testing panel are asked to test an entered product for three weeks in their setting, then return their test report on the supplied form. The test reports are clear, with marks awarded for pre-determined criteria and a section for additional comments.


Many types of equipment are entered for testing and all are designed for the 0-8 age range. Entry samples are usually kept by each member of the testing panel as a thank you, however in some instances, these may have to be returned. If so, a collection service is organised to ensure there are no expenses incurred by the setting. There is no payment for being a tester.


If you would like to be considered for the testing panel in 2011, please send a letter or an email to the organisers. You will be asked to complete and return a detailed form to qualify for a place.


Our thanks to all those who tested the products for our 2010 awards, listed below. We hope it was fun! If you would like to be a tester for the 2011 awards, ensure that you contact us before December 31, 2010.


Childminder Alyson Anscombe Childminder Sally Clare Childminder Seetal Dodiya Childminder Anne Green Childminder Jess Hall Childminder Karen Kingston Childminder Tracy Lee Childminder Natalie Lewis Childminder Sarah Linnell Childminder John McLean Childminder Julie Mortimer Childminder Carol Sheasby Childminder Laura Sheridan Childminder


Lauren Tew


Childminder Sadie Turnbull Angels Day Care Centre


Belgrave CE Primary School Bright Sparks Day Nursery Buckden Preschool Playgroup Bundles of Fun (Childminder) Busy Bees Day Nursery


Busy Little Fingers (Childminder) Canterbury Road Day Nursery


Clarecroft Day Nursery 4 Practical Pre-School Awards 2010


Helen Anthony Lisa Sarikaya Carolyn Below Sonia Wall


Deborah Else Angela Walker


Valerie and David Madeley


Jo Hewitt Anthea Bailey


Dunkys’ Day Nursery (Runcorn) Durdans Park Nursery Educare1 Day Nursery


Egerton & Walmsley Playgroup Hickory House Day Nursery Jollytots Toddler Group Kids Planet Day Nurseries Little MarVal’s Pre-School


Morgan Vale & Woodfalls Pre-School Norton Pre-School Priestley House,


Batley Grammar School Rotherly Day Nursery Sheepsetting Pre-School


Jill Guy


Sylvia Hammant Sue Ridgway


Veronica Holstead Andrea Barlone Julia Trainer


Amanda Brown Valerie Bond Verity Jaffray Anne Gladwish


Melanie Drummond Valerie Champion


Jacquie Fuller


South Kidlington Infant Pre-School (SKIPS) Rebecca Simmonds St James’ Toddler Group & Childminder Liz McAnaw St Mary’s C.A. School


St Thomas’ Hospital Nursery Thornton Childcare


Tilda Henry’s


Tina’s Childminding Service Whitby EC Mums and Tots


Jo Richards Alison Swann


Jane and Tim Thornton


Victoria


Williams-Lilley Tina Clavering Ruth Little


Your Child Matters Childminding Service Ann Ross


All applications must be received by December 31 2010. The panel will be selected in January 2011.


Being a tester requires work. It is fun, but you need to be organised and keep to a deadline. You also need to be prepared to comment candidly about equipment.


To be considered as a tester, apply before December 31 2010 to: awards@practicalpreschool.com


Or write to: Gold awards testing panel: Evolution PR, The Abbey Centre, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG


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