Wilma Allan Award

An annual award to recognise excellent practice of childcare students on placement with babies and/or toddlers up to 2 years of age.

Students suitable for nomination will be studying on the CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Level 3) or the FdA Degree in Childhood Studies.

 

About Wilma Allan

This award was created in memory of Wilma Allan, a former employee of the Trust.  Wilma was a person who noticed the actions of hardworking, unassuming achievers who constantly delivered.

The Nomination Process

Nominations can be made by placement supervisors or senior staff members from the student’s day nursery placement at any time during the academic year.

Contact Kate at the Trust stating the student’s name and a small insight into the student’s practice and how it has gone above and beyond.

All nominees are contacted by the Trust and invited to provide some more information.  This can be done in a variety of ways.  For example, photos, witness statements or written submissions to show:

  • What they did
  • Why they did it
  • What difference they think it made for children and/or parents
  • How they knew it made a difference

The closing date for nominations will be the end of each academic school year with the winner announced in the following Autumn Term.

Winner of the 2019 Wilma Allan Award

In 2019 the winner of the award was Honor Butel.  Her placement was at Little Oaks Nursery.

This year’s winner was nominated by the manager of her placement nursery who characterised her practice as outstanding but it was the candidate’s passion for the profession which really stood out to the judges.

Of her practice the nursery manager said…..

Her overall practice is excellent, she has obviously taken on board what she has learnt from college, past placements and experiences to mould herself as a wonderful practitioner. 

 

The Emma then went on to describe how her support of a child with additional needs in their setting personified her commitment, passion and suitability to early years care stating  ‘Nothing was too much for her and she would delay going on her lunch to spend time settling him and sitting with him during lunch times.   Her calm nature suited him and even after a worker joined us from the Trust she would support in her absence and during afternoon sessions.

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‘this is an experience that I will always remember as it has enlightened me and presented me with a potential future career opportunity, something which I would not have thought about prior to this’.

Honor Butel Wilma Allan Award Winner 2019 April 16, 2020

Of this experience Honor said ‘this is an experience that I will always remember as it has enlightened me and presented me with a potential future career opportunity, something which I would not have thought about prior to this’.

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