We are so pleased to share that we have won the Eco-Friendly Early Years Award at the 2023 Nursery World Awards! This achievement recognises Acorn’s eco-friendly approach and blossoming sustainability journey in many aspects of our work, ranging from management, to connecting children with nature on a regular basis and educating and inspiring them with what sustainable living can look like.

You can read more about our approach and work so far in the awards book on page 33: https://papyrus.exacteditions.com/issues/112924/spread/1

Congratulations to The Old Forge Day Nursery in Derby too, with whom we shared the winner spot and the celebration of our eco-journeys so far!

From left to right: Paul Whitehouse (actor & comedian), Zoe Raven (Acorn’s CEO), Daniela Gonzalez (Eco-Lead at Acorn at Sharnbrook), Santa Svike (Acorn’s Sustainability Lead), Hayley Read (Eco-Lead at Acorn at Shenley), Mike Box (from the award sponsor 'Hope')

We were also shortlisted amongst over 600 applications as finalists for the Nursery Food award and the Trainer of the Year award (for our Early Years Manager & Trainer, Becky Watanabe). 

From left to right: Sarah Nicholls (Acorn’s Senior Nursery Chef), Steve Petty (Acorn’s Facilities and Health & Safety Manager), Emily Hepden (Acorn’s Head of Finance), Zoe Raven (Acorn’s CEO), Brian Russell (Acorn’s Catering Manager), Santa Svike (Acorn’s Sustainability Lead), Simon Prudden (Acorn’s Head Chef), Laura Tingey (Acorn’s Head of Early Years & Compliance), Hayley Read (Eco-Lead at Acorn at Shenley) and Daniela Gonzalez (Eco-Lead at Acorn at Sharnbrook).

Thank you to Nursery World for the brilliant evening - it was truly wonderful to be in a room full of inspiring people and celebrating best practice across the early years sector!