We're delighted to announce our My First Poem 2015 winner as Step by Step Private Nursery in Glasgow, who've been awarded the £1,000 first prize to improve their outdoor space into a wonderful play area for their children.
"We were delighted to receive our winners' cheque from 'My First Poem' and used the money to improve our outdoor play space. This now includes a wide range of learning environments for our children and the children can make use of the out of doors in all weathers. We would not have been able to make such and improvement without this funding - thank you very much!"
As we received hundreds of requests to win the money and picking one winner was much harder than we ever thought. It was a real team effort; editors, typists, customer services and directors read the letters. We couldn't pick just one winner, so decided to award several more smaller prizes too!
We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Templar Publishing, Macmillan Children's Books and Walker Books for being Lending Library sponsors to 3 settings. The brilliant sponsors have kindly provided the nurseries with 20 books to start their own libraries!
Thank you so much to every setting who entered, we hope you enjoyed taking part and we look forward to hearing from you in 2016.
Three settings told us they'd spend the £1,000 prize money on setting up a lending library. Templar Publishing, Macmillan Children's Books and Walker Books have each sponsored a setting and sent them 20 books to help kick-start the lending library projects!
Hawksworth Children's Centre, Liverpool sponsored by Macmillan Children's Books
Just Kidz, Kent sponsored by Templar Books
Great Haywood Under 5s Pre-School, Stafford sponsored by Walker Books
And a final big thank you to Hachette Children's Books, who've kindly donated a huge pile of books, which we've shared out and donated to 9 settings, who expressed an interest in buying books with the prize money, if they won.
Tiny Steps Day Nursery, Milton Keynes
ABC Rainbow Day Nursery, Rayleigh
Highfield Pre-School, Harpenden
New Beginnings Day Nurseries, Rainham
Bute Cottage Nursery School, Penarth
Cared4 Ltd, Nottingham
Sunshine Nursery Ltd, Glenrothes
Kids United Playgroup, Surbiton
Redcroft Day Nursery, Sleaford