Awards awards awards! Tops Celebrate Colleague Excellence

On Saturday 6th October, over 200 individuals attended an ‘around the world’ themed evening to recognise and celebrate the achievements and hard work of over 500 Hadland Care Group staff during 2018.

Colleagues from across group’s three companies met at The O2 in Bournemouth. Colleagues from Tops Day Nurseries, Aspire Training Team and Reside Care Homes travelled from over 30 locations based in Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

During the presentation, over 30 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. As well as the ABCD awards there were a number of other awards given out such as the Aspire Learners awards, Best Dressed, ECO Award, Inspirational Managers Award, Directors Award and the Managing Directors Award.

Inspirational Managers Award

Vicki Sedgwick,

“Vicki is a true inspiration to Tops and she has a genuine passion for her role. Vicki inspires me to make changes to my nursery and I look up to her as a manager. She truly goes above and beyond”

Directors Award

Paula Garrett,

“Paula is such an exceptional role model to managers and colleagues. Paula is so organised and I always feel so reassured when she supports a setting with a complaint or query, I know absolutely everything will be covered and all deadlines will be met.  Paula is such a valued member of the team and is an absolute pleasure to work with, congratulation Paula, you truly deserve the recognition for all you do, well done and THANK YOU”

Managing Directors Award

Jo Penn,

“A special award and a thank you to Jo Penn, H&S Manager.  She had to learn very quickly about the care homes and support them through their challenges this year, and of course has had the job of assessing all the new nurseries at Yeovil, Babbacombe and Plymouth on top of the existing 19 which has increased her workload significantly.  She has done all this with a smile and with strength.  She has been very flexible, and professional, but best of all she manages to deliver the long job lists, and help with many of them, in a pleasant and encouraging way.  Jo helps us make our working environments safe for us and for the children in our care.  Thank you.”

ABCD Award winners…


Glenn Tarrant,

“Glenn is always there whenever I have had any problems and is very reliable and trustworthy.”

Head Office

Hannah Fugatt,

“Hannah has recently been promoted and nothing is ever too much trouble in her new role. When people raise queries or ask questions Hannah is always happy to help and so friendly and professional. Thank you so much for always going above and beyond, it’s a pleasure to work with you!”

Kevin Coster,

“Kev works incredibly hard for the company, he travels to all of the sites when needed to resolve any issues, is always happy to help with any problem, and often stays late or works from home until gone midnight to ensure everything is running as smoothly as possible. He is a real asset for the company and a top guy as well!”


Sharna Levett,

“Sharna has helped in both floors and has helped all staff to improve their practice and shares all her ideas to help make the room more engaging”


Stephanie Ridleagh,

“Steph always goes above and beyond what is expected of her, I feel I can go to Steph with any problems I may have and she will listen and help in any way she can. Steph is always willing to stay on late or come on early to help the nursery and offers fantastic support and guidance to other staff. Steph is a real asset to this nursery and we are lucky to have her as part of the team.”


Maria Theresa Barber-Lopez,

“Maria, you always have a positive attitude, you always know what should be done, whenever I’m put in the Nest you know I’m not familiar with babies and will direct me with what needs to be done and take the time to show me how to complete paperwork properly. No one has a bad word to say about you, I love your attitude and the babies absolutely love you, keep doing what you’re doing.”


Catherine Foster,

“Always has a bubbly and happy attitude which makes the room and the people in it happy. Catherine is always happy and willing to help out were needed.”

Jemima Perry,

“Jemima is a kind caring person to all she works with including parents, children and colleagues. She is eager to learn new things and implement these sills with the children so that they have the best outcomes.”

Zoe Coombes,

“Zoe is engaging  with the children and having fun with them while extending their learning, whichever room she is in”


Jeanette Le’Normand,

“Jeanette has been very supportive and supports me as a room manager, I am able to turn to Jeanette for advice when needed.”

Leah Michelle Pinney,

“For the ongoing support she gives as a room manager to myself and all staff.”


Ilona Ahmed,

“For always going above and beyond in your role. For all the amazing ideas you have for activities and the constant encouragement you give the younger members of the team.”

Leanne Pullen,

“She is a great room leader and has taken on such a big role. You are amazing at your role and you have shown me so many different things and helped in so many ways.”


Danielle Fullbrook,

“She is amazing at what she does, she has a fantastic bond with the children and the parents. She has grown so much since I have been at Christchurch. She is a real asset to the team!”

Corfe Mullen

Charlotte Richardson,

For being THE best room manager and person to look up to at work. You always go above and beyond with everything you do, I love coming to work because I get to work in an amazing room with amazing care for the babies. You are out of this world at what you do!!”


Victoria Peake,

“For stepping up and helping the team and parents when the acting manager was off poorly”


Victoria King

“She has helped me through some hard times and made me regain some of my confidence again”


Jeannie Evans,

“For working all the hours you do at work and then going home and working again to finish your Level 3. You work so hard! Also thank you so much for always being there for support when I am running the explorers room. Thank you for always being so happy and for doing such a great job all the time!”

Joanne Perry,

“For stepping up to room manager position in the preschool and always putting the children first. She creates such imaginative and creative displays that engage the children, and always goes above and beyond to best care for the children.”


Nivara Milaskiewicz,

“Nivara has gone above and beyond this year with all her dedication to Havant’s Cooking School. The children have absolutely loved it. She has also assisted greatly in our transition from being ‘cook-less’ always offering to prepare snacks/help out in the kitchen with no complaints at all. She sets up brilliant activities for the children & all this whilst being a casual. She is truly an asset to our team.”


Amy Mcgiffen,

“Amy is a very ambitious member of the Lakeside team. She has some amazing bonds with children in her allocated room and is always willing to help others. She is completing tasks which are above her job role as an apprentice and we have become very close as friends. She has excelled in having key children and always make sure every child is getting the best care and attention. It’s a joy to work with her”


Ellie Hurford,

“Ellie has been an outstanding asset to the team at Lymington. She has grown in confidence and this shines in her practice. The staff team have the utmost respect for her and the children and parents adore her. She has a true passion for her role and has been an amazing support to myself”

Mini Mariners 

Kirsty Carins,

“From being my Room manager, mentor and then Deputy Manager, Kirsty has been there to support me and my work ethic throughout the whole time. There has never been a time where she has come into work distracted or with low energy. She shows real passion towards her job here in the setting and shows real care and affection towards the staff and children.”


Lucy Symes,

“For settling into preschool so quickly and taking everything in your stride”


Ellie Gamble,

“Ellie demonstrates kindness and continuous support to all the children, she is approachable and very reassuring to the parents when needing a little extra support. She goes above and beyond when thinking of fun and exciting activities for the children to engage in. Ellie is eager to contribute and learning from others, she offers support to others sharing her ideas.”


Mikala Brian,

“Mikala is a truly dedicated member of staff. She goes above and beyond for the children in her care and always does it with a smile on her face. She is an asset to Tops Parkstone and she supports me and the preschool team with so much enthusiasm. I’m very grateful for her and her hard work. Thank you, Mikala.”


Joanne Higgins,

“Jo is fantastic with the children and always ready for a new challenge. I am very proud of her work and I have learned so much with her! Thank you, Jo.”


Poppy Ludford,

“She’s been with the tops family 7 years and all at Tops Portsmouth love Poppy and her work ethic. She’s a highlight to the company and the children and parents love her.”

Prince Rock

Melanie Mills,

“Mel goes above and beyond and always gets the best out of the staff around her.”


Rebecca Mitchell,

“Becky always tries to go that extra mile when promoting activities in pre-school. She looks for the children’s interests and tries to extend activities that they will enjoy, not just focusing on each area of development”


Morgan Johnson,

“Morgan was promoted to room manager in the pre-school and has made a huge impact on both the room and the families who attend. She has formed wonderful relationships with the children and managed to support a wide range of additional needs. She greets children with their home language and gives lots of thought to what support she can offer the children and their families. She is so passionate about her job and truly cares for the children which is reflected in all she does. I would like to thank Morgan for all her hard work and for being a positive role model to her colleagues! ”


Holly Real,

“For always giving outstanding feedback to myself and always helping and supporting other rooms. I wouldn’t be the room manager I am today without your consistent support. Thank you!”


Anna Griffiths,

“Anna is an outstanding member of staff who will always put others before herself and ensure that standards are high and that outstanding and awesome customer service is given to all our families, children and outside professionals. You go above and beyond every single day!”


Bianca Happle

Bianca always has a smile on her face. Her dedication to not only the company and staff but to the families and children is outstanding. Bianca is a kind and caring person who gives so much to anyone that needs anything. She is what Tops Day Nurseries stands for.


Roxanne Heal,

“Being new to the Tops family, as we all are, Roxanne has taken on board all advice is given and is shining as a level 3 practitioner. Roxanne has taken in all feedback and used it to her advantage to better her practice and the development of Tops Yeovil. I believe Roxanne is a great asset to the nursery and I look forward to seeing her continued development through this exciting transition. Well done Roxy, really proud to have you as part of the team.”

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