On Saturday 15th September, Enchanted Forest Early Learning hosting a glittering award ceremony for their staff team at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport. With five nursery settings in the West of Scotland caring for over 600 children, Enchanted Forest Early Learning employ over 100 staff. Parents of children and fellow colleagues submitted nominations over various categories with three finalists being selected to be showcased on the evening, allowing for a truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
Staff were asked to don their gladrags and join each other in celebrating personal and collective successes, whilst all the while remembering that at the heart of everything they do each day is the child. More than just awards, the night was a way to recognise and thank every member of the team for the work they do each and every day in improving outcomes for Scotland’s youngest children. The awards room was themed to highly acclaimed The Greatest Showman movie and created an inspiring space for everyone to enjoy great food and a few bubbles.
On the evening, entertainment was provided by insightful videos captured by Greenock company Gryffe Studios which showcased the hard work of the Enchanted Forest team, but also had a very strong message to ensure that everyone left remembering the philosophy that they are only as good as their last day and we need to strive to improve each day. The showstopping moment of the evening was when CEO Bernie Devlin delivered a surprise performance based on The Greatest Showman movie with dancers from Gourock’s Dance 1 Studio. To top off the evening and keep everything running smoothly and sparkly, the evening was hosted by the inimitable entertainer and friend Mr Edward Reid, who had the full room on their feet and dancing the conga by 7pm!
Awards were presented by business people and associates who work with Enchanted Forest and employees with over five years service were recognised for their loyalty.
Brian Smith, Workforce Development Adviser, Scottish Social Services Council who presented an award commented ‘A brilliant evening celebrating success around practice and about making every child the best they can be’.
The local charity Children in Poverty Inverclyde is held very close to CEO Bernie Devlin who set a four month challenge to each staff team to raise as much as possible for this very worthy cause. After hikes up Ben Lomond and Ben Arthur, cycles around Millport to car washing by our children a fantastic total of £3125 has been raised.
Mariessa Devlin, Managing Director comments ‘We are acutely aware of the incredible job our staff team do on a daily basis, our awards evening was a way of showcasing their work but most of all it allowed us to celebrate together and say thank you for all they do. We know that success is not about individuals, but very much about those we surround ourselves with and it is important to Bernie and I that we find innovative ways to recognise the work of our team. On the night, our CEO sent out a strong message of our Enchanted Forest purpose and why we all need to work as a team to deliver the best outcomes for our youngest children.’
- Rising Star, Paula Russel (Central Team)
- Early Years Support Worker, Maria Moore (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Early Years Educator, Jamie Bachoo (Enchanted Forest Erskine)
- Leader of the Year, Maria Marshall (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Enabling Environments, Enchanted Forest Inverkip
- Shining Star, Stacey McDonald (Enchanted Forest Robroyston)
- WOW Award, Kirsty Whiteside (Enchanted Forest Thornliebank)
Leader without a Title, Michelle Gorman (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Top Performer, Michelle Gorman (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Manager of the Year, Jennifer Mullin (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Managing Director Award, Siobhan Black (Central Team)
- Special Recognition, Louise Stringer (Enchanted Forest Erskine) and Yvonne Glass (Enchanted Forest Greenock)
- Nursery of the Year, Enchanted Forest Greenock
- CEO Award, Lisa McGarry (Central Team)