Tricia Pritchard highly commended in Nursery World Awards 2016

Date: 25.09.16
Senior Professional Officer Tricia Pritchard highly commended in the Nursery World Awards 2016,Individuals: Outstanding Contribution.

25 September 2016

Tricia Pritchard highly commended in Nursery World Awards 2016

Congratulations to Tricia Pritchard, Senior Professional Officer (Early Years and Childcare / Wider Workforce) with Voice: the union for education professionals, who was highly commended in the Nursery World Awards 2016, in the category: Individuals: Outstanding Contribution.

See below for details of her nomination.


 July 2016 

Tricia Pritchard finalist in Nursery World Awards 2016

Congratulations to Tricia Pritchard, Senior Professional Officer (Early Years and Childcare / Wider Workforce) with Voice: the union for education professionals, who has been announced as a finalist in the Nursery World Awards 2016, in the category: Individuals: Outstanding Contribution.

The finalists, who were selected from a list of nominees by a panel of eminent panel of judges from across the early years sector, will  now go forward to the Awards evening on 24 September at the Brewery in London, when the winners will be revealed.

Tricia has worked for the independent union for 30 years. She was first appointed bythe Professional Association of Nursery Nurses (PANN) in 1986.In 1995, following a ballot of its members, PANNbecame a section of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT), which became Voice in 2008. Her current role includes providing support and advice for members and advising the union on early years and childcare policy. 

Her nomination for the Nursery World Awards, which was supported by childcare insurer Morton Michel, Chiltern Nursery and Training College and Norland College, was: 

“In recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in campaigning for the registration of nannies and for the active on-going work she does in developing and promoting safer recruiting practices by employers and for the safeguarding of children cared for in their own home by a currently unregulated workforce.” 

“Tricia is employed as Senior Professional Officer for Voice, the union for early years professionals.  She has just completed 30 years' service.  However, Tricia’s influence in the sector transcends the limits of her employed role and has influenced numerous and varied initiatives and campaigns over the years. 

“She formed and chairs the national Regulation Matters Campaign, supported by a number of the UK’s most reputable childcare and early years organisations. The Regulation Matters Campaign calls for the registration of all childcarers in the UK, so that nannies and other home childcarers are brought under the same regulatory umbrella and held to the registration standards currently required of childminders in order to safeguard children, improve childcare standards, and create consistency in the childcare industry. 

“Tricia strives to utilise every opportunity to raise awareness about this issue. She has written many magazine articles on the subject, taken part in numerous TV current affairs and documentaries, and given endless media interviews both at home and abroad, highlighting the risks to children and young people when standards of registration and regulation are not applied equally across the childcare and early years sectors. 

“She launched the prestigious PANN Nanny of the Year Award and this led to the organisation and chairing of a number of Professional Nanny Conferences. 

“Over the years Tricia has worked alongside organisations such as: Cache / REC / Nursery World / Norland / Chiltern / NCB / ECF / 4Children / Asquith / Eden / Busy Bees / Nannytax / ANA / Bapn / Daycare Trust and many others – all in support of gaining recognition for all childcares but in particular nannies.  

“She has lobbied Parliament, met with Ministers, opposition MPs, various government departments – all to argue for raising standards, greater recognition and respect for the childcare and early years workforce.” 

 

 Tricia Pritchard  


Further information

Nursery World Awards 2016 finalists

Regulation Matters


 

Contact:

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