THE National Day Nursery Association have their annual awards every year and they have nominated a member of staff from a nursery in Lancashire.
Kayleigh Ralphs has been nominated by parents who had to submit 150 words about her and the care she gives to their children.
Kayleigh who works at The Legacy Nursery on Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley was an existing member of the team who volunteered to work with a child who enrolled at the nursery who displayed a range of complex medical needs and severe disability.
Her commitment and determination to this role has been exceptional. Not only does she perform skilled medical procedures with the child but she also has the skills and knowledge to fully integrate the child within the nursery and utilise the existing resources and environment to enrich the child’s learning and experiences at the nursery.
The NDNA Awards has recognised Kayleigh as a worthy candidate from the amazing nomination submitted by a parent about the care Kayleigh gives to her two year old son.
The nomination read: “To take on whole care (personal care and also medical care) for a two year old with severe and complex needs and form a bond that has flourished in the nursery environment is a quality that a parent of a child with acute needs can only hope for. Kayleigh is a practitioner with a knowledge base of inclusive play and creativity that is rare. Kayleigh balances her role with a true regard and bond, and her collaborative approach to dealing with all the other professionals involved in his care is creditable. Kayleigh is a true example of a committed, compassionate practitioner and I cannot recommend her highly enough or commend The Legacy Nursery enough for seeing her skills”.
The NDNA Nursery Awards presentation and dinner is on June 19 in Manchester, supported by Christie & Co and will be held this year at the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester.