Hungry Caterpillar Superstar Awards 2015

Superstar Staff Awards 2015


On Friday 4th December, the entire Hungry Caterpillar team gathered at Ealing Town Hall for our final staff training day. The day was dedicated to celebrating the achievements of individuals and nurseries across the company. I’m sure you will join us in congratulating our 2015 winners for their amazing achievements.

Nursery of the Year – West Twyford 

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Congratulations to the whole team. This award recognises consistent high standards in all areas including a fantastic pre-school learning environment, a super cosy and welcoming baby room, consistently high occupancy even during holiday periods and positive attitude to change and development. Until recently the percentage of children with additional needs was the highest of all our settings but each child and family were supported full with no short cuts. The team work together and are always embracing the next challenge led by the ever-enthusiastic Ela.

Runner Up Nursery of the Year – Stanburn


Our worthy runners up are the team at Stanburn. Despite challenges the team have fully taken on board and put into practice actions needed to reach the next level. The learning environment is of very high standard and despite having the smallest Hungry Caterpillar garden of all, staff ensure it offers challenge and interest to the children.

Manager of the Year – Michelle Richards, Yeading


Michelle is the newest member of our management team; however the improvements she has made in her nursery and the dynamics of our team have been recognised company wide. She has fitted in perfectly with the established team – staff describe her as supportive, approachable, friendly, calm and knowledgeable. In such a short time the nursery has been completely transformed and all visitors can sense the joy and warmth that radiates from the team under her management.

Manager of the Year (Administration) – Lauren Watt, Northolt


Well done to Lauren Watt, who appreciates and understands the importance of the administrative side of Nursery Management. Lauren’s communication and time keeping in relation to admin tasks is exemplary despite managing one of our busiest nurseries.

Nursery Practitioner of the Year – Kevin Kailani, Hathaway


Kevin’s dedication and passion for working with children is instantly evident to all that meet him. Kevin’s excellent practice was specifically mentioned in Hathaway’s recent Ofsted inspection and he always receives positive feedback from parents and visitors.

Newcomer of the Year – Francesca Jastrzebska, Northolt

Since joining, Francesca’s practice and attitude have proved her to be a truly professional practitioner. She has already built amazing relationships with the children, staff and families and has hit the floor running with regards to her impact on daily nursery life.

Support Role of the Year –  Amy Morris, Head Office


Well done to Amy, nominated several times for her commitment, drive and ability to get things done whilst showing real kindness and warmth to all the people that she works with. Amy has patiently supported managers as they got to grips with our new approach to marketing and has implemented many new initiatives throughout the year.

Support Role of the Year – Simon & Luis, Maintenance Team


Well done to our maintenance team for their patience, hard work and dedication to maintaining the indoor and outdoor environments of all 9 settings. Simon and Luis give 110% in all they do and have created the most amazing things for the managers at their requests! Very well deserved!

Nursery Personality of the Year – Makaela Peters, Yeading


Makaela’s upbeat personality. confidence and energy has made a difference to her colleagues and the families she supports. Described by her team as determined, a good motivator, professional, firm but never rude, she is always co-operative and helpful. Huge congratulations for being Hungry Cats’ first and worthy Nursery Personality of the Year.

Nursery Chef of the Year – Kenny Dunton, Yeading


Kenny always shows 110% commitment and passion in his daily work and is fully committed to delivering delicious and nutritious meals to the children. In addition, Kenny’s flexible ‘can do’ attitude has been invaluable in supporting the wider team and other nurseries.

Hungry Caterpillar Team of the Year – Head Office


.The team at Head Office supports each other, achieves its goals and assists others to achieve theirs. Head Office are this year’s praiseworthy winners nominated several times by managers in recognition of the huge amount of support and guidance they offer. In addition, the team have coped with huge changes in structure and job roles over the past 12 months but have managed to continue delivering at the highest level.

Indoor Learning Environment – Stanburn


Stanburn’s wonderful indoor environment inspires and excites children. It is always changing and demonstrates full involvement of the children in their learning. The team have made huge improvements which and consistently maintained and this shows the team’s ability to think outside the box for new ideas.

Outdoor Learning Environment – Hathaway


You can’t fail to be impressed by the amazing outdoor classroom created by the team at Hathaway. There is always a huge range of activities on offer and the areas are always changing and developing. Children can’t help but be inspired and excited.

Long Service & Attendance Award

These awards recognise staff with 5 years+ Hungry Caterpillar service and staff with 0 sick days throughout 2015.

Long Service:

  • Manprit Kaur, Hathaway (5years)
  •  Hannah Odero, Hathaway (10years)
  •  Chelsey Gilder, Northolt (6years)
  • Audrey Stewart, Stanburn (5 years)
  • Kam Matharu, Yeading (7years)
  • Claudine Fearon, Yeading (10years)
  • Kirsty McCoy, yeading (5years)
  • Sam Rumble, Head Office (7years)


Maria Piseddu, Simona Sontea, Sasha Northam, Caren Carpenter, Manprit Kaur, Stevie Langton, Dean Tomlin, Amie Tunley, Lucy White, Ionela Konyardi, Rasha zelzale,  Claudine Fearon, Lisa Rae, Audrey Stewart, Ioana Moldovan, Arulrano Nanthaseelan, Thilakawathy Krishnathasan, Asmeet Devgun, Kenny Dunton, Amy Morris, Sam Rumble, Chris Roblett, Jackie Picot, Simon Picot, Luis Colaco.

Our Steering Group

Hungry Caterpillar Steering Group

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We are passionate about listening to what our team members have to say about how we can develop and drive our Organisation to further excellence and for each and everyone of our team to invest in our vision and future. With the support of our Operations Manager, Chris Roblett we now have a dedicated group of team members known as ‘ambassadors’ have become the voice of their colleagues across our Head Office and Nurseries and everything shared to them shall be raised at each of our Steering Group meetings and then discussed at senior management level. “This is an exciting time for us with so many new initiatives happening across our Company. This simply epitomises the vision of the Company in wanting to gain the valued opinions of all of its members, we always want to hear the voice of the people that matter – our team” Chris Roblett, Operations Manager.


Chelsey Gilder

Ambassador for: Northolt & Perivale


Phone: 0208 845 6162


Natisha Dundas-Allard

Ambassador for: Head Office, Stanburn & Warrender


Phone: 0208 845 6162


Stevie Langton

Ambassador for: Hathaway & West Twyford


Phone: 0208 991 5264


Claudine Fearon

Ambassador for: Yeading, Acton & Acton Park


Phone: 0208 842 3003

Staff Training Day at Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries

Superstar Staff Awards Ceremony


On the 5th of December the entire Hungry Caterpillars team gathered for our final training day of the year.

The day was dedicated to celebrating the achievement of individuals and nurseries across the company and concluded with our first ever “Superstar Staff Award Ceremony”.  Awards were given for a variety of achievements:

Each nursery team were asked to participate in the festive themed  Hungry Caterpillar Bake Off.  The vast array of wonderful cakes were judged by Olivia, the Director of Hungry Caterpillars.
1st place based on taste and presentation were awarded to the team at our Northolt Nursery. We know where to go to have our cup of tea and cake from now on!


Best Attendance
Head office reviewed individual staff attendance across the year and recognised those with the best attendance throughout the year with an award and gift voucher.

Well done to the follow staff:

  • Acton: Maria Pissedu, Rahma Abdi
  • Acton Park: Shqipe Simnica, Kalthoum Harizi
  • Hathaway: Caren Carpenter, Lisa Rae, Azzedine Tigherassine
  • Head Office: Sam Rumble, Janice Busby
  • Northolt: Natisha Dundas-Allard
  • Northwood: Emily Demitriou
  • Stanburn: Andreia Cepoi, Jugnu Hemnani, Ioana Moldovan, Baljit Bulsara
  • West Twyford: Ela Konyardi, Kaysha Isaac-Corbin, Cosmina Buluceu
  • Yeading: Claudine Fearon, Makaela Peters, Colleen Farrell, Ranjeet Dosajh
Long Standing Staff

Olivia and Tim particularly wanted to show appreciation for the longest serving members of the team who have seen many changes not only at Hungry Caterpillars but overall in the sector.  Throughout that time they have remained dedicated to their vocation and the children and families at Hungry Caterpillars. An award and gift voucher was presented to all staff that have been part of our team for over 5 years.


Our appreciation goes to:

  • Sam Rumble, Head Office – Started June 2008.
  • Hannah Odero, Hathaway – Started September 2005
  • Chelsey Gilder, Northolt – Started September 2009
  • Shenaz Amersi, Northwood – Started January 2008
  • Claudine Fearon, Yeading – Started February 2005
  • Kamaljit Matharu, Yeading – Started August 2008


Peer Nominated Awards
This was a very special category in which staff had the opportunity  to nominate their colleagues for a variety of awards which  recognise those that have gone above and beyond in 2014.
Each nominee should be very proud that their peers recognise their  skills and what they bring to the team. Childcare is team work after  all, none of us could do it alone.


The category winners are:

  • Happiest Staff Member: Chloe Chislett from Yeading Nursery
  • Best at Planning: Sasha Northam from Acton Park Nursery
  • Best Parent Partnership: Sarah Wardlow at Northwood Nursery
  • Most Creative: Lisa Rae at Hathaway Nursery
  • Best Appearance: Amisha Joshi at Perivale Nursery
  • Staff Member who best personifies what we are: Lisa Rae at Hathaway
  • Best Newcomer Practitioner: Christopher Hamblin at Yeading Nursery
  • Best Apprentice: Hina Siddique at Acton Park Nursery
  • Staff member always willing to go the ‘extra mile’: Kam Matharu at Yeading Nursery


The Best of the Best
Our final and most prestigious awards, which were also nominated by managers and their teams were as follows…


Support Role of the Year
Jackie Picot – Head Office
Since taking on the role of fees administrator Jackie has given much needed clarity, consistency, knowledge and support. Her nursery colleagues feels that she will go above and beyond to support where needed and to be able to follow up with prompt actions. Well done Jackie!


Nursery Apprentice of the Year
Kerys O’Sullivan – Yeading
Our worthy NMT finalist and in our eyes a true winner! Kerys took the challenge of coming out of a well achieved sector to come into childcare. Since this decision Kerys has given commitment, determination and embracing all areas of her chosen profession. Kerys will go above and beyond her role.


Nursery Practitioner of the Year
Natasha Bennett – Acton
Overwhelmingly nominated by her peers Natasha has had a challenging and rocky start to her management career since being at Acton. With a struggling site and an enormous amount of change at senior personnel level Natasha has shown real staying power, loyalty, eagerness to learn and improve and adopt systems. Natasha strives for the best not only for her own development but for others around her. Natasha has forged strong key relationships with our traveller families and become a key figure within our Hungry Caterpillar community. Natasha is growing from strength to strength. Well done!


Best Outdoor Environment
Acton Park
 Clear, loaded and defined areas with an abundance of learning  and teaching opportunities.  Continual growing activities and  specific attention to detail with activities. Even with  the challenge of nature this area is beautifully set out daily.




Best Indoor Environment

 Always bright, clean, organised and meaningful with detailed  learning environment and so  much pride and effort goes into every detail. Any diversity is always met with a calm eye to  detail and they manage to display in every area child led, focus and spontaneity. A recent  Harrow audit of the indoor surrounds was exemplary, our Stanburn nursery goes from  strength to strength.




Manager of the Year
Clare Porter

Overwhelming amount of votes from a range of Hungry Caterpillar colleagues who have found Clare’s dogged determination, pearls of wisdom and guidance to achieve the best of others. Clare demonstrates and shares Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries vision and committed to not only the Company but her profession. Clare’s biggest achievement is to shape, lead and develop a struggling Ofsted graded ‘requires improvement’ nursery and of real concern to the Directors and Operations team. In the short time since her leadership the team are settled, progressing and positive feedback from internal and external partners. The gratitude and comments from the parents, her team and external professionals speaks volumes. Clare’s senior role has also not gone unnoticed with her sage advice and follows up on challenging and difficult issues around SEN and operations. Clare is a worthy Manager of the year!

RUNNER UP – Nursery of the Year

 Yeading has the daily task of sharing a somewhat challenging  environment and one they do  incredibly well with their set up, layout  and seeing the rooms through Child’s eyes. The team are some of  our long standing individuals showing clear commitment and loyalty to  not only their chosen profession but to Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries. This is evident through internal and external parties commenting on strong child interactions that they are committed to the care and well being of their children continually. Well done!

Nursery of the Year

 All year round beautiful indoor and out, a team of passionate and  innovative members  with an abundance of ideas around embracing  families and desire to achieve excellence. The team have clear champions in place and support this vision of our Company. A strong  and founded management team with a clear vision and action plan of  where they need to be and heading too. Always putting themselves forward for media and marketing events –  recent Bird House challenge for Nursery World. Hathaway over the year has maintained excellence and time after time have been a bedrock of support to other sites. A worthy winner for 2014.
Overall the award ceremony was a fantastic success and a fabulous end to a busy year at Hungry Caterpillars. Well done to all the winners and those that were nominated and a big thank you to the whole team for a great years work.

Best wishes

Olivia Foley, Founder of Hungry Caterpillars

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