The 2015 International What's On 4 Junior Awards celebrate the very best kid's activity providers in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
Our 9th National Annual Awards reward, celebrate and recognise those companies, organisations and individuals providing the very best activities, classes, days out and parties for young families and children across the UK.
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Junior Awards will once again be run in association with Drayton Manor Hotel & Theme Park! We enjoyed an emotional and exciting 2014 Awards Ceremony at this fantastic family-friendly venue and we look forward to returning on Friday 19th June 2015. Click here for more details regarding the Drayton Manor Hotel and Theme Park.
We are delighted that our Awards will once again be hosted by the lovely Lucy Piper. Lucy has hosted major parenting and fashion events in UK and the USA and has appeared on TV including Sky and The Baby Channel. Lucy is also a mum and therefore really understands the importance of getting out and about with little ones and the difference classes and group activities make to parent's lives! She is a real star and her professionalism and warmth make the ceremony extra special!
Each year gets bigger and better!! In 2014 we received nearly 90,000 international votes! Such a fantastic response from the UK's parents who want to reward those providers who have made such a different to their - and their children's - lives!
See our Awards across the world! The What's On 4 Junior Awards will also this year be running in Ireland and Australia...!
And if you are interested in becoming a partner in our Awards, then click here for more information!
Congratulations to this year's What's On 4 Junior Awards Finalists (in alphabetical order).
We look forward to joining you at Drayton Manor on Friday 19th June for the 2015 Awards Ceremony where the winners will be announced.
Best Pre/Post Natal Activity - Sponsored by babyworld.co.uk :
BabyCalm - Leicester
Bonding With Baby - Aberdeen
First Aid For Life - London
Fit School: Fit Mums / Karen Laing - Epping & West Essex
Yoga Wellbeing / Pre-natal Yoga - Worcestershire
Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years) - Sponsored by Konfidence :
Music with Mummy / Jolly Babies
Sing and Sign
Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity (2 to 5 years) :
Music with Mummy / Three Four Time
Sing and Sign
Best Local Activity for the Under 5s - Sponsored by mumandworking :
Bilinguasing - South East & Midlands
Dandy Development - Warwickshire
Little Bear Baby Signing - Hampshire
Mini Moosic - Essex
Wiggletots - Sheffield
Most Outstanding Committee Led Pre-School - Sponsored by Humphrey's Corner :
Costock Pre-school - Leicestershire
Egerton Pre-School - Knutsford
Little Dragons Pre-School - Wiltshire
St Joseph's Swans & Cygnets Pre-School - Malvern
Whaddon Under 5s Playschool - Buckinghamshire
Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group :
Dunfermline Dads - Dunfermline
Hampton Tiddlers - Peterborough
KidsROC - Wimbledon
The Bridge - East Greenwich
Twins at Totstime - Leicestershire
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s - South* :
Bryony Jose - Baby Sensory, Reading
Emily Waddell - Babyballet, Dartford & Bexley
Jane Milnes - Little Bear Baby Signing, Hampshire
Michelle Grzbiela - Baby Sensory, Basingstoke
Nicola Ball - Baby Sensory, Chichester
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s - West & Wales* :
Amy Thompson - Tumble Tots, Southport
Melissa Harvey - Toddler Sense, Sutton Coldfield
Michelle Venter - Twirling Toddlers, Coventry & Warwickshire
Natalie Hitchen - Baby Sensory, Stockport
Nikki Sayers - Dandy Development, Warwickshire
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s - East* :
Claire Shaw - Baby Sensory, Derby East
Georgina Chambers - Mini Moosic, Billericay
Michelle Freeman - Water Babies, Notts & Derbys
Tiffany Rogers -Mini Swimming, Essex
Tracey Hewitt - Baby Sensory, Leicestershire
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s - Northern Ireland & Scotland* :
Alison Sneddon - Caterpillar Music, Edinburgh
Amy West-Hurst - Water Babies, Northern Ireland
Claire Puzey - Baby Sensory, Dundee
Gayna Sandeman - Tiny Talk, Angus
Louise Clark - Physi-ball, Inverness
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – Nationwide :
To be announced at the 2015 Awards Ceremony
Best National Activity for children aged 5 to 12 :
La Jolie Ronde
Best Local Activity for children aged 5 to 12 - Sponsored by Little Bird :
Big Mouth Theatre - Hampshire
Frenchtastic & Spanishtastic - Midlands
Little Stars Stage School - Warrington
Mini Swimming - Essex
The Kids Kitchen - London
Most Outstanding Activity Leader for children aged 5 to 12 - Sponsored by EcoOutfitters :
Amanda Clark - Central Scotland Ballet School, Scotland
Chloe Dexter - Mad Science, Leicestershire
Jan Welsh - New Youth Theatre, Doncaster
Richard Welch - The Outdoors Project, Brighton
Sarah Wise - The Fairyland Trust, Norfolk
Best After School or Breakfast Club :
Active8 Minds - Hampshire
Cuba Kids Club - Tyne & Wear
Best New Activity for Children - Sponsored by the Children's Activities Association :
Bilinguasing - South East & Midlands
Frenchtastic & Spanishtastic - Yorks & Midlands
Mini Professors - Winchester
Moo Music - Dorset & Essex
Tiny Traxsuits Rugby - Hertfordshire
Most Outstanding Community Group Volunteer for Children or Families :
Kim Drake - Little Heroes Group, Westcliff on Sea
Rebecca Liu - Hampton Tiddlers, Peterborough
Most Outstanding Special Educational Activity Provider or Support Group - Sponsored by Hearts & Minds :
Little Heroes ASD Support Group, Southend on Sea
Sam James - Physical Disabilities Sports in Schools, Swindon
Best Children's Party Entertainment - Sponsored by Mumpreneur UK :
It's In The Bag - Edinburgh
Make My Day Events - North East
Meet My Mascot Parties & Events - Darlington
Starkidz Entertainment - Southport
The Ultimate Party People - Merseyside
Best Children's Party Supplier :
Chuckle Chimps - Nottinghamshire
Honey Pot Ceramics - Edinburgh
Hooray Soft Play - Tyne & Wear
Mini Mischiefs - Market Harborough
Wacky Wheelers Jeep Driving Parties - South East
Best Family Day Out - Sponsored by Drayton Manor Hotel :
Fairy Fair (Fairyland Trust) - Norfolk
Fishers Farm Park - Sussex
Hobbledown - Surrey
Tropical Bird Land - Leicestershire
West Lodge Farm Park - Desborough
Best Exported Activity for Children :
Baby Sensory & Toddler Sense
Tiny Talk Baby Signing & Toddler Talking Classes
* Regional Category Breakdown as follows - South inc South east, South west & London, East inc East Anglia, East Midlands, NE and Yorkshire & Humberside, West inc west midlands, NW & Wales.
The 4-star Drayton Manor Hotel is set in a unique location amongst 280 acres of lakes and parkland that was once the home of Sir Robert Peel. It is also a moment away from Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land and Drayton Manor Zoo. Drayton Manor Hotel’s well appointed guestrooms offer several room types to suit your needs including spacious executive rooms, interconnecting family rooms, our 3 majestic Presidential rooms, with all the comforts you could want and of course their Thomas & Friends themed family rooms.
Konfidence has been a long-time supporter of the What’s On 4 Little Awards, and is pleased to be back again this year to celebrate all the brilliant individuals and groups that provide activities for babies, children and parents across the UK. "For more than 15 years, Konfidence has been designing protective swimwear for babies and children, and through this we have had the privilege of working with all the major swim schools in the UK. This, along with being parents (and grandparents) ourselves, has given us real insight into all these activities, and we know there are some very dedicated people out there who deserve to be recognised for their work. We are proud to be part of these awards, and wish everyone luck." Konfidence is Europe’s leading manufacturer of award-winning premium protective swimwear for babies and children. The British company offers a complete range of protective swimwear and accessories from birth to seven years and, new for 2015, is a range of Octonauts branded swimwear. Visit www.konfidence.co.uk.
A first in the UK, the Children's Activities Association is a professional organisation of children's activity providers and experts. Its mission is to give parents a benchmark for all organised children's activities by establishing and improving consistent standards and accreditation. The CAA will also commission research, campaign for improvements, promote the benefits of children's activities, award grants to community projects and work with policymakers to influence legislation. The CAA is a Community Interest Company with no shareholders where all profits are used to benefit the CAA mission. the founding team are all passionate about providing the best organised children's activities in the world! For more information, visit http://www.childrensactivitiesassociation.org.
Mumpreneur UK is a non-profit business start-up and support organisation aimed at parents who wish to start or grow their enterprises. We provide support through our website, magazine, membership programme, annual conference and awards programme and much, much more. Our annual Mumpreneur Conference and Awards provides the perfect event for Mums, Dads and Grandparents to network with likeminded business people who all face the same daily challenges of juggling business with family life but who also recognise the same rewards in doing so. We are proud to support the What's On 4 Junior Awards during 2015 as a brand that also support parents and families.
We are once again pleased to be working with babyworld as Official Media Partner of the WO4J Awards. Since July 2003 babyworld has been an a passionate and dedicated team of people who have worked to bring advice, support and information to pregnant women and new parents. We believe that being a parent is one of the most important jobs that we will ever do and that information and a thriving community should be available to parents 24/7. Babyworld is committed to bringing you essential, up to date information and support that is in tune with the needs of today’s parents. We do this by focusing on providing information from trying for a baby, your pregnancy, labour and birth and looking after your baby from 0 – 5 years. Visit www.babyworld.co.uk for more details.
Little Bird offers families great ideas and hand picked savings on days out, theatre shows, family breaks, kids activities, really fun and useful products and more, all with up to 80% off! They have featured fantastic deals from The Science Museum, National Geographic for Kids, St Paul’s Cathedral, Horrible Histories, Butlins, Dora the Explorer, Riverford, Luxury Family Hotels, Reading Eggs, Lollibop Children's Festival and much more. Their family friendly deals and offers change weekly, so there's always lots to inspire and enjoy. With handpicked competitions to enter, a weekly What’s On giving you tons of ideas on things to do with the kids, and a monthly newsletter packed to the brim with ideas and inspiration - join for FREE today and ENJOY FAMILY FUN FOR LESS at www.littlebird.co.uk or say hello at www.facebook.com/littlebirddeals
EcoOutfitters is a new and dynamic ethical and sustainable school clothing company set up by two mothers, passionate about improving the standards of school uniforms that our children spend so much time wearing. Unfortunately, most of school clothes are made from either a polycotton mix or plain polyester, which is essentially plastic - a substance derived directly from crude oil. These fabrics aren't sweat absorbent, don't allow the skin to breather, trapping heat, which can trigger rashes and aggravate skin conditions such as eczema. To address this concern, EcoOutfitters developed a range of school uniforms, which are ethically made, healthy, durable, sustainable, and practical too - all made from 100% pure organic cotton, certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), which guarantees that the whole supply chain from field to the final product meets rigorous environmental and social standards.
Hearts & Minds
Manchester autism charity Hearts and Minds offers education support, advocacy, counselling, transition planning and advice to families whose children have been diagnosed with autism, as well as raising awareness and offering support. The big plan is to build a dedicated centre of education for autism in Manchester, backed by a €1 million fund-raising campaign, which includes sporting challenges and special events supported by celebrity patrons and families, an on-line shopping facility, plus a mobile phone recycling scheme that ANY FAMILY can use to obtain an iPad. This scheme is very popular with families of autistic children, for whom iPads can be very beneficial, as they can help with communication, learning, organisation, fine motor skills, relaxation and improving behaviour.
Sally Hunter launched 'Humphrey's Corner' - inspired by her own 3 children nearly 14 years ago! Humphrey's Corner has grown and grown, developing from a range of exquisite greetings cards into soft toys, clothes, baby furniture, feeding, figurines, calendars and more. Humphrey's Corner began a long term relationship with Mothercare and also launched in Australia and the USA (just like WO4!).
www.mumandworking.co.uk is the parents' one stop website for all things work related! We cover everything a job searcher would need to know including part time or full time employment vacancies, courses, business opportunities and franchises for parents throughout the UK! We've got a career solution for every parent looking for flexible work. From setting up your own business to training for a new career, mumandworking can offer help and ideas: Killer CV Advice and templates to write your best CV and covering letter ever and practical tips for interview success.
We're also very proud to be running our Flexible Working Awards once again this year. These national awards reward & recognise the companies & individuals (mums and dads) who are shining examples of 'how flexible working works'. If you'd like to get involved you can find out more here.
Glenn Curley Photography - Official Awards Photographer
Curley Photography is a dedicated husband and wife team and official 2014 WO4J Awards photographers. Their work is varied and can range from black tie balls, charity and sports with everything in between. Their service is friendly and prompt and they know that no-one is really interested in the photographer, just what the photographer can deliver. "After all, it's you the client and your image that is what it is all about. We aim to deliver quality quickly." Based in Staffordshire but able to travel to almost any destination.
A selection of our award winners receive prizes very generously given to us by these lovely companies.
Smiggle, the world’s hottest stationery brand, was born in 2003. The ultimate creators of colourful, fun, fashion-forward stationery. The first Smiggle store opened in Melbourne, Australia and word spread fast about the bright pens, notebooks and gadgets that filled a tiny, but very special place.The product range is now bigger and better than ever, with the team at the Smiggle Design Lab drawing inspiration from all over the globe.
Enthralling and hilarious is the best way to describe the many Drumond Park Games titles which constantly achieve high ratings in the UK’s Top Ten games listings. Think Number One Best-Selling adult games Articulate! and LOGO, Family games such as Rapidough and Shout! - and many highly popular children’s games like Articulate for Kids, Dino Bite, LOGO What Am I? and Magic Tooth Fairy. Stand by for many new releases this Autumn – a good game is a perfect purchase for those multi-generational gatherings over Christmas and the New Year. Watch out for brilliant new titles like Og on the Bog and Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad! for children, and a new LOGO game, LOGO Lite which provides hundreds of new cards to play with the original LOGO game - and is a totally new ‘big brands’ game in its own right!
Humphrey's Corner is a range of exquisite greetings cards, soft toys, clothes, baby furniture, feeding, figurines, calendars, books and more. Thanks to our very good friends at Humphrey's Corner, some of our community winners will be taking with them a gorgeous range of Humphrey merchandise.We have also been told by Humphrey that he may pay a visit to one of our special winners!
British designed WOW Toys have been producing toys for young children with true 'WOW' appeal since 1997. We know what they love and what will keep them busy and every WOW toy has a cute personality and unique character all of its own just like your little one. Our toy vehicles, pushed by little hands leave a zero carbon footprint - no batteries required! Thanks to the toys’ clever designs, they whizz along with mechanical ‘push and go’ motors and trigger-pull propellers with many containing special features such as secret compartments and ‘magic’ buttons. To top it all, they are highly collectible as you can mix and match to build fun worlds.
We are thrilled to welcome The Gro Company as new prize partners of the What’s On 4 Junior Awards. The company specialises in innovative and safe childcare products, including sleepwear and travel accessories. The long-established retailer is a one-stop shop for safety-conscious parents, offering a range of products that have been specifically designed to provide comfort and peace of mind. The Gro Company’s online shopping outlet, The Gro Store, is kindly donating a prize bundle featuring a Gro-Hush, Gro-Egg, Gro Light and Grobag of choice – worth almost £100. The company regularly runs sales and offers discount on many of their sleepwear essentials, all of which can be found here.
Tigershark sells good quality, cool and educational children's t-shirts. Tigershark was founded by Anna who was fed up with the lack of choice within the boys fashion market and decided to create her son his own range of t-shirts. She worked on bold designs and drew on subjects linked to what he was learning at school. She soon realised that there was a gap in the market and so the journey began! Tigershark are now very proud to have an online store selling their fab t-shirts to the public.
We are very grateful to Owow Chocolates for making very special Awards-themed mints! Whether you’re buying a unique personal gift for a loved one or an exciting corporate goodie with a difference, Owow Chocolates will spark conversation and leave you (and your customers and friends) with a long lasting memory on more than just your taste buds.
Established in 1853, The Royal Jumbo Group is one of the oldest toy companies in Europe selling games, puzzles and toys. Jumbo Games is the No. 2 manufacturer in the children’s puzzle market, with a successful portfolio of licenses including Peppa Pig, Disney Doc McStuffins, Disney Sofia the First, Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Cars, Disney Princess, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and new additions Strange Hill High and Q Pootle 5. For more information visit www.jumbo.eu.
Ohyo is the Collapsabottle. Extended, it holds 500ml and when empty squishes down into a pocket. Ohyo poses no threat to the planet...in fact, it saves money and avoids the need to buy wasteful bottled water. Fill an Ohyo just twice with tap water and it’s carbon neutral! To make doubly sure it does you no harm it’s made in Sheffield and BPA-free. Visit www.ohyo.me.
My Little Venture
My Little Venture feature beautiful hand painted designs including pink flamingos, hot air balloons, kites and blossoms, Their collection of wallpapers, fabrics and accessories combine traditional French style and elegance with British craftsmanship. Inspired by the world of childhood, designer Venture de Saboulin uses her own drawings and watercolours to create her collections. Applying the latest printing technology in order to retain all the charm, character and original colour quality of the designs, all My Little Venture products are made in Great Britain.
In the beginning some time back in the deep recesses of the last century around 1966 (very nearly 50 years ago!), the Dodo Pad diary (a combined memo-doodle-engagement-weekly-planner-diary-organizer-message-ment book) was a new fangled invention, instantly accepted by grateful users as utterly indodispensible.
What’s On 4 is holding these awards to encourage good practice, reward innovation, further raise standards and generate awareness of our fabulous activities and classes and those individual experts involved who make such a difference to so many parents and children across the UK!
By being part of our 2015 Awards you can reach over 1 million parents across the UK and showcase your company and brand.
If you would like to be part of encouraging good practice in children’s activities across the UK and support our 2015 Awards then we’d love to hear from you.