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Lecturer Lands Nursery World Book Award

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A University of Worcester lecturer has received a prestigious award after publishing a book on the importance of play for nursery age children.

Mandy Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, won the Nursery Staff Resource of the Year prize at the recent Nursery World awards, which look to honour the ‘innovation and dedication’ of those involved in early years education.

Ms Andrews’ book, ‘Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies’ beat strong competition in the Staff Resource category, with the award judges describing the text as a ‘great explanation of theory and practice, and how they link’.

Ms Andrews says: “I am absolutely amazed to have won this award for my first book, and I am honoured to have been chosen from a list which included publications from such recognised Early Years authors as Cathy Nutbrown, Wendy Lee and Margaret Carr.

“This book would not have happened without the support of a great number of people, including my colleagues at the University of Worcester, play theorists and the publishing team at SAGE, to whom I am very grateful.”

Now in their fifth year, the Nursery World Awards have become the top accolades for early years education and childcare, and they aim to recognise and showcase the best organisations, teams, individuals, initiatives and resources within the sector.

The team of judges also commented on how Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies  ‘prompts practitioners to think about the fundamental nature of play, and to explore how play crosses boundaries and creates challenges’.

Ms Andrews hopes to complete her second textbook, focusing on Outdoor Play, over the coming year.

She adds of the Nursery World accolade: “The award also honours the budding young photographer Jacob Cockle, whose photographs adorn the pages and bring the play context to life, but whose own life tragically ended earlier this year.”