Nursery World Nanny of the Year Award 2020: Meet the Judges

Dr Janet Rose

Dr Janet Rose, Principal of Norland College, has had a long-standing career in early years education, training, and provision both nationally and internationally. Before joining Norland, she was a Reader in Education and Early Years Education Award and Programme Leader at Bath Spa University. As a former teacher and early years practitioner, she has worked in a variety of early years settings and schools both in England and Europe. In the past 10 years, she has worked at several universities, including Gloucestershire University, where she helped to develop the ‘top-up’ degree for Norland students. She is the recipient of two ‘Outstanding Teaching’ student awards and has a national profile as an early years expert.

Janet is passionately committed to the promotion of quality research and excellence in early years provision. Her entire career has been dedicated to the advancement of young children’s potential and wellbeing and the adults that support them.

Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence, Head of the Chiltern Nursery and Training College, has worked at Chiltern for over 20 years and has been Head for the last 12 years, having managed both the nursery and the training college during her time at Chiltern. She has also worked as an Early Years Trainer, Under-8s Advisor, and Ofsted Nursery Education Inspector.

Michelle Cusack

Michelle Cusack, current Nursery World Nanny of the Year, has been with the family she works for since 2013.

Michelle's mix of skills reflects what is needed to be a great nanny – amazing patience, lots of initiative, and a real love of children. She has progressed her qualifications from Level 3 to a foundation degree and then a BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years.

Last year’s judges were hugely impressed with Michelle after interviewing her about all aspects of her work, saying, ‘Michelle's journey to becoming a nanny was not a usual one, but once she had chosen that path it became her passion; every aspect of children's growth and learning is fascinating to her and she continues to be enthusiastic and excited to discover more.


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