Several Early Years Professionals have been awarded MBEs and other Honours this year including well-known trainer, author and creator of the children’s picturebook series Jo-Jo and GranGran Laura Henry-Allain, and Former Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) chair, Jane Comeau.

Other New Year Honours’ recipients include:
MBE
Sasi Srinivasan, an early years manager for Brent Council in north London, has been made MBE for services to education.
Jacqueline Mary Bell, owner and manager at Jaybees Nursery, Lochmaben in Scotland, for services to education and to charity
Nicola Black, head of Parkhead Community Nursery, for services to Pre-School Education and to the community in Glasgow
Maria Keaveney-Jessiman, principal of Eveline Nursery Chain and Eveline Day School, London, for services to education.
Jean Shirley Smart, director of Collin Care Group and head of Mayfield Nursery, Glasgow, for services to Pre-School Education and to Charity
Jo-Ann Elizabeth Prichard Pringle, programme adviser, Childcare Works Leeds, for services to Children and Families
Andrew David Briggs, volunteer, NSPCC. For services to Children (London, Greater London)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire
Brigid Doyle, head of childcare, Queen’s University Belfast, for services to Higher Education

Knighthoods
Peter Thomas Wanless CB chief executive officer, NSPCC, for services to Children, Young People and the Charitable Sector

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Anthony Edward Tudor Browne, children’s author and illustrator, for services to Literature

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Paul Boyce, director of children’s services, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, for services to Children in Merseyside
Christine Ann Hill, headteacher, Westminster School, Rowley Regis, for services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Jayne Mary Vertkin, head of Early Help, Westminster City Council, for services to Children in London.

Congratulations all for well deserved recognition.

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