Staff at Tulips Pre-School had no idea who had nominated them when they accepted the Pre-School Staff award.
Manager Helen Mason said: “It was such a surprise and we are very proud to accept it.
“We have a very committed team who love their job but, most of all, they love their children.”
Tulips were presented with their award by Suzie Bulbeck, director of category sponsors Riverside Training.
Judges were impressed by the small and charity run pre-school, where staff have to set up and put away equipment as the Vista Hall, where they meet, is shared with other groups. Especially that “it is a place where magic happens”, because of a committed team of staff.
Other finalists were Heather Church of Sunbeams Playgroup, Sutton Bridge and Sam Morris of the Willows Day Nursery, Fleet Hargate.
Heather’s career of more than 20 years was described as “second to none”. Sam impressed the judges with his “magnetic way of interacting with children”.