A WIRRAL nursery has received a top accolade at the National Nursery Recognition Awards.

Jack and Jill Day Nursery and Pre-School was recognised for its staff development and beat six other nurseries in a public vote to take home the Best Staff Development award.

First opening in the borough in 1998, the group now has six sites across the area with staff being trained in child development and encouraged to share their knowledge with colleagues.

Manager Jo Williams said: "We are so proud that we have been recognised for our commitment to ensuring our children are cared for by qualified, quality professionals.

"The Best Staff Development Award is already having an impact as applicants are recognising us as an employer who values their staff.

"Winning this prestigious National Award has also further reinforced our excellent reputation within the industry."

Around 19 nurseries received awards at the glitzy ceremony held in Leicester on Saturday, February 2.

Head of marketing at Recognise Media, who organised the award, Lais Cattassini said: "Jack and Jill Day Nursery and Pre-School has a strong commitment to staff development, making sure everyone working at the nursery is an expert in childcare.

"This is the sort of hard work we celebrated at the National Nursery Recognition Awards."