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Cumbernauld mum nominated as the 'Most Outstanding Activities Leader for Under-5s, in Scotland and N.I.' is "honoured"

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:45 GMT on Friday 29th March, 2013.
Heather is "honoured" by the "surprise" nomination. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

ONE Cumbernauld mother says that she has been “honoured” after she is nominated for a national childcare award.

Heather Royan from Westerwood runs the Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Toddler Sense group, and she has been nominated as the ‘Most Outstanding Activities Leader for the Under 5s, in Scotland and Northern Ireland’. 

The ‘What's On 4 Junior Awards’ are held each year, in association with Konfidence reward, and attempt to identify the nation’s best children’s activity leaders, with Mrs Royan now down to the final few.

“I started the local Toddler Sense in 2011,” Heather told Cumbernauld Media. “I was looking for something which was family flexible, enabling me to spend more time with my family; Toddler Sense gave me this opportunity – the best of both worlds.”

Heather, who is married with three children, says that she views “great” benefits for parents and children from groups such as Toddler Sense. 

Heather sees "great" benefits in such groups. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

She said: “The great thing about Toddler Sense is that it’s a different adventure every week, from dinosaurs one week, pirates the next, and under the sea the following week. 

“I feel that mums and toddlers get a lot from groups such as Toddler Sense; it’s not just the same mundane music classes every week.”

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Talking of her nomination Heather told Cumbernauld Media that her nomination came as a “surprise” from the parents of toddlers at her group, claiming she only found out when an e-mail informed her that she was in the final list.

Heather said: “It’s a complete honour to have been nominated.

“I’m really touched to have been nominated. It came as a complete surprise, only after a number of the parents involved with my group nominated me without my knowledge; with an e-mail telling me that I was in the running being my only notification.”

Horsing around, Heather says her group loves the activities planned, due to variety. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

Moving on to discuss the future of the Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Toddler Sense Heather spoke of her ambitions to expand the days and facilities used by her group. 

She said: “Toddler Sense has expanded massively over the past few years, throughout Cumbernauld. And, with the future in mind, I would be hoping to move into more facilities, perhaps in Abronhill or town centre, with a number of new days added to the schedule as perhaps weekend classes, if possible.”

As the interview was drawing to a close I asked Mrs Royan, tongue-in-cheek, what she would do to mark the occasion if she took home the accolade. 

“That’s a difficult one,” Heather told me. “If you win then you get to head off to a London awards ceremony. 

“If I won, however, I would probably treat myself to a new outfit and perhaps choose to go on holiday with the family.”

Voting closes on Tuesday, 28th May, 2013. 

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