Families First Awards – Who’s your Family’s Hero?


Every family has a hero, whether it’s a Mummy or Daddy who goes the extra mile, a Nanny who repeatedly saves the day, a childminder who goes above and beyond, or a child who is simply a true superhero, the Families First Awards 2016 are back and here to help you say a big thank you to your heroes.

As well as acknowledging the important people your family relies on, the awards are a chance to also acknowledge those businesses who help you make every-day life happier, easier, or just that little bit more pleasurable. From the best restaurant, best activity or best day out to the Best Nursery you could have hoped for, it’s up to you to get voting for your family favourites.

Voting lines are now open and families across the province are invited to nominate their heroes and vote for their favourite family friendly businesses.

In 2016 the awards will be bigger than ever before with two gala events being hosted to accommodate the vast number of entries from across the province, Ann King, founder of the Families First Awards is excited for what lies ahead;

                “Life is hard for families and there is a lot of pressure on those with young children to do the right thing and make sure they are always doing their best for their children. The people and businesses nominated in these awards are making a real difference to families across Northern Ireland and these awards are a great way of saying thank you. This year sees us put on an event in the Belfast area and one in Armagh which will recognise people and businesses across most of Northern Ireland. I’d like to thank everyone for nominating their heroes and ask that you go online now and place your votes for the business awards and your nominations for the people awards.”

Families First Awards will be hosted at La Mon Country House Hotel and the closing date for entries and votes is be the 29th January. To nominate that someone special or to cast your vote for a local business please visit www.familiesfirst.ie


Beth Greer from Little Kingdom Kids in Bangor, Tianna Taggart from Peter’s Patch Day Nursery in Hillsborough and Izzy McKelvey, from Bella Bambinos in Dromore

Categories – People Awards

Business Parent of the Year
Superstar Sibling
Child Super Hero, sponsored by BellaBambinos
Carer of the Year
Grandparent of the Year
Amazing Act of Kindness, Sponsored by Hovis
Dad of the Year
Mum of the Year, sponsored by Little Kingdom Kids, Bangor
Childminder of the Year
Endeavour Award


Categories and nominees – Business Awards:

Category Area Nominee
Best Nursery, Sponsored by Tinies North Down Little Kingdom Kids

Oakey Dokey

Bright Beginnings

Trinity Nursery

Cool Little Kids Club

Belfast North Little Piggies

Petite Feet

Tender Loving Day Care

Bulrush Day Nursery

Wee Care

Belfast Inner Puddleducks

Careers n Kids

Start Smart Step

An Droichead

Tender Loving Care

Belfast West Adventures Day Care


San Pio



Belfast Outer First Steps

Wiggles and Giggles

Kids Corner

Bubbles Day Care


Lisburn and Surrounding Areas Rockmount Nursery

Peter’s Patch

Daisy Day Care

Just Kids Day Care


Banbridge and Surrounding Areas Little Friends

Bella Bambinos

Poppins Day Nursery

First Steps Day Care

Craigavon Snow Drops Day Care

Scribbles Day Care

Ladybird Lane

Totz and Teenz

Little Acorns

Antrim and Surrounding Sleepy Hollow, Crumlin

Tiddly Winkers

Little Crickets

Building Blocks Day Care

Bubbles Day Care

Carrickfergus and surrounding Minor Miracles



Ladybirds Ballymena

Important Little People

Best Family Restaurant Linen Hill Kitchen

Brewers Fayre

Best Family Hotel Jacksons Hotel

Green Isle Hotel

Best Family Day Out W5

Carnfunock Country Park

Castle Espie

Best Activity Provider Little Gem Swim School

Belfast Voice and Dance Academy

Best Event
Best Family Car Business Ballyrobert Cars

Roy Wilson Car Sales

Conon Motors

Best Soft Play area Funky Monkeys

Happy Town

Brewers Fayre



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