A language school in Aylesbury has won one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious awards for children’s activity providers.
Kidslingo Spanish Aylesbury Vale has been voted Best Activity Leader in the South East at the 15th Annual What’s On 4 Kids Activities Awards, having received the most votes from parents and guardians in the category.
Kidslingo is a national children’s language franchise that teaches French and Spanish to more than 20,000 young children each week, through face-to-face and online lessons that include songs, stories, games, actions and role-playing.
Ornella Iapino, franchisee of Kidslingo Spanish Aylesbury Vale, said: “Having started my business just three years ago, I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the local community.
“To have been nominated was an honor but to have won this prestigious award has just exceeded my expectations.
“It was a magical night and a most unforgettable experience.
“A big thank you to everyone who trusted me and took the time to vote.”
The National Awards Night took place on November 25 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
The pioneering What’s On 4 Kids Activities Awards were established in 2006 to showcase the UK’s best children’s clubs, classes, leaders and volunteers – as nominated and voted on by parents and guardians.
This year’s event underscored the importance of the children’s activity sector, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 closures, when an army of children’s activity providers stepped up to offer clubs and online courses, many of which are free.
As parents struggled under unprecedented pressures, class leaders provided much-needed structure, reassurance, familiarity and comfort to children and households.
This was reflected in the support from parents at this year’s awards with 45,000 votes received and double the nominations in some categories.
What’s On 4 Kids Managing Director Sam Willoughby said: “We knew the 2021 event was going to be a spectacle like never before and we had an unforgettable evening celebrating the UK’s best children’s activity providers. United as well as our 15th anniversary of these important national awards. .
“This incredible venue meant we could truly reward the companies and individuals who have made such a difference to children across the UK in ways never seen before and we certainly created some incredible memories together.
“We have to express our gratitude to every sponsor for helping to make this possible.
“We look forward to building on this success and are already planning the 2022 What’s On 4 Kids Activities Awards – watch this space.”