Highbridge-based childrens activity organisation Sensory Time has received four prestigious accolades at a national awards ceremony.

The team from Sensory Time headed to the 11th National What’s On 4 Kids Awards earlier this month, hosted by NatWest in London.

Sensory Time was the winner of the title ‘Best Independent Childrens Activities Under 5’s in the West & Wales’. It was also a national finalist for Best New Activity.

The organisation’s Hayley Azzopardi won a ‘National Highly Commended’ award for Community Voluntary Role for Children and Families. She was also a National Finalist for ‘Industry Champion of The Year’

Manager Kirsty Rayner told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I am very proud of my team. Early years is a passion of all team members at Sensory Time, and creating an environment to aid little ones’ exploration does wonders for their self-esteem, learning and well-being.”

“Working with parents and hearing how their child has grown in confidence, be it socially or getting involved with play that requires getting hands messy, really inspires us.”

“These simple acts of exploration help concentration levels needed to explore the different sensory qualities of the objects and elements, and practise the child’s ability to read a book or write a story independently later on in life.”

Hayley told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Being Highly Commended for my voluntary community work really was an honour. I do it because I know families need that help, someone that understands, that can sign post, help in multi-agency meetings which can be very daunting for the first time.”

“Having 15 years’ experience with multi-agencies, when dealing with children whom are under CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), or waiting for a diagnosis or have a diagnosis can be very overwhelming.”

“All areas are stretched and under-staffed, and appointments are far and few between. Being able to help families put strategies in place in the meantime has been incredibly rewarding.”