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Manchester Health Academy toddler group wins a top award in ‘Parenting Oscars’

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Manchester Health Academy is celebrating after their toddler group was named one of the best in in the UK's biggest parenting competition.

The group, which runs at the Academy's Community Facility, was voted the North West's most popular in the prestigious competition, run by Britain's largest parenting site www.netmums.com.

Local mums, dads and childcarers praised the MHA staff calling it 'the highlight of our week.' Parents also told how the group was special to them for its 'caring staff, great range of activities for kids and for putting a smile on the face of everyone who attends.' The group, which is open to children aged from birth to 5, has been running for over 5 years.

More than a million parents were eligible to take part in the voting to select the best-run toddler groups around the country.

The Manchester Health Academy will receive a special winner's certificate to display at the group, along with a winner's badge and gold listing on the netmums.com sites Toddler Group section, used by more than a million mothers each week.

Paul Barrett, Marketing and Community Development Manager at the Health Academy said: "The Netmums awards are the Parenting Oscars, so we are delighted to have won. It's an award for everyone involved in the group, from the staff to the parents and carers - and of course the kids. We try hard to make the group the best it can be and are so please to have been recognised for all our work."

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said: "Well done to the Manchester Health Academy! We had thousands of mums voting in the area - but the MHA group stood out. Parents love the homely atmosphere and look forward to going every week. It's groups like MHA that local communities are all about."