Toddler groups are being asked to show they are ‘Top of the Tots’ by entering the UK’s biggest parenting awards.

The prestigious competition, run by Britain’s largest parenting site, will see three local groups scoop gongs before going through to the regional heats of the national awards.

The top three national winners will then be crowned the UK’s best toddler groups, taking home a bumper £250 cash prize each.

The competition is open to all not-for-profit toddler groups including those held in local libraries, church halls and children’s centres and other venues.

The awards have been launched to recognise the hard work of parents and volunteers who give up their time to run the get-togethers, which are a vital part of our local community.

Voting began on April 22 and over 1.2 million mums, dads and childcarers are eligible to cast their vote, making it the nation’s top prize for toddler groups. local editor Jo Brookes is now urging toddler groups to enter and ensure our area is recognised nationally.

Jo, a mum of one said: “This is a fantastic place to bring up young kids with new families moving here weekly. Our toddler groups are a lifeline for mums with many parents meeting new friends who then stay friends for life.

“These awards are a chance for the volunteers and people running the groups to be recognised for all their hard work and to show off all this area has to offer for young families.”

Winning groups will be honoured on the site that has over a million users every week. They will receive a special certificate to display in their group before being put forward for the national award.

Nominations are open until June 7 on with the local winners listed shortly afterwards.

To enter all parents have to do is find the listing for their favourite group, press the ‘like’ icon on the site or add a review about the group.

Based on information supplied by jo brookes.