- Public vote – Nursery of the Year, Practitioner of the Year, Healthy Nursery of the Year
- Nomination – Outstanding NDNA Network, Outstanding Contribution
- Evidence-based – Innovative Practice, Supporting Staff Well-being, Team Development, Manager of the Year.
For each award there is a rigorous shortlisting process, conducted by our early years experts, followed by submission to a judging panel in order to determine the 2019 winners. Nursery of the Year finalists also receive a visit from an NDNA early years advisor.
Awards will be presented by a celebrity guest at a glamorous ceremony on Friday 28 June at the Chesford Grange hotel in Warwick. The awards night promises to be as enjoyable as ever with live music and a three course dinner.
All finalists receive a promotional banner to display on their nursery’s website and in other marketing materials to show off their impressive achievement in the run up to the ceremony itself.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “We want to know how fantastic your setting is and the great work your staff do. These awards are about recognising and celebrating the excellent practice happening in nurseries.
“From previous entrants and winners we know that just putting the nomination in can boost staff morale and give you a chance to reflect on all the positives in your setting.
“Getting parents to vote and recognise quality practice helps promote your business too. Make sure to shout about what’s great about your business, we need your submissions, evidence and testimonials from your parents to help support your applications.
“I am already looking forward to celebrating your successes at our awards show which is always a guaranteed night of fun and celebration and I hope to see lots of you there.”
Annie Silcock, Nursery Director at Smarties Smartcare Ltd who won our overall NDNA Nursery of the Year Award in 2018, said: “Entering the Nursery of the Year award from the NDNA was such a great thing to do and the award evening was an evening of celebration for everyone who attended.
“Parents were more than happy to support us and their recognition of the work the staff do was a huge boost to staff morale. The nursery has been inundated with applications for children to join our setting since winning the award, so much so we have no need to market the nursery at the moment. The staff are hugely proud of what they have achieved and we would highly recommend entering the award to other nurseries – who knows you might be the next winner!”
Nurseries can enter as many awards as they wish. Winners from 2018 may not enter the same award again in this awards cycle.
Registration is simple, just visit our dedicated awards website to register and apply at www.votendna.org.uk or find out more at www.ndna.org.uk/awards.
The deadline for awards submissions is 31 March 2019.