Press Release:

The UK’s only nursery awards that are voted for by parents has just three weeks left until voting closes on its own dedicated website.

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is calling for proud parents to sing the praises of their childcare provider at vote.ndna.org.uk.

Voting is still open until 31 March for the NDNA Nursery Awards 2016, supported by our headline sponsor Hope Education. In previous years, the awards have attracted thousands of votes from across the country.

The Nursery of the Year award, sponsored by Hope Education, is open to all nurseries in the UK, with a winner in each region: North of England, Central England, South of England, plus Scotland and Wales. One of these will be named as the overall UK winner.

Healthy Nursery of the Year award, sponsored by The Safer Food Group, is presented to a nursery which leads the way in ensuring its children are following a healthy and happy lifestyle.

The Technology Award is sponsored by Red Fish. We are asking parents to nominate nurseries which are using technology innovatively to benefit their children, or even their parents and staff.

Pound Gates is sponsoring the Investing in your People Award, which celebrates settings that invest in staff development. A happy and motivated workforce translates into happy youngsters.

There are three individual awards, two of them being brand new for 2016; NDNA Champions’ Award and Newcomer of the Year Award.

The Practitioner of the Year award, sponsored by Citation Professional Solutions, will crown an outstanding individual who is passionate about caring for their children. A shortlist of three people will be drawn up of truly dedicated professionals who want the best possible outcomes for those in their care.

New this year, the Champions’ Award, sponsored by Christie & Co, is for those who have signed up to one of NDNA’s Champions programmes. It is a chance to demonstrate the support a participating champion has given to their children’s learning and fellow staff through the maths, literacy or SEND programme.

Morgan LaRoche is sponsoring another new award, Newcomer of the Year. This award recognises newcomers who have made outstanding progress within the first two years of their employment in the early years sector.

The Outstanding Contribution award; previously Sector Champion, sponsored by KPMG Small Business Accounting,  recognises individuals or groups who work tirelessly to raise awareness of the work of the early years sector. This can be anyone working in the nursery sector including volunteers, local authority staff and members of the media who have promoted early years.

Our third and final new award for 2016 is the Outstanding Network award. With 63 networks covering 142 local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales, NDNA are recognising the effort and change local early years communities are proactively striving for.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “All our worthy winners and finalists epitomise the amazing work and dedicated support that nurseries provide to children and their families across the UK. We would urge all parents and those working in the sector to register their vote for these awards so that we can recognise and appreciate the hard work of nurseries and practitioners.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 1 July at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes on the evening of the NDNA Conference – New Ideas for Early Years. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the dinner and ceremony.

To place your vote for one or all of these awards, go to vote.ndna.org.uk or click through to this website from the NDNA website www.ndna.org.uk/awards and sign up. Deadline for entries is 31 March. All awards are open to all UK nurseries.


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