The winner for all three awards will be determined by the number of parent votes*, quality of parent comments and evidence you provide as part of your submission. Please note only one parent vote per child will be accepted.
Tell us in 1000 words or less why you should win by uploading your submission and supporting documents to our website. Encourage your parents to add a comment when voting explaining why they’ve voted, sharing specific examples of how you have helped their child. Parents/Carers must provide full names for their vote to count.
Five regional, one national and one international nursery are awarded. (North of England, Central England, South of England, Scotland, Wales and Overseas)**.
One regional winner will go on to win NDNA Nursery of the Year 2019. Encourage your parents or carers to vote for you and your nursery.
All nursery finalists will be visited by one of our early years experts before the judging panel.
Entries are open to anyone working in an early years setting whose typical environment is the nursery floor. This includes: Room Leader, Senior Nursery Nurse, Nursery Nurse, Nursery Assistant, Nursery practitioner etc. Entries must be nominated by a manager or colleague and evidence will need to be provided to support the nomination.
Do you have an outstanding member of staff who is passionate about caring for children and shows true dedication to quality? This award is voted for by parents with a supporting statement from the nursery manager.
Nurseries have a vital role to play in creating the pathways to a healthy life for the children in your care. Tell us when you register about your healthy eating policies, the outdoor activities you provide and how you work with parents to encourage healthy habits at home.
Tell us in 1,000 words why you should win by uploading your submission. The finalists will be determined by the quality of the submission statement and portfolio of supporting evidence.
This new award looks for examples of innovative practice in any aspect of early years. This may include but is not limited to: parent projects, partnerships, environmental initiatives, new or different ways of narrowing the gap for disadvantaged children, new techniques or activities for teaching numeracy or literacy.
As well as your 1000 word submission, upload evidence that illustrates the changes you have made including: photographs, written testimony, action plans, risk benefit assessments, testimonies from children/parents/staff, any local newspaper reports or awards from other organisations, eco-friendly considerations or reflections on the benefits of the initiative.
• Number and age of children
• Ofsted rating
• Details of innovative practice and the difference it has made to the children.
This award looks for settings that have developed strategies for supporting and promoting staff well-being and you will need to show how you prioritise staff well-being in your setting, e.g. introducing initiatives such as lunch time walks, massage chairs, inspiration boards, well-being meetings, a free lunch meal, relaxation areas, flexible working, well-being surveys with action plans for change, links to local support organisations, team building days or activities and how they empower staff to look after their own wellbeing.
Your supporting evidence could include photos, written details, witness testimonies from staff, awards or certificates from other organisations.
• Number and age of children
• Staff details
• Ofsted rating
• Tell us how you are supporting staff well-being
This award celebrates those settings that invest in the development and motivation of all staff.
Entries are open to anyone working in a day nursery that holds a managerial title and responsibility. This includes: Deputy Manager, General Manager, Nursery Manager, Nursery Director. Entries must be nominated by a colleague within the setting and evidence will need to be provided to support the nomination.
Do you have an outstanding manager who is passionate about childcare and supporting the staff/parents/colleagues/external professionals involved with your nursery? Please include staff comments and parents/external professionals testimonials in your submission.
Any nomination can be uploaded onto the awards website or email your nominations and supporting information for these awards to NDNA: email@example.com
Nominations are open to individuals working in or on behalf of the early years sector.
This award is to highlight the work of individuals and groups and to thank them for their continued efforts and achievements. The award is open to anyone working in or with the nursery sector, including NDNA members and volunteers, local authority staff and the media. Nominate your Outstanding Contributor and say thank you!
Entries are open to any NDNA Network and nominations may be made by any member(s) of that network. NDNA networks are rapidly expanding across the UK. If you’re part of an NDNA network that makes a positive contribution to progress within the nursery sector then nominate your network group now! Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The voting has now closed for this year's awards. Thank you to all the nurseries that registered and the parents, carers, families and friends who voted.