1. The NDNA Awards 2022 are open to NDNA members only and will open for registration and voting on 26 November 2021
  2. Closing date for entries is 14 March 2022. Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted
  3. Only entries received online through the NDNA Nursery Awards voting website will be accepted
  4. If an allegation or complaint against any awards registrant is received, the nursery will be contacted and a formal investigation may be conducted by NDNA. NDNA reserves the right to withdraw any nursery from the awards process if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result and If a complaint is made against the nursery that warrants further investigation
  5. NDNA board members and staff and their nursery settings are not eligible for entry.
  6. 2019 winners of both regional and national awards are not eligible for entry to the same award in 2022. E.g. A winner of the 2019 Nursery of the Year award North cannot enter the same award in 2022 but can enter another award such as Healthy Nursery of the Year. A winner of Practitioner of the Year 2019 cannot enter the same award in 2022 but could enter Manager of the Year if applicable
  7. Only one parent/carer vote per registered child at the nursery will be accepted
  8. All entrants will receive an acknowledgment email
  9. Shortlisting of all awards will take place during March/April 2022. Interviews by telephone and/or face to face and/or nursery visits may be conducted by NDNA staff or their representatives in order to provide additional information for the judging panel
  10. The decision taken by the judging panel will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into
  11. The prizes are as stated and cannot be changed
  12. NDNA Nursery Awards ceremony will take place on 24 June where the winners will be announced and subsequently published on the NDNA website, social media, and in the NDNA membership magazine
  13. All entrants must be willing to take part in any publicity for the NDNA Awards
  14. For all awards, the nursery may be asked to provide additional information after their submission and after voting has closed
  15. NDNA cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any votes being lost or not properly registered or recorded
  16. Anyone directly connected in any way with the delivery of the Awards, including NDNA trustees and staff are not eligible to vote
  17. Communication. We will send you emails about your entry into the NDNA awards.  If you are shortlisted we will contact you to invite you to our awards ceremony on 24 June and to request your support for publicity for the awards.

Awards Specific Terms and Conditions

The Awards for 2022 fall under three categories: Public voting, Evidence based and nomination based awards.

Public voting awards:

NDNA Nursery of the Year

  1. We award five regional, one international and one overall winner for Nursery of the Year. The UK regions are: North of England, Central England, South of England, Scotland and Wales
  2. To see if you are included in the North, Central and South of England categories for Nursery of the Year, see the map (right) or as follows: 
  • North of England boundaries include:
    • South Yorkshire
    • North Lincolnshire
    • Lancashire.
  • Central England boundaries include:
    • Norfolk, Suffolk
    • Northamptonshire
    • Warwickshire
    • Worcestershire
    • Herefordshire
    • Shropshire
    • Birmingham
    • Cheshire
    • Derbyshire
    • Staffordshire
    • Leicestershire
    • Cambridgeshire
    • South Lincolnshire.
  • South of England boundaries include:
    • Gloucestershire
    • Oxfordshire
    • Buckinghamshire
    • Bedfordshire
    • Hertfordshire
    • Essex.

Practitioner of the Year

  1. Entries are open to anyone working in a day nursery or early years setting whose typical environment is the nursery floor.  This includes: Room Leader, Nursery Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Nursery practitioner etc.
  2. Entries must be nominated by a manager or colleague and evidence will need to be provided to support the nomination.

Evidence based awards:

Manager of the Year

  1. 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
  2. Entries must be nominated by a colleague within the setting and evidence will need to be provided to support the nomination.

Nomination based awards:

Outstanding Network Award

  1. Entries are open to any NDNA Network and nominations may be made by any member(s) of that network
  2. Any nominations can be uploaded onto the awards website.

It's getting exciting

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.

We look forward to welcoming the shortlisted nurseries to our prestigious award ceremony on 24th JUNE 2022.

Award cermony details

Supported by

TTS Consortium


National Day Nurseries Association
National Early Years Enterprise Centre
Longbow Close

www.ndna.org.uk awards@ndna.org.uk 01484 407070