What happens nows

What happens now

This page explains how our judging process works and what happens once you've registered as a nursery or cast your vote as a parent.

1. The closing date for the submission of evidence is 28 FEBRUARY 2022. voting closes 28 FEBRUARY 2022.

Nurseries need to register and ensure all their evidence is uploaded before the closing date. Late entries or evidence submissions will not be accepted. Parents/carers must also ensure that they have voted before the closing date or their vote will not be counted.

2. We count votes and read all THE evidence

Our judging process takes into account the ratio of votes to numbers of children, the submission itself, and the quality of comments to create a fair system for all types and sizes of nurseries.

3. We narrow it down

Our dedicated team of specialists takes time reading every entry, taking into account parent votes (where appropriate), comments and evidence submitted. They also take into account Ofsted inspection ratings and other background information that could set your nursery apart.

4. WE CONTACT THE FINALISTS

Once our shortlisting panel has selected the finalists for each award, those nurseries will be contacted by email. 

Any nurseries that have been unsuccessful will be contacted shortly after by email.

5. WE VISIT AND REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION FROM OUR SHORTLISTED NURSERIES

If you are a finalist for a voting award, you will be visited face to face or via virtual interview where an NDNA representative will gather more evidence and report their findings to our judging panel.

All nurseries that have been selected as finalists for evidence-based awards will have their submissions collated into a report ready for the judging panel and will also potentially have an interview with the panel, depending on which award category you enter into.

6. WE MAKE OUR DECISION

The awards judging panel takes place on or around 10 May 2022. The panel is made up of leaders and experts from across the early years sector. Details of the members of the judging panel will be released nearer the time.

When a decision has been reached, the winners' names remain confidential to the judging panel until the day of the awards ceremony

7. THE AWARDS CEREMONY

On Friday 24 June, our prestigious 2022 awards ceremony will take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire where our award winners will be presented on stage. Keep an eye on the Awards page for more details.

8. WE MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT

All winning and runner-up nurseries will be emailed a digital banner to display on marketing materials and emails to showcase their achievement.

Supported by

TTS Consortium
MLR
Pebble
Citation
Christie
Blossom

Contact

National Day Nurseries Association
National Early Years Enterprise Centre
Longbow Close
Huddersfield
HD2 1GQ

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