How does winning our Nursery of the Year award benefit your nursery?
Nominate your nursery for the NDNA Nursery Awards 2024
Our prestigious nursery awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the nursery sector, highlighting the fantastic work of nurseries and practitioners in supporting over one million children and their families.
There are many benefits to settings to winning one of the NDNA Nursery Awards. We heard from last year’s nominees, the benefits they found from being our 2023 lucky winners.
We were able to host a nursery graduation like no other
Little Professors Nursery Walsall, winners of the overall Nursery of the Year Award said, “From winning the NDNA awards we gained a lot of publicity and recognition, it was great to get our nursery name out there as we were so proud of what we have achieved. From the success of winning the awards we had an immense amount of support from our manager and were able to host a nursery graduation like no other having a big fun day including children entertainment, bouncy castles, food and ice cream celebrating our achievement and also celebrating the end of the nursey year.
After winning the award we have also had other nurseries come and visit our setting and our nursery enquiries rocketed so we were very grateful and honored. Our nursery staff team’s confidence had a big boost confirming what we do day in day out is what is best for the children and from winning the award our team has become stronger.”
Getting the recognition of all the hard work we put in
The winners of the Nursery of the Year 2023 – England North: New Moon Day Nursery, Castleford said, “Getting the recognition of all the hard work we put in every single day. For an outside agency to be able to come in and witness this means the world to us.”
It’s a great way to let families know that we care
Wellside Kindergarten, Falkirk, 2023 winners of the Scotland Nursery of the Year Award said, “Sharing our success widely and it’s a great way to let new and current families know that we care and strive to provide the best service for their children.”
It elevated our status to a nursery of excellence
The winners of the Nursery of the Year 2023 – England South, Bright Little Stars Nursery, Stanmore, said: “Winning the NDNA award elevated Bright Little Stars Stanmore to the status of a nursery of excellence. The recognition not only boosted the morale and well-being of the staff but also served as a testament to parents that their choice in early education was indeed exceptional.”
Encouragement for Others and Plans for the Future
Bright Little Stars Stanmore enthusiastically encourages other early years settings to consider entering the NDNA 2024 awards. The process, including the NDNA visit, provides an invaluable opportunity to showcase strengths, learn from other finalists, and contribute to the nationwide dialogue on early childhood education.
While the nursery cannot enter the Nursery of the Year category in 2024, the team is eager to pursue other awards, continuing their commitment to excellence.
Top Tips for Success from a Previous Winner
Previous winners, Bright Little Stars Stanmore offer valuable tips for early years settings contemplating entry into the 2024 awards:
- Base Evidence on Facts: Ensure that your evidence is grounded in factual achievements and outcomes
- Showcase Every Aspect during the NDNA Visit: Take the NDNA visit as an opportunity to showcase your nursery comprehensively, leaving no aspect unexplored
- Dig Deep into Your Setting’s Strengths: Examine what makes your setting unique and delve deeper into the “why” and the positive outcomes.
Our prestigious nursery awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the nursery sector. If you would like your nursery to have a chance at being part of these amazing awards visit www.votendna.org.uk. It’s FREE to enter!
The NDNA Nursery Awards 2024 winners will be revealed during a glitzy ceremony at the Coventry Building Society Arena on 7 June.