Celebrating Early Years; NDNA awards finalists revealed

National Day Nurseries Association has revealed the finalists for their much anticipated awards for 2022.

Finalists and guests will come together on the 24th June at Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, with celebrity guest Jenny Powell, presenting the awards.

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome everyone back this year, after the disappointment of two years without being able to host our awards and celebrate the wonderful work with the sector. We have continued with online events but look forward to sharing best practice and celebrating the sector in person.

“Everyone in the sector has been working incredibly hard these past two years. Now we can finally get together with those who have been on the frontline and be proud to celebrate all that determination and hard work.

“We had so many amazing nominations this year and it was enormously difficult to shortlist these finalists. Everyone should be so proud of themselves and the unbelievable work that happens across the country every day for our children.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the ceremony in June.”

These are the only nursery awards voted for by parents and have received almost 5,000 votes. NDNA’s early years experts will visit or interview finalists, as well as examine evidence, ready for the judging panel on 10 May.

The finalists are as follows:

Nursery of the Year finalists Sponsored by TTS and Consortium

  • Monkton Nursery School
  • Giggles Day Nursery
  • Fennies Epsom
  • Pear Tree Nursery
  • Bridgend College Day Nursery
  • Essential Early Years
  • Little Lodge Nursery
  • Nannie Annies Daycare
  • Gogerddan Childcare Ltd

Practitioner of the Year finalists – Sponsored by Morgan LaRoche

  • Kidzrus The Lodge – Sarah
  • Kidzrus Forest School Nursery – Naomi

Healthy Nursery of the Year finalists – Sponsored by Pebble

  • Monkton Nursery School
  • Kidzrus Nursery

Manager of the Year finalists – Sponsored by Citation

  • Rosemary McNamara– Little Lodge Nursery
  • Lorraine Kirkwood – Just be Kids Nursery
  • Gerry Garvey – Little Oaks at Muddy Boots

Creative Use of Technology finalists – Sponsored by Blossom Educational

  • Queens Nursery
  • Springfield Day Nurseries

Supporting Staff Well-being finalists – Sponsored by Christie & Co

  • Honey Pot Nursery Wavertree
  • Kidzrus The Lodge

Play & Learning – Supporting Children with SEND finalists

  • Sandhills Day Nursery Wombourne
  • Crafty Wizards World Preschool
  • Loughborough University Nursery
  • Essential Early Years

Nursery Training & Development finalists

  • Charnwood Nursery and Pre School
  • Tops Day Nurseries: Prince Rock

Network of the Year finalists

  • Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan network
  • Sheffield network
  • Carlisle and Eden network

The evening begins with a drinks reception at 7:00pm, followed by a three course meal. A live band will close the evening at midnight, following the awards announcements. Jenny Powell will be announcing the winners of 9 different awards which recognise excellence and dedication to educating and caring for children in our nurseries – including regional Nursery of the Year awards and an overall winner.

Get 10% off your NDNA Conference ticket with an awards ticket. Use the promotion code in your awards ticket order confirmation email at checkout.

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