Nurseries dazzle at the Nursery World Awards 2021

The Nursery World Awards 2021 ceremony took place on Saturday night (25 September) at the Brewery in London and a number of NDNA members were crowned winners.

 General photo of stage

NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE and Director of Business Development Cara Brundle attended the in-person ceremony. Purnima presented the award for Nursery Operations/Regional Manager to Carly Wray from Seahorse nursery in London. She was also on the awards judging panel. Purnima Tanuku OBE with Carly Wray

Purnima Tanuku said: “Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up, it’s an amazing achievement in such a difficult year.

“It was so wonderful to be able to attend this event in person finally. I met so many people I had only seen on a screen previously, caught up with people I hadn’t seen for ages and there were lots of new faces too.

“We were so impressed with the standard of nominations this year and so many winners and finalists are NDNA members. You are all amazing.”

Cara Brundle added: “It was a privilege to see so many talented early years practitioners being recognised and celebrated for their hard work and professionalism. The Covid-19 hero award was particularly emotional when all those who had been nominated for making a difference during the pandemic stood up for applause.”

See the full list of winners, highly commended and finalists for the different categories here.


photos credit: Nursery World

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