NDNA Awards 2024 finalists announced!

Huge congratulations to our NDNA Awards 2024 shortlisters and good luck! Don’t forget to buy your tickets soon to find out our finalists on 7 June 2024 at Coventry Building Society Arena. You can buy your tickets here.

Community Support and Charity Fundraising Award 

  • everyFAMILY 
  • Growing Places @ Morelands 
  • Essential Early Years 

Apprentice of the Year 

  • Abigail Murphey, Eco Babe Private Day Nursery 
  • Crystal Chandler, Barhill Day Nursery 
  • Kelsey Johnson, Mill Cottage Montessori School (Daycare) 

Excellence in Additional Needs Award 

  • Dingley’s Promise 
  • Essential Early Years 
  • SEND to Learn 

Network of the Year Award 

  • Andy Melbourne – Willow Garden Day Nursery, Chair of Essex Network 
  • Karen Richards – The Wolds Day Nursery, Co-Chair of Nottinghamshire Network AND Laura Gapski, Co-Chair of Nottinghamshire
  • Beverley Coltman – Charnwood Nursery, Co-Chair of Leicestershire Network  AND Matthew Leedham – Nursery Rhymes, Co-Chair of Leicestershire Network 
  • Philippa Perks and Sharon Fenton of University of Cumbria Pre-School, Co-Chairs of Lancashire Network 

Nursery Training and Development Award 

  • Little Dragons Day Nursery Harrogate 
  • Scallywags Nursery Hornchurch 
  • Banana Moon Bromley 

Learning Through Play Award: Outstanding Baby Room Practitioner Award 

  • Chloe Mzioued, Bright Little Stars Nursery Stratford 
  • Jayana Linsdell, Honeybear Nursery – Whalley Range 
  • Megan Stocks, The Old Forge Day Nursery 

 Manager of the Year 

  • Marie Forde, The Grove Montessori 
  • Sarina Kukadia, Bright Little Stars Nursery 
  • Melissa Kennedy-Roberts, Headstart-on-the-Hill Nursery 

Outstanding Contribution Award 

  • Elaine Sagar, The Sunflower Children’s Centre Hyde
  • Sue Poole, NDNA Network Chair and Monkton Nursery School  

Practitioner of the Year Award 

  • Rachael Marshall, Little Lodge Nursery Worcester
  • Leanne Eastwood, First Friends Day Nursery @ Wootey 
  • Grace McGowan, Nannie Annies Daycare 

Nursery of the Year England North

  • Ashbridge Nursery Hutton 
  • The Sunflower Children’s Centre 
  • Rosehill Day Nursery 

Nursery of the Year England South  

  • Jesters Beaulieu Nursery & Pre-School 
  • Scallywags Nursery Chelmsford 
  • Port Regis Montessori Nursery 

Nursery of the Year England Central  

  • Greenview Nursery 
  • Little Hands Daycare Stourbridge 

Nursery of the Year Wales

  • Little Stars Nursery 
  • Chuckles Nursery 
  • Nestlings Nursery 

Nursery of the Year Scotland

  • Ankerville Nurseries & Training Centre 
  • Banana Moon Bridge of Don 

What happens next?

Judging panel


Finalists are invited to the awards ceremony, held on 7 June 2024 at Coventry Building Society Arena and can purchase tickets.

For those categories where further interviews or site visits take place, the finalists will be contacted to make appropriate arrangements.

Our judging panel, made up of NDNA’s trustees and industry professionals, judge finalist entries in May. Winners are announced at the NDNA Awards 2024.

Good luck!


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Make a night of it

7th June 2024 at Coventry Building Society Arena

Awards finalists wishing to stay the night of the NDNA Awards 2024, you can find hotel venue booking details below:

  • £105 per room, per night B&B single occupancy (inc. VAT)
  • £117 per room, per night B&B double occupancy (inc. VAT)
  • Allocation for NDNA Conference attendees available until 25 April 2024 subject to availability – please contact the hotel directly
  • Room rates include parking, Wi-Fi and use of the fitness suite, as well as breakfast
  • Guests will be required to provide valid card details to the hotel to guarantee their reservation, payment will be taken upon arrival at the hotel . Guests will be responsible for their own room accounts.
  • Check in: from 15:00 on day of arrival
  • Check out: by 11:00 on date of departure
  • Cancellation: rooms booked can be cancelled by the individual gusts, directly with the hotel, up to midnight 24 hours prior to arrival. These will be included within your individual email confirmation.
  • If you require an accessible room – please let the hotel know
    • Phone: 02476 933340 (option 1) – booking code: 0606NA
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Join us through the day at NDNA Conference 2024

For only £25, spend the day of the awards ceremony improving your practice.


Yes, you heard it right! To celebrate 25 years of NDNA being a charity, we are thrilled to launch all conference tickets to NDNA members for just £25.

Non-members are still very welcome at NDNA Conference for the full price of NDNA membership. Alternatively, why not sign up to NDNA membership and receive a huge range of member benefits along with a £25 conference ticket?

Leaders and practitioners, we can’t wait to welcome you to our annual flagship event to keep you informed, improve your practice and continue growing together.




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Browse our 2024 award categories

NEW! Excellence in Additional Needs Award

Settings excelling in meeting the needs of children with additional needs
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NEW! Learning Through Play: Outstanding Baby Room Practitioner Award

For outstanding baby room practitioners.
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Nursery of the Year Award

NDNA’s prestigious award for ultimate recognition.
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Practitioner of the Year Award

Recognising the dedication of early years practitioners.
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Community Support/Charity Fundraising Award

This award looks at your settings’ role within the wider community.
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Manager of the Year Award

Recognising the excellence of managers in early years.
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Apprentice of the Year Award

Tell us why you think an apprentice in your setting is outstanding.
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Nursery Training and Development Award

Rewarding nurseries’ commitment to setting and staff development.
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Outstanding Contribution Award

An individual that has significantly contributed to making a visible difference.
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Network of the Year Award

Celebrating the success and hard work of NDNA’s networks.
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