National Day Nurseries Association has announced its 2022 awards are open for nominations after a two year break due to the pandemic

Kathy Oxtoby
Thursday, December 2, 2021

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched its 2022 Nursery Awards after a break of two years due to the pandemic – with some new and updated categories.

The 2022 awards include a new category: Play and Learning: Supporting Children with SEND award. NDNA is looking for examples of outstanding practice about how practitioners support children with SEND to access play activities and experiences.



Opportunity for parents to show appreciation


Given the impact of the pandemic and the need to work differently, NDNA is also looking for nurseries to submit entries for its new Creative Use of Technology award. NDNA will be looking at how settings have used technology to engage with children and their families over the last two years.


Also new for next year is the Nursery Training and Development award, which celebrates settings that have invested in the development and motivation of their team.


NDNA’s Nursery Awards give parents the opportunity to vote and show their appreciation for their child’s nursery and practitioners. These votes will be considered alongside quality assessments of settings and their applications.


There are nine awards to enter for the 2022 awards, which are split into three categories:


  • Public vote and quality assessments:Nursery of the Year (Scotland, Wales, England North, South and Midlands), Practitioner of the Year, Healthy Nursery of the Year.
  • Nomination:Network of the Year.
  • Evidence-based:Play and Learning, Supporting Staff Well-being, Creative use of technology, nursery training and development, Manager of the Year.


The awards shortlisting will be done by an NDNA associate and early years expert, who will put submissions through a rigorous shortlisting and judging process. An NDNA associate will visit all the Nursery of the Year finalists, and some other categories may require a virtual interview at the judging stage.


A celebrity guest will present all the awards at a dinner and ceremony on Friday 24 June at Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. All finalists will receive a promotional banner to display on their nursery’s website. 


Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA’s chief executive said: ‘It was heart-breaking when we had to cancel our awards and conference in 2020. We were unable to hold an in-person event this summer too so we are determined to give the sector something to look forward to next year.

‘We have booked our conference and launched our awards so we can all get back together and celebrate the fantastic work you do, day in day out.


‘In our eyes, you are all stars. So please, take a look at our categories and send in your nominations. We hope for a large mailbag to sift through and can’t wait to start reading about your wonderful experiences and achievements.’


Nurseries can enter as many awards as they wish. The deadline for awards submissions is 28 February 2022 and voting closes on 18 March.


Visit NDNA’s dedicated awards website to register and apply at or find out more at


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