NDNA celebrates early years practitioners as unsung superheroes on National Superhero Day

Kathy Oxtoby
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Practitioners praised for their ‘unflinching determination’ to care for children throughout the pandemic, on a day dedicated to heroes.

A day to celebrate the sector's superpower achievements.
A day to celebrate the sector's superpower achievements.

Today is National Superhero Day, and National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is celebrating the achievements of all those in the early years sector over the past year.

Practitioners have gone ‘above and beyond to care for and educate our youngest children during the pandemic, as they always do, and are unsung heroes of their families and children’, NDNA said.

National Superhero Day was founded by Marvel Comics in 1995 for people to celebrate their favourite super heroes. But people are also encouraged to thank their own heroes, that they look up to every day.

‘Unsung superheroes of our communities’
Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of NDNA said: ‘NDNA is celebrating National Superhero Day. Over the last year we have witnessed the everyday heroism of key workers up and down the country. Well, behind those frontline workers are the unsung superheroes of our communities – those that work in early years.

‘Throughout the pandemic, dedicated early years practitioners have gone to work every day with unflinching determination to care for our youngest children, so their families can care for us. They have supported children and families through difficult lockdowns, giving them high quality care and learning opportunities despite all the challenges of the pandemic.’

Stand out achievements by the sector highlighted by the NDNA included providing critical childcare during lockdowns ensuring keyworkers were able to be on the frontline, and staying open to support children and families during difficult lockdown periods.

NDNA praised the sector for giving children ‘safe, nurturing and stimulating environments at a traumatic time’, and for helping the sector ‘have a stronger voice by being part of its campaigns on testing, vaccination, funding and safety in early years’.

Ms Tanuku added: ‘I’m so proud to be associated with the early years sector – you truly are the fourth emergency service.

‘You deserve a huge amount of credit and far more than you often get. So whether it’s individual supermen and women, or teams coming together to combine their superpowers, today we celebrate all you’ve done and share what we have achieved with our members together.’

  • Find out more here. Early years settings can share their achievements and superhero stories with NDNA on Facebookand Twitter using the hashtags #NationalSuperheroDay and #UnsungHeros.


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