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The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have launched the Nursery Awards 2013, the only awards in the sector voted for by parents.
Focused upon highlighting quality care and learning practice, the awards consist of five national and regional winners with one nursery earning the prestigious crown of being named NDNA Nursery of the Year.
“Every year I look forward to taking part in the judging of the awards,” says NDNA chief executive Purnima Tanuku. “It is inspiring to hear so many touching stories about the fantastic care that nurseries provide children and families across the UK, it makes me very proud to work in the sector.
“I would urge all nurseries to register to take part as soon as possible. Previous winners say entering the awards really brought the team together and that the marketing and PR opportunities, brought about by being part of the awards, helped boost occupancy. Even if you don’t win, the awards offer a great opportunity to motivate your team and find out what parents think about your nursery.”
The awards are judged partnership with parenting site Netmums. Founder Sally Russell feels the role quality nurseries play in a child’s upbringing should be celebrated; she says: “A good nursery can build the foundations for a child's future, instilling a love of play and learning, teaching them how to get along with others and boosting a child's creativity and confidence.
“There are some wonderful nurseries working very hard to give children the best start in life and it is right they are recognised and rewarded. Netmums is delighted to support these national awards and we would encourage our million members to vote for their favourite.”
The last date for entries is at 9am on 22 March, with parents able to register at www.ndna.org.uk/nurseryawards The awards themselves will be announced 20 June in a ceremony at Peterborough Arena, supported by Christie & Co.