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The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched their 2015 nursery awards in the form of a new website where parents can vote for nurseries that they think deserve special recognition.
Votes can be made online at a new website launched by the NDNA to make the process quick and easy for parents to select their choices.
The awards often attract thousands of votes from across the UK and are sponsored by a number of companies including, Citation Professional Services, as well as education resources provider Hope Education and Christie + Co who provide sales and valuation support for nurseries with media sponsorship from Netmums.
Chief Executive of the NDNA, Purnima Tanuku, said: “All our worthy winners and finalists epitomise the amazing work and dedicated support that nurseries provide to children and their families across the UK. We would urge all parents and those working in the sector to register their vote for these awards so that we can recognise and appreciate the hard work of nurseries and practitioners.”
Parents have the opportunity to vote for six awards, including Nursery of the Year and can select from all nurseries based in the UK. A winner is selected from each region, North of England, Central England, South of England, Scotland and Wales then one overall winner will be chosen from all regions.
A new ‘Investing in your People’ award is featured and is awarded to nurseries with a motivated and happy workforce that is reflected on the children that are cared for at that nursery, the award is sponsored by Morgan LaRoche Solicitors.
Most of the categories in the awards are for groups or nurseries, however, there are some individual awards, including ‘Practitioner of the Year’ and ‘Sector Champions.’ These awards are given to people who have a strong passion for caring for children and seek the best care outcomes.
The award for ‘Sector Champion’ is given to groups or individuals who work continuously to increase Early Years awareness either from working in a nursery, as a volunteer, within a local authority or media organisation for the promotion of the Early Years sector.
Other categories within the awards include, ‘Healthy Nursery of the Year’ which is awarded to nurseries ensuring that the children that they care for are leading happy and healthy lifestyles. In addition there is a ‘Technology’ award where parents can vote for nurseries that use different technologies to benefit the children in their care. The technology award is sponsored by information management company, Red Fish.
Oakfield Nursery School was announced as the winner last year receiving in excess of 3,500 votes and was awarded £400 worth of Hope Early Years vouchers. Director of Oakfield Nursery School, Roisin Moriarty, said: “It was a fantastic evening and great to celebrate the inspiring work and dedication of all our colleagues in the sector." Nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on Thursday 11 June at Ricoh Arena, Coventry following the first day of the NDNA annual nursery conference.
The deadline for the awards is 22 March, to vote, visit: http://vote.ndna.org.uk/