Five months after being judged Ofsted Outstanding, Walsall College’s on-site nursery is once again celebrating after scooping the top prize in the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Awards. Little Professors Nursery has been named Nursery of the Year 2023.
Aimed at early years settings across the UK, the NDNA Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the nursery sector, highlighting the fantastic work of nurseries and practitioners in supporting over one million children and their families.
Judging is based around an initial award submission, a visit from a NDNA representative and a voting system involving parents. The award is sponsored by nursery resource suppliers, Hope.
“We are so proud to have been awarded the NDNA Nursery of the Year title,” said Abby Selibas, Little Professors Nursery Manager.
“This is an incredible year for us, from achieving IQM Inclusive School Award Centre of Excellence status, to being named Ofsted Outstanding and now this – Nursery of the Year for the entire UK!
“I am so proud of Little Professors staff team. The hard work, dedication and quality of care provided by each member of staff every day is phenomenal. We take pride in seeing the positive impact this has on each child and in turn, their families.”
Abby added: “We are grateful to everyone who voted for and continues to support us.”
Abby and the team received their award during a glitzy ceremony held at Coventry Building Society Arena.
NDNA’s Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE, celebrated alongside the winners and said: “The awards are a wonderful opportunity to all come together and celebrate the people who make our sector so amazing.
“Congratulations to Little Professors Nursery and to all our winners and finalists and thank you to all the dedicated parents and carers who voted.
“The quality of the entries has been extremely high, and it was a tough job for the panel of judges choosing the winners. Despite the constant challenges you face you continue to provide an exceptional service supporting, caring and guiding our youngest children. It makes us very proud to hear and celebrate you all.”
The Little Professors was established in 2009 and is operated by 15 members of childcare staff. Students at Walsall College on early years and childcare courses also regularly participate in work placements at the nursery.
Further details about Little Professors Nursery are available here.