Nursery World Awards 2022 open for entries

Open to everyone involved in early years education and childcare, the Nursery World Awards shine a light on best practice and help to raise the profile of the sector.Through all the challenges that face them, dedicated professionals continue to improve their skills and qualifications and do a fantastic job for young children – this is your chance to be recognised and celebrated.

This year, new categories include the Business Development Award for a new launch or expansion to an early years service; Early Years Apprentice of the Year for those taking qualifications at any level; and the Pandemic Response Award for an individual or team who have met the challenges of the past year in outstanding fashion. The Nursery Food Award returns for 2022.

The full list of categories:


  • Nursery of the Year
  • Nursery Group of the Year
  • Pre-School of the Year
  • Early Years in School Award
  • Childminding Business of the Year


  • Nursery Manager of the Year
  • Nursery Operations/Area Manager of the Year
  • Nursery Practitioner of the Year
  • Early Years Apprentice of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution
  • Childminder of the Year
  • Trainer of the Year
  • Pandemic Response Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Working with Parents
  • Working with Babies and Toddlers
  • Enabling Environments
  • Nursery Food
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Team Development
  • Business Development
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Community Support
  • Online and Social Media
  • Eco-Friendly Early Years


  • Professional Book of the Year

Closing date for entries is 17 May 2022, so don’t delay – get your submissions under way.

For more information about each category and to enter see Website Link.

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