International School from Thailand Wins Top International Award

International School from Thailand Wins Top International Award

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) annual conference and awards evening took place on Friday 28th June at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire (England). The wonderful evening celebrated the best of the best, acknowledging success and excellence across the early years sector. BBC Broadcaster Katie Thistleton was there to host the event and present the awards in fifteen categories.

Kensington International Kindergarten, Bangkok, won the International Nursery of the Year Award (supported by TTS and Consortium). 

There to accept the award were directors, Nitiphan Phanwiroj and Varaporn Kanchanawat, who flew in especially from Thailand, along with Headteacher, Beverley Petch.

Beverley said: “The directors and I couldn’t be more proud of our teachers, support staff and parents who have made this award possible through sheer hard work with a ‘child first’ mentality. As the only school in Thailand, or in the whole of Asia to have achieved ‘platinum’ status, we are now ideally placed to share our knowledge enabling other schools in the country to achieve the same high standards set by the NDNA.”

Kensington took part in NDNA’s Quality Counts quality assurance scheme. The school had 12 months to evidence their high-quality practice, and this was validated through a full day assessment visit from an external assessor, followed by a review at the Quality Counts panel. The panel is made up of UK-based sector experts, and they reached a unanimous decision to award at the very highest level, Platinum.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Congratulations to Kensington International Kindergarten in Bangkok for being a shining example for the early years sector.

The judging process across all the awards was tough this year given the fantastic entries, but glowing testimonials from those closest to the children in these settings helped with the overall decision making. This award is thoroughly deserved, and I am absolutely delighted for all those involved.”

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