Careers at NDNA

If you want to play your part in the future of the childcare sector, then come and work for NDNA! 

NDNA is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and is actively opposed to discrimination in society.

Don’t see the vacancy you’re looking for?


Email us with your most recent CV and tell us what you’re looking for in your next career move.

We’ll get in touch if any suitable roles come up and keep your details on file for six months.


National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity and membership association specifically for nurseries. We work in partnership with nurseries, local authorities, national government and a range of partners to develop an environment in which early learning and care can flourish.

NDNA colleagues are caring, committed, passionate and honest and like to have fun in their jobs. In return for your talent, energy and dedication, NDNA offers fantastic career opportunities and a range of support and benefits, including: 

  • 23 days holiday (extra days awarded for length of service) plus bank holidays 
  • Salary sacrifice pension scheme (6% employer contribution with 3% from employee) 
  • Access to a range of other benefits including a corporate paid healthcare cash plan
  • Head office based staff enjoy free car parking at our pleasant out-of-town offices and free tea, coffee and fruit
  • Home-based staff benefit from a monthly broadband allowance and a contribution towards office equipment.

To apply e-mail your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ndna.org.uk. Please indicate if there are any dates you are unavailable in your covering letter.

Events Administrator


Location: Bradley, Huddersfield 
Salary: £15,250 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: Temporary until April 2018 with possibility of permanent position

This post supports the Workforce Team in the administration of product delivery and contracts within the department. The postholder works closely with the Events Officer, Project Officer and Quality Manager and members of other teams as required.

Main Duties

  • Maintain and manage emails and outlook calendar daily to effectively deliver NDNA services
  • Organise travel and overnight accommodation for staff or consultant trainers as required within budget constraints Support the team to review and update all working processes and procedures for continual improvement 
  • Collate data and maintain data systems (e.g. NDNA Customer Relationship Management system, other electronic data systems and hard copy filing systems as appropriate)
  • Provide administrative support for the monitoring of organisational and contractual targets Process invoices and purchase services within budget constraints, following the organisation’s finance procedures 
  • Support the department in conducting evaluation and assessing impact of delivery, reporting feedback to line managers Front of house duties – including meeting and greeting visitors as required
  • Carry out such other duties as are required and as are commensurate with the grade of the post.

To apply e-mail your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ndna.org.uk . Please indicate if there are any dates you are unavailable in your covering letter.
Events dministrator job description
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Project Co-ordinator 


Location: Ruthin, Wales
Salary: Band C £21,016 – £26,290 
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: Funded to 31 August 2018, with possibility of extension subject to funding
Closing date: 28 August 2017

This position funded by the Welsh Government, plays an important role in the delivery of NDNA Cymru’s employment programme ‘Childcare Works’.  The role is to provide robust, effective support for its’ successful implementation and delivery.

Main Duties

  • Responsible for the placement and support of Nursery Assistants employed in the Childcare Works Programme
  • Undertake payroll admin procedures including timesheets management,  attendance, sickness absence records , holiday management for submission to NDNA’s outsourced payroll service
  • Carry out financial monitoring and assisting with reporting for the project, including relevant mandatory supporting documentation; ensuring procedures and paperwork are recorded accurately on WCVAs Data system

To apply e-mail your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ndna.org.uk . Please indicate if there are any dates you are unavailable in your covering letter.

Apprentice Vacancies


Start earning. Keep learning.

Our apprenticeship programme gives you the chance to do both. As a full-time employee, you’ll spend 20% of your time working towards your apprenticeship accreditation and the rest with your team, doing a real job, and gaining practical experience in your chosen field.

It’s a powerful combination that will propel your career forwards as you become a certified professional. Plenty of ambition, bags of initiative and an eagerness to learn. That’s what we’ll be looking for in you. Plus, of course, a demonstrable interest in the work we do. But most important will be your proactive attitude. We can teach you all you need to know about the job but it’ll be your own enthusiasm and commitment that determine how fast you progress, and develop the skills you need for a bright future ahead.

Business Administration Apprentice

Location: Bradley, Huddersfield
Salary: £3.85 per hour

Are you passionate about customer service and great at getting people together? Working in our membership team you’ll support the department with its administration processes, helping to ensure the delivery of a consistently high standard of customer service to our members.

The role will include:

  • Distribution of membership renewals, certificates, general information such as literature, leaflets, electronic communications
  • Supporting the team with the processing of membership renewals and international membership applications 
  • Management of emails and the outlook calendar daily to effectively respond to queries and deliver membership support
  • Collating data and maintenance of data systems on the customer relationship management system, other electronic data systems and hard copy filing systems as appropriate, ensuring contact details are accurately recorded
  • Appropriately handle, record and report on enquiries, including complaints, providing information and directing callers to the appropriate source of further information where necessary.

Please contact recruitment@ndna.org.uk for more information.

Qualified early years trainers: Scotland


NDNA currently require qualified early years trainers across Scotland to deliver training and/or undertake ‘Preparing for your Inspection’ visits and ‘Business Support’ work within early years settings. 

We are looking for anyone with knowledge of some or all of the following:

Delivering training role:

  • Experience in the early years sector
  • Hold a relevant training qualification
  • Experience of delivering training to groups
  • Evidence of CPD
Carrying out ‘Preparing for your inspection’ and/or ‘Business support’:

  • Knowledge of the Early Learning and Childcare Inspection process in Scotland/The Care Inspectorate/Education Scotland
  • Past or current experience of managing a setting graded "excellent" or "very good"
  • Experience of ‘Business Support’ either for settings or within a Local Authority
  • Experience delivering quality assurance schemes for settings

You would be required to be self-employed as an associate of NDNA and work a variety of days and times if available.  This role is possible to fit around other training delivery/support roles.

Associates are required to have their own projector and insurance. We cannot guarantee any minimum volume of work, but all trainers’ details will be included on our database.

For further information please contact heather.s@ndna.org.uk