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.

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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.

Programme Co-ordinator: Wales

Location: Ruthin, Denbighshire​
Closing date: 5pm 26 October 2017

The purpose of the role is to ensure successful implementation and delivery of NDNA’s ‘Over 50s Childcare Works’ programme in Flintshire and Wrexham. The programme is aimed at getting over 50’s back into employment, based within an early years childcare setting.   The post holder will manage the nursery assistants in their return to employment, providing support and guidance.

The role will include:

  • Implement NDNA’s ‘Over 50s Childcare Works’ programme, developing and embedding systems to ensure the programme runs effectively in line with Welsh Government Grant Conditions
  • Ensure that all Welsh Government reporting and notification procedures are adhered to for monitoring and audit purposes
  • Manage the Nursery Assistants, providing regular communication throughout the project ensuring they are supported effectively meeting NDNA standards
  • Undertake payroll admin procedures including timesheets management,  attendance, sickness absence records, holiday management for submission to NDNA’s outsourced payroll service
  • Undertake  budget monitoring and the collection of evidence, providing reports on expenditure.

Download the full job description below:

Membership Officer

The purpose of the role is to support the Membership Department with its administration processes, as well as monitoring the database for accuracy of information, ensuring delivery of a consistently high standard of customer service.  The role holder has responsibility for membership administration and membership database processes.

The role will include:

  • Responsible for the distribution of membership renewals, certificates, general information such as literature, leaflets, electronic communications
  • Support the membership team with the processing of membership renewals and international membership applications 
  • Manage the monthly process of direct debits payments
  • Maintain and manage emails and outlook calendar daily to effectively respond to queries and deliver membership support
  • Support the programme of customer care calls, making, analysing and reporting outcomes to the National Membership Manager
  • Appropriately handle, record and report on enquiries, including complaints, providing information and directing callers to the appropriate source of further information where necessary.


Download the full job description below:

Membership Officer Job Description
(Microsoft Word Document)

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