The Brand New NDNA Wales Training Brochure 2016 

Choose from NDNA's early years training, reflecting the latest policy, legislation and best practice, specifically for Wales.

Next steps in delivering Foundation Phase

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills, has written to all maintained and non maintained settings in Wales.

His letter notes the evaluation of the Foundation Phase and outlines its future approach in light of the recommendations from Professor Donaldson’s report: “Successful Futures: Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment” Arrangements in Wales and the changes being introduced in 2015/16. Read the report in full here

He thanks practitioners for their support in delivering a successful early years programme – the evaluation is overwhelmingly positive. The report can be viewed on the Welsh Government’s website.

The Foundation phase is achieving its main aim to raise attainment of all children with improvements in overall school attendance, literacy and numeracy. Huw hopes all settings can continue to work positively together.

Letter from Huw Lewis (English)
Letter from Huw Lewis (Welsh)

Advice and guidance:

You'll find plenty of useful information in the attached links:

•  DBS  
           •  Fixed dates for processing DBS requests
•  National minimum Standards and Regulations for child minding and day care Wales

•  Registration
•  Notification of changes
•  Changes to the registration of childcare provision in Wales
•  Extension of childcare regulation - Frequently asked questions
          • Childcare provision NOT registered with CSSIW
          • Childcare provision already registered with CSSIW

Guidance for inspection
Thematic report –the impact of advisory teachers on funded non-maintained settings

Welsh Government:
Wales Food and Health guidelines
Learning Wales

Care Council for Wales:
Qualifications required to work in Early Years and Childcare

Public Health Wales:
Infection Prevention and Control for Childcare Settings

If you're a member of NDNA and need help or information regarding regulatory requirements, the Foundation Phase and Welsh Language, please contact NDNA Cymru on 01824 707 823.

NDNA Cymru – working together to drive high quality childcare   

NDNA has a committed and enthusiastic member base in Wales

In Wales, we have a thriving membership representing 57% of private day nurseries, with active member networks in local authority areas across the country, and an office in Ruthin, Denbighshire. 

We’re also a strategic partner to the Welsh Government, supporting policy development and the implementation of early learning and childcare strategy.

We're supporting nurseries in Wales by:

Working strategically with the Welsh Government and other agencies to address childcare issues in Wales 
Developing relationships with local networks of nursery members 
Providing you with information and support specific to nurseries in Wales
Providing continuous professional development to help nurseries grow as businesses 
Working with local authorities to support day nurseries throughout Wales. 

What can NDNA Cymru do for you?

When you join NDNA, you’ll receive the support you need to develop your quality of care, and to run a healthy sustainable business, using the latest essential information, training and support:

Wales-specific policies and procedures for your nursery view them here
Regular sector updates to ensure you don’t miss a thing 
Support and advice to help you run a healthy and successful business
Access to discounted online and face to face training – all designed by our specialist Early Years Advisers.

To see the different membership options and benefits of each one, visit our Membership page and choose the right one for you.  

If you’re unsure, please call our membership team on 01484 40 70 70.

Flexible, affordable Early Years Training

Our wide range of training days, designed by our specialist Early Years Advisers, will upgrade your skills and help you to empower your staff, so you can step back and look at the direction you want to take your business over the coming years. NDNA members receive discounts on all training courses and publications.

Here are just some of the courses suitable for Wales:

Early Years courses:
o Maths in Early Years
o Interactive Foundation Phase Workshop
o Working with Babies
o Observations, planning and assessment
o Promoting positive behaviour
o Brave boys

Business and Management courses:
o Leadership and management
o Business planning
o Induction, supervision and appraisal
o Marketing for success

We also have a range of factsheets, policies and procedures, written specifically for Wales, which are free to our members:

member factsheets for Wales 
FREE factsheets on early years practice and management, and bilingual factsheets. 

nursery policy and procedure templates 
Fantastic, bilingual, practical policy and procedure templates, for use in your nursery in Wales.

To see the full range of training and publications for Wales please visit our shop.

NDNA partners with RT Training Services providing child protection for members in Wales


We’re offering two new face-to-face child protection training courses to boost the care you and your nursery deliver.  Take a look at the courses and find the one that’s suitable for your setting. Once you've found the right course for you, simply book through NDNA and members will receive their special nursery membership discount. 

“We’re really pleased to have forged this working relationship with RT Training to deliver this very important course.” Sandra Welsby, National Manager for Wales at NDNA.

Read more


NDNA partners with training provider Educ8 offering fully-funded qualifications to support you and your workforce

 Through a new partnership arrangement with NDNA Cymru, Educ8 is able to offer fully funded Level 2, 3 & 5 Management or Level 5 Advanced Practice Children’s Care, Learning & Development (CCLD) qualifications to those working 16 hours or more in Childcare and Early Years Settings.

For further information, please contact our Regional Development Manager (South Wales) Debra Winney on 01824 707823 ext.205 or email These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. 

We’re representing you on a local and national level

NDNA Cymru works with partner organisations, government and the media to ensure that the voice of nurseries in Wales is heard. 

Here are just some of the ways we’re representing our members: 

policy papers - NDNA regularly produces policy papers for Wales to provide you with updates on the sector’s current position
consultations - we respond to numerous consultations on behalf of members
surveys - we often ask you to complete surveys on hot topics, so we can inform nurseries across Wales more accurately
meetings - we regularly attend meetings to represent nurseries throughout Wales on a local and national level. 

For further details please contact NDNA Cymru on 01824 707 823. 

If you would like to join NDNA Cymru please call our membership team on 01484 40 70 70. 

Find out about the curriculum, inspection and regulation for nurseries in Wales

The Foundation Phase is the statutory curriculum for all 3 to 7 year old children in Wales, in both maintained and non-maintained settings. The Foundation Phase places great emphasis on children learning by doing, encouraging children to be more creative and imaginative, making learning more enjoyable and effective. The Foundation Phase has seven Areas of Learning which are delivered through practical activities and active learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors. For more information visit the Welsh Government website.

Nurseries who are funded by their local authority to deliver the Foundation Phase are also inspected by ESTYN which inspects the educational aspect of the provision. If you'd like to view inspection reports, visit the ESTYN website

Nurseries in Wales are inspected against the associated Regulations and National Minimum Standards by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). To view an inspection report for nurseries in Wales visit the CSSIW website.

All nurseries in Wales are required to adhere to the associated Regulations and National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Regulated Child Care. The Regulations outline what a care provider must do by law to provide a care service in Wales for children under 8 years old. The National Minimum Standards focus on securing positive outcomes for children under eight and reducing risks to their welfare and safety. To view the associated Regulations and NMS visit the CSSIW website.

Welsh Government
scheme to support parents 

NDNA welcomes the Welsh Government’s
scheme to pay childcare costs to support
 unemployed parents into work or training.
Read the full press release


We asked
about future 
support for
families in Wales

See Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister for Wales' response: