Here you'll find a range of childcare blog posts written by our very own early years experts from 2016.

19 times nurseries served up fabulous food this month

30 June 2016
Child's food plateNDNA member nurseries are preparing some very sophisticated dishes, week in, week out. So we thought we’d celebrate them in pictures! Prepare to feast your eyes ... 

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NDNA’s Select XI and the Potential Success of 30 Free Hours

- Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive
17 June 2016
Purnima Tanuku

So Euro 2016 is well under way. I have my team in the office sweepstake. Go, Czech Republic!

Think about all those hopeful nations and elite squads. Imagine the impassioned and agonising decisions that go into picking 11 men to grace the pitch for their country, at any one time. Their skills are diverse and complimentary. They must work together to achieve success.  Here at NDNA we’ve just unveiled our own select XI. Not a football team but a list of key messages.

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How a matter of 62p saved the Government’s key 30 Free Hours trial

- Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive

2 June 2016
Purnima Tanuku62p doesn’t quite buy you a first class stamp but this modest sum has averted the collapse of a hotly-anticipated Department for Education pilot scheme. I’m talking about the 30 free nursery hours trial in York, which was boycotted by its participants before it began, hitting headlines in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.

Happily now, things have moved on and this very important initiative is back on track.

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The state of the very different nursery sectors in Scotland and Wales.

 - Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive

8 April 2016
CoinsAs I wrote in EYE magazine this month, our Annual Nursery Surveys 2016 reveal childcare providers in Scotland suffering the most acute free hours funding shortfall in the whole of the UK - an annual average of nearly £40,000 for a nursery offering 35 places.

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Developing Literacy Superheroes 

- Fiona Bland, NDNA Early Years Adviser an Literacy Champions Lead

 1 April 2016

SuperheroNDNA Early Years Adviser Fiona Bland gave a fascinating seminar at the Childcare Expo 2016, which you can download here, giving you all the information you need to transform your children into literacy superheroes!

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Ad-hoc childcare 

-Sally Dunlop - NDNA Early Years Adviser

25 March 2016

child with mum and practitionerIn the ever changing working world for parents, many providers are looking to offer a more flexible approach to ad-hoc childcare. Flexibility is one of the watchwords in childcare policy – parents want it and the traditional nine-to-five day is no longer the norm. 


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Majority of Nurseries 'Unlikely' to Offer Places to Meet 30 Hours Demand

- Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive

17 February 2016
little girl with megaphoneThe seventh NDNA Annual Nursery Survey has just been published, summarising the state of the sector in the view of nearly 500 nurseries across England.

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