NDNA Knowledge Hub - UK

The latest childcare updates you need to know now. Select your nation for nation-specific updates, or view UK-wide items below.

New child car seat rules

14 February 2017
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Rules are being introduced across Europe by 1 March 2017 affecting how new backless booster seats are made. The new rules will not affect existing seats.

The change will make products better suited for younger children, and while it doesn't mean existing seats are illegal or unsafe, the Government is encouraging parents to make sure they know the rules for using child car seats. 

Find out more here, and share this information with parents at your nursery.


Handy business rates revaluation guide

19 December 2016
Lambert Smith Hampton business rates inforgraphic

New rateable values for all commercial properties, such as nurseries, in England, Scotland and Wales will be introduced in the 2017 business rates revaluation. 

NDNA Member Benefit Partner Lambert Smith Hampton has created a handy guide on the changes to come.

It simply explains the changes to business rates through the revaluation and how it will affect you. 

View or download the guide here, find out more about business rates here and discover membership discounts with Lambert Smith Hampton here.

New report shows importance of reading at an early age

2 December 2016
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A new report from the Social Market Foundation has found that children who are not read to at age 5 have lower test scores at age 11, and children who read for enjoyment make better progress. The findings showed that encouraging a habit of reading at an early age continues to drive better outcomes in education past nursery age.

NDNA's Literacy Champions Programme supports practitioners to boost literacy achievements, and includes online training, one-to-one support and advice and access to over 300 literacy resources. Find out more!

New online course and advice from NSPCC to support parents

29 November 2016
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The NSPCC had produced an online course and released advice for childcare professionals to give to parents, to help them cope with crying babies.

Key points from the Autumn Statement

24 November 2016
Phillip Hammond

View key points from the Autumn Statement including childcare being excluded from removal of tax breaks for salary sacrifice schemes – so no change for employer supported childcare vouchers and the National Living Wage to increase to £7.50 from April 2017.

Further questions answered: Tax Free Childcare

17 November 2016
All eligible parents for Tax Free Childcare will be able to open a Tax Free Childcare online account when it is launched in 2017. For every 80p a parent/guardian pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p. A number of members raised questions at recent member events answered here by HM Revenue and Customs..

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