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Latest childcare news

23 March 2017

NDNA has welcomed today's early years and childcare announcements in Scotland - but says that the right funding will be the key to its success. Read more


Tax-free childcare goes live from 28 April

22 March 2017

The Government has announced that the first beneficiaries of tax-free childcare will be parents of two-year-olds from 28 April.  Read more


Scottish Government to invest £50m so staff earn Living Wage

20 March 2017

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an injection of £50 million into their free childcare policy by 2020.  Read more


Dubai event a big success

14 March 2017

NDNA International held a successful event this week in Dubai with nurseries from United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain attending.  Read more


Budget: Government priorities pubs over childcare businesses

8 March 2017

We are extremely disappointed that the Chancellor chose to ignore the plight of nurseries in his Budget speech today, instead supporting local pubs.  Read more


NDNA says Department for Education must rethink unworkable Model Agreement before time runs out to make 30 hours a success

3 March 2017
NDNA today voiced the sector’s disappointment with the Department for Education’s failure to formalise nurseries’ ability to make mandatory charges for extras such as food to help cover the true cost of 30 hours.

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NDNA delighted at Minister’s announcement on return of functional skills option for childcare students

3 March 2017 

The Minister’s long-awaited decision to broaden nursery practitioners’ stringent qualifications requirements will help ease the sector’s recruitment crisis, says NDNA.

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Government must revisit 30 hours before it's too late to make it a success, says NDNA

2 March 2017

NDNA has responded to today's Childcare Survey from the Family and Childcare Trust   Read more


One fifth of providers won't provide 30 hours: DfE survey

27 February 2017

According to latest figures released by the DfE, only 63% of group providers plan to offer 30 hours.  Read more


Disappointment at dismissal of EY Trailblazer Group

20 February 2017

NDNA is very disappointed that the Early Years Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has been dismissed by the Government.  Read more


Minister says nurseries "should charge for extras" 

15 February 2017

Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage was reported as telling nursery owners that they must charge parents for extras to remain viable while delivering 30 free hours.  Read more


Our annual nursery survey attracts more responses than ever before

8 February 2017

More than 1100 nurseries have now responded to the survey, which has run for a month in England, Scotland and Wales.   Read more


Mumsnet features Millie's Mark as guest campaign

7 February 2017

Mumsnet is featuring Millie's Mark as its guest campaign this week!  Read more

Scrap universal funded childcare, says Institute of Economic Affairs 

6 February 2017

A think-tank is urging the Government to “get the state out of pre-school and childcare”.  Read more


BBC Radio You and Yours - Purnima and member nursery speak about funding

1 February 2017

NDNA's Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE and member nursery in York Little Green Rascals gave their views on funding on today's You and Yours consumer programme on BBC Radio 2 (Wednesday 1st February).  Read more


 Great response to Annual Nursery Survey - have you filled yours in yet?

24 January 2017

More than 400 nurseries have already given NDNA their views in our biggest and most crucial Annual Nursery Survey yet - two weeks still to go before the deadline.  Read more


Scottish early learning and childcare can only be transformed with sufficient investment

11 January 2017

Have your sayScotland’s ambitious plans for transforming early learning and childcare can only work with adequate investment, says National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

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Call to nursery sector to give crucial evidence in NDNA’s biggest survey

9 January 2017

Have your sayNDNA which launches its Annual Nursery Survey today urges the whole sector to give their views and data.  

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Merry Christmas and happy new year from everyone at NDNA!

22 December 2016

We hope you have a lovely break filled with friends, family and fabulous food - and come back to work in January refreshed and recharged.

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Purnima's Review of the Year 2016

15 December 2016

It’s all change … yet no change. As the year ends, NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku examines where we’re at with 30 hours and what will happen next in her Huffington Post  blog, also published at myNDNA, our free community for childcare workers.

Congratulations to NMT awards winners 2016

30 November 2016

Congratulations to all the NMT Nursery Awards winners, most of whom are NDNA members!