Early implementers delivering 30 hours pilots will speak at NDNA spring events 

Delivering 30 funded hours, tax-free childcare and universal credit will all be discussed at National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) member events.

An early implementer from one of the 30 hours pilot schemes will be sharing their experiences and knowledge with delegates from the nursery sector.

Government representatives will also be attending the six member events in northern England along with an event each in Scotland and Wales over the coming weeks to discuss the new childcare benefits.

All member events, which are sponsored by Citation Professional Services, include a presentation by Citation on managing staff absences.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “We look forward to welcoming nurseries to our spring member events in England when you can hear the experiences of those who are involved in the early implementer pilots and ask questions about how they are dealing with various issues.

“At all our events you will be able to engage with representatives from the HM Revenue and Customs about the forthcoming tax-free childcare. 

“We also have on hand a vital session from our sponsors Citation on managing staff absences and a representative from the Department for Work and Pensions speaking about Universal Credit.”

The spring member events, which are free to members but open to non-members for a charge, take place on the following days:

2 March, East Midlands (Grantham)
7 March, West Midlands (Leamington Spa)
8 March, Yorkshire and Humber (Leeds)
22 March, North East (Chester-le-Street)
28 March, North West (Salford)

A range of exhibitors will be at the events to give out information about specialist Early Years products and services.

Additional high profile speakers will also be attending the member events in Scotland and Wales. An official from the Scottish Government will present the results of the recent Blueprint consultation while Ann Sorley and Laura Wylie from SSSC will give information about key changes to codes of practice and fitness to practice. 

The dates for these are:

22 March, Scotland (Edinburgh)
4 April, Wales (Cwmbran)

The events usually start from 1pm for registration and networking, with presentations from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.
Booking is now open for the spring events. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact the NDNA membership team on bookings@ndna.org.uk or call on 01484 40 70 70 to reserve a place.

Further member events take place in autumn across the south of England and in Wales and Scotland.