“Thanks for the ‘preparing for nursery inspection’ visit and delivering such positive feedback. ‘Fresh eyes’ and impartial feedback are good foundations to build upon.”
Margaret Taylor, Meadows Day Nursery



Case study: Shiplake Village Nursery

After a previous Ofsted inspection outcome of ‘inadequate’, Shiplake Village Nursery were keen to ensure that their imminent (next) Ofsted inspection would go as smoothly as possible. 

Three months later and with the help of NDNA’s Preparing for your Inspection support service, Shiplake Village was awarded a grading of ’Good’.

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When you’re looking to set up a new nursery, or you’re developing an established one, make sure you benefit from our experience and expert advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and make it a successful, healthy and sustainable business. 

Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of nurseries to start strong and stay strong; the advice and information you’ll get from NDNA is founded on real experience and practical solutions.

Starting a nursery consultancy


NDNA can provide expert advice to people setting up a nursery. This advice can cover the following:

  • Business plan scrutiny
  • Review of all policies and procedures
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Review of room layout and outdoor environment
  • Pre-Ofsted visit actions.

Our consultancy service includes a report with actions and suggestions. We will highlight strengths and weaknesses, giving you the confidence that your nursery will start on the best footing.

Prices:

  Full Day  Half day
NDNA Member   £972  £602
Non-member  £1,215  £753.50

Contact the training team on 01484 40 70 70 or email training@ndna.org.uk for more information and to book. 

Preparing for your Inspection


Preparing for an inspection can be a stressful time. Your rating will be with you for the next few years, so make sure it’s the one you deserve.

Our Ofsted support can help you to prepare for an inspection, to complete a strong Self Evaluation Form and to plan your next steps following your inspection visit.

Read more about our 'Preparing for Your Inspection' support.

To book, please call us on 01484 40 70 70 or send us an email - just click the button below and select 'Training' from the dropdown box.

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Get help from business experts


We offer our members a range of publications and support tools to help you with everything from finance, marketing and sales to business planning, expansion and management.


We also offer free member help and advice on starting a nursery, and our free member factsheets are invaluable.

Here's just a flavour of what's covered in our free factsheets:

  • Administering medication to children
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Choking
  • Door safety
  • EYFS Guidance: children thinking mathematically
  • EYFS Guidance: confident, capable and creative
  • EYFS Guidance: Inclusion development programme
  • EYFS guidance: Parents as partners

Take a look at the full list of factsheets to find the ones that can help you.

If you'd like to see our full range of expert training: online, face to face and our publications, visit our shop.

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