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More Great Childcare – time to make your voice heard

22 February - National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is consulting members to find out sector views on More Great Childcare. The early years charity has launched an online survey, which is open until 15 March, and will be holding two face-to-face consultation events for members in London on 4 March and in Bolton on 12 March.

Early years minister Elizabeth Truss MP is due to attend the London consultation event. She will speak and then take questions from members.

NDNA Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE said: “It is important that as a sector we take the time to reflect on the proposals in More Great Childcare. Changes to adult:child ratios have been hitting the headlines and both parents and many in the early years sector have voiced opposition to the proposed changes. Whilst the issue of ratios is very important it is vital that we also consider the full report, which includes proposals to introduce Early Years Teachers and Early Years Educators, change Ofsted regulation, introduce childminder agencies and encourage schools to offer places to under threes.

“We will be using results from the member consultation events and online survey to respond to the DfE consultation 'Early education and staff deployment' and to advise and inform the government on the full range of issues brought up by the proposals. We are pleased that Elizabeth Truss MP is attending our consultation event in London, as it will offer the opportunity for her to hear the opinion of those working on the frontline in childcare.

“More Great Childcare represents a time of change for early years. As a sector we must make our views heard, whether this is through meeting with MPs, responding to surveys or petitions or engaging with the media.”

You can respond to NDNA’s More Great Childcare Survey at: www.ndna.org.uk/childcaresurvey

The consultation events are for NDNA members only. The London event is on Monday 4 March 2013 at the Institute for Education, and the Bolton event is on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at De Vere Whites at the Reebok Stadium. Further information about both events can be found at www.ndna.org.uk/consultation-event

NDNA has produced a free factsheet for member nurseries summarising More Great Childcare proposals, this is available at: www.ndna.org.uk/member-factsheets

Information for parents is available at: www.ndna.org.uk/childcareproposals

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Notes to editors:

  • For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Kathy Burke, PR and Policy Officer on T: 01484 40 70 66 M:07718 803652 E: Kathy.burke@ndna.org.uk
  • National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity representing children’s nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. NDNA is the voice of the sector, an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families.