I am a parent

When you choose a nursery for your child, you want to be sure you’re making the right choice.

You need to feel that it’s well-organised and safe, cooks fresh, nutritious meals and genuinely cares about each and every child in its care.

If your child is settled, having fun and learning important new skills, as well as learning how to socialise with other children, you can relax and get on with your day, confident that they’re in good hands. 

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 You’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ section. It’s regularly updated with issues our members are facing now.

How a nursery can help your child to develop

Studies have shown that children who attend nurseries are more confident, as they socialise with other children from an early age and also go on to do better at school.

Great nurseries work hard to help your child have a great start in life. They will guide and support your child through their first steps into literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. 

The ‘key person approach' gives your child one main carer who helps them feel safe, secure and ready to learn and understand about the world around them. Plus you’ll have one key person who understands your child, and can tell you all about their progress each day.

As a parent, what will I get from NDNA?

Using this website and through our free myNDNA community, you’ll find a wealth of information on how you can help your child to develop.

• Get involved in campaigns such as Healthy Body, Happy Me, all about giving children the energy for play, learning and fun  
• Free factsheets to encourage your child to have good habits from a young age, e.g. dental hygiene 
• Get advice on what you should expect from a great nursery 
• Take part in our Nursery Awards, as voted for by parents, and tell us why you think your nursery deserves special recognition.

NDNA Nursery Awards - the parent's choice


The 2015 awards were presented at a special ceremony on 11 June 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry where we celebrated the fantastic work and care that nurseries and practitioners provide.

We will be launching the next awards in 2016, with details to be announced shortly. 

Read about our 2015 winners 

FREE myNDNA community!

When you join myNDNA, our early years community, you’ll receive:

• free online training courses
• more free factsheets 
• a regular email newsletter sent to you every two weeks 
• access to our full programme of up-to-the-minute training, factsheets and publications
• your personal log-in to myNDNA, where you'll find the latest advice, articles, news and events

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Leah Smith, parent of children attending First Steps Day Nursery in Basildon

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