Careers at NDNA

If you want to play your part in the future of the childcare sector, then come and work for NDNA! 

NDNA is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and is actively opposed to discrimination in society.

Don’t see the vacancy you’re looking for?

Email us with your most recent CV and tell us what you’re looking for in your next career move.

We’ll get in touch if any suitable roles come up and keep your details on file for six months.

National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity and membership association specifically for nurseries. We work in partnership with nurseries, local authorities, national government and a range of partners to develop an environment in which early learning and care can flourish.

NDNA colleagues are caring, committed, passionate and honest and like to have fun in their jobs. In return for your talent, energy and dedication, NDNA offers fantastic career opportunities and a range of support and benefits, including: 

  • 23 days holiday (extra days awarded for length of service) plus bank holidays 
  • Salary sacrifice pension scheme (6% employer contribution with 3% from employee) 
  • Access to a range of other benefits including a corporate paid healthcare cash plan
  • Head office based staff enjoy free car parking at our pleasant out-of-town offices and free tea, coffee and fruit
  • Home-based staff benefit from a monthly broadband allowance and a contribution towards office equipment.

To apply e-mail your CV and covering letter to Please indicate if there are any dates you are unavailable in your covering letter.

Networks Development Officer

Location: Head Office
Type: Full time
Deadline: Tuesday 20 March 2018

NDNA networks are groups of NDNA member nursery owners and managers that come together on a regular basis to support one another and discuss topics that have an impact on their provision. Together, they create ‘one voice’ with which they can communicate with their local authority and influence change. The main purpose of this post is to grow the number of successful NDNA networks across the UK from which we can gather local intelligence to be highlighted at Government level, where necessary. 

The role will include:
  • Provide support to ensure the effective function of NDNA networks including assistance with set up, relaunches, administration, attendance, management of network finances and meetings including support with agendas, ensuring compliance with network guidance and data protection regulations
  • Deliver a variety of activities and events including recruitment drives, to support network officers and grow NDNA networks
  • Support the National Membership Manager to manage relationships between network officers, network members and NDNA
  • Gather intelligence from NDNA networks, providing regular insight and reports to colleagues
  • Represent NDNA at our events and network meetings, external conferences and events as required. 

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to ​​

Download the full job description below:

Qualified early years trainers: Scotland

NDNA currently require qualified early years trainers across Scotland to deliver training and/or undertake ‘Preparing for your Inspection’ visits and ‘Business Support’ work within early years settings. 

We are looking for anyone with knowledge of some or all of the following:

Delivering training role:

  • Experience in the early years sector
  • Hold a relevant training qualification
  • Experience of delivering training to groups
  • Evidence of CPD
Carrying out ‘Preparing for your inspection’ and/or ‘Business support’:

  • Knowledge of the Early Learning and Childcare Inspection process in Scotland/The Care Inspectorate/Education Scotland
  • Past or current experience of managing a setting graded "excellent" or "very good"
  • Experience of ‘Business Support’ either for settings or within a Local Authority
  • Experience delivering quality assurance schemes for settings

You would be required to be self-employed as an associate of NDNA and work a variety of days and times if available.  This role is possible to fit around other training delivery/support roles.

Associates are required to have their own projector and insurance. We cannot guarantee any minimum volume of work, but all trainers’ details will be included on our database.

For further information please contact

Apprentice Vacancies

Start earning. Keep learning.

Our apprenticeship programme gives you the chance to do both. As a full-time employee, you’ll spend 20% of your time working towards your apprenticeship accreditation and the rest with your team, doing a real job, and gaining practical experience in your chosen field.

It’s a powerful combination that will propel your career forwards as you become a certified professional. Plenty of ambition, bags of initiative and an eagerness to learn. That’s what we’ll be looking for in you. Plus, of course, a demonstrable interest in the work we do. But most important will be your proactive attitude. We can teach you all you need to know about the job but it’ll be your own enthusiasm and commitment that determine how fast you progress, and develop the skills you need for a bright future ahead.

No current apprentice vacancies at this time. 

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