NDNA’s Early Years Advisers

NDNA’s Early Years Advisers all have many years of in-depth experience in early years practice, and keep abreast of new childcare developments and research, which puts them in the best position to give advice and support to our members on all kinds of childcare issues, and to promote the highest quality standards.

Fiona Bland

Fiona has over 20 years of experience (both nationally and internationally) in the early years sector, beginning her career as a key person progressing on to leadership and management roles. She has a BA (Hons) and EYP status, and has completed the Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) to support her work with adult learners. Fiona has also worked as a freelance Ofsted inspector.

Before joining NDNA in 2011 Fiona worked for the British Council in Hong Kong, developing English language programmes for Chinese children aged from 2 to 8 years and also developed teacher training programmes for early years teachers. Fiona is leading on NDNA's Quality Counts programme.

Paula DunnPaula Dunn

Starting out in the early year’s sector in 2004, Paula was involved in the establishment of Sure Start Local programmes, supporting the set-up of neighbourhood nurseries alongside developing and delivering a range of early years play and learning activities for children and families. She then progressed onto the development and support of crèche provision linked to family learning. 

Since then Paula has had a long standing role as a Local Authority Early Years Advisor. 

She has a BA hons and Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies and EYP status. Paula is our Math’s Champions early years adviser.

Sue AsquithSue Asquith

Sue’s experience in the early years sector began in 1998 as a registered childminder (graded Ofsted Outstanding twice). She progressed on to being a mentor, lead childminder affiliated with local children centres and an early lead language practitioner. In addition to a BA (Hons) in Early Years, she has a Level 4 Certificate in Further Education and A1 Assessor’s Award.

Sue has worked on Department for Education projects with charities such as PACEY, ICAN, Communication Trust and our NDNA Champions Programmes. She has been an associate NDNA consultant since 2012, delivering training courses and assessing Quality Counts across the UK and internationally. Sue also mentors and assesses on our Millie’s Mark Award, her book, Self-Regulation Skills in Young Children is due out in April 2020. Sue is our NDNA International early years adviser.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find out all you need to know about nurseries in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), collated from questions we get asked by our members and their parents, and updated regularly.

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