Careers at NDNA

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

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: 

  • 25 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.

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Childcare Works Project Manager

Job Title:
Childcare Works Project Manager
Location: NDNA Cymru office, Ruthin, Denbighshire
Hours: Full Time (37 hours per week) 
Contract: Temporary until 18 December 2020
Salary: £32,000
Closing date: Monday 28 January 2019

Interviews will be held in the NDNA Cymru office on Friday 1 February 2019

This management post forms a crucial role for NDNA Cymru and is key to the successful achievement of NDNA’s Childcare Works project.

NDNA Childcare Works Phase 2 project is fully funded by the Welsh Government until December 2020 and follows the success of our previous supported employment programmes. 

This project will be delivered in ten local authorities throughout Wales during the period April 2019 to November 2020.

The project will provide supported employment to 84 participants aged 25+, providing them with a range of transferable skills and knowledge to enable them to secure future employment, training or an apprenticeship in the early years and childcare sector.

The post holder will provide comprehensive project management to support the organisation, holding responsibility to:

  • Exceed outcomes
  • Manage the project team
  • Work with external partners and consultants, other managers and key staff to ensure agreed contractual targets are fully met.

The post holder will manage this project, ensuring achievement of agreed outputs and outcomes whilst identifying potential opportunities to further develop and grow the organisation in Wales.

Download a bilingual Childcare Works information sheet and job description below. 

Funding & Contract Manager / Trainee Funding & Contract Manager

Job Title:
Funding & Contract Manager
Location: Head Office, Huddersfield
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £33,000 - £36,500 depending upon experience
Closing date: Friday 25 January 2019


Job Title: Trainee Funding & Contract Manager
Location: Head Office, Huddersfield
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary:  £18,000 - £21,000 depending upon experience
Closing date: Friday 25 January 2019

Interviews for this post are scheduled for Thursday 31 January 2019.

The post holder is responsible for identifying and securing external funding opportunities from a range of funding agencies including local and central government and Europe to improve business performance and further develop the charity’s activities in England, Scotland, Wales and oversees.

The post holder supports the external fundraising strategy for the organisation, successfully tendering for funding on behalf of NDNA and in collaboration with key partners, where appropriate, in order to maximise income to support our work.

Download the job descriptions for these roles 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