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 recruitment@ndna.org.uk. Please indicate if there are any dates you are unavailable in your covering letter.

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Commercial Executive

Location: Head Office
Type: Full time
Deadline: Thursday 12 April 2018

The main purpose of this role is to develop and manage current commercial partnership initiatives and identify new income opportunities to support the planned growth of the organisation. Working closely with the Corporate Partnerships Manager, the post holder will liaise with colleagues across the organisation to deliver effective new business activity and manage exiting relationships.

The role will include:
  • Account manage current partners and seek, negotiate and develop new partnerships and commercial agreements that benefit the organisation’s ongoing business development and membership growth targets
  • Source and engage new partnerships whose business aims meet the needs of NDNA members and are consistent with NDNA policy
  • Develop and sell commercial opportunities across a broad range of activities including events, conferences, awards, membership magazine and digital advertising
  • Work closely with the Marketing & Communications Department to develop new, innovative campaigns and partnership ideas. Write and deliver bespoke proposals and project plans to aid the achievement of sales, membership and marketing objectives
  • Ensure contracts with corporate partners, commercial activity and delivery of projects protect NDNA, meet our legal obligations and maximise financial and non-financial return to NDNA.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ndna.org.uk ​​

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 heather.s@ndna.org.uk

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. 

Email recruitment@ndna.org.uk for more information.