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.

Funding Manager

Location: Head Office/ Home Based
Type: Part-time, 22.5 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 12 January 2017

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 develops and leads 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.

The role will include:
  • Develop a fundraising and income generation strategy which maximises income to support our work and cultivates external relationships
  • Lead and implement the fundraising strategy to remove reliance on Government funding
  • Manage the process of identifying, researching and cultivating relationships with potential funders or collaborative partners
  • In conjunction with Directors, lead on the development and submission of strategic/national tenders for project work
  • Keep abreast of Government initiatives and policy statements affecting NDNA’s work in order to be able to play a lead role in bidding for external funding that fits with national policy, strategy and members’ needs.

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

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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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