See how NDNA is supporting the sector through coronavirus
Free downloadable templates and resources
Access our free resources for owners/managers including:
- Resources for reopening your nursery, from unfurloughing staff to risk assessments
- Template letters including: lobbying MPs, keyworker proof, explaining parent fees and the job retention scheme, and requesting a landlord rent holiday
- Free 'Critical Incident policy' and 'Infection Control Policy' templates
- And much more, from an important phone numbers poster, to using Zoom safely, webinars and tech support sessions.
See coronavirus downloads and resources
Find out more about NDNA membership here for access to the above resources.
We are having regular discussions with Ministers and government officials across England, Scotland and Wales to press for the support childcare providers need. We will keep you updated with any announcements as they come through on our latest news page here.
We have written to both the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Education to address the concerns of the sector.
We have received a letter from Tulip Siddiq MP, Shadow Minister for Early Years, paying tribute to the sector and for NDNA's "tireless efforts to fight for your members and raise the problems they are facing." See letter here.
Gathering evidence for government
We ran a short survey of the sector and will continue to use these findings - along with the experiences you are sharing with us - to lobby for better support to the early years sector as you try to navigate this crisis.
We also supported the Department for Education with a survey for practitioners in England which closed on 25 September 2020.. The results will be released shortly.
We are currently working with the Education Policy Institute on a year-long sector research study 'The COVID-19 pandemic and the early years workforce', results for part one of the study were released on 25 September 2020. See them here.
Supporting vulnerable children and adults
Right now vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated, meaning the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. At the same time, living under the current arrangements may increase pressures that can contribute to abuse and neglect, or allow it to go unseen. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe. The Government has produced guidance on signs of abuse and what to do if there is a concern, to support those who may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. You can download leaflets and posters here and share them with your community.
We are working with other organisations so that your challenges and concerns are heard at every level when planning decisions are being made.
We’ve joined forces with the Early Years Alliance and PACEY to issue a joint call for the Government to take urgent steps to protect the safety and financial sustainability of those working in nurseries and early years. Our key asks are:
- Prioritise those working in early years and childcare for COVID-19 vaccinations
- Roll-out mass asymptomatic testing at all early years and childcare settings
- Reinstate early entitlement funding support for settings that have been forced to close or have seen a fall in the demand for funded places
- Introduce targeted funding for providers reliant on private income that have suffered from falls in parental demand.
This has been covered on BBC news throughout the day and helped to push the fact that early years settings are open but currently facing really challenging times.
Working with Pacey, Early Years Alliance and Early Education, we have written a joint letter which was sent to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Early Years Minister Vicky Ford. We have also pulled together to submit your queries to the Department for Education, the FAQs can be found here.
Working with PACEY, we called on the Chancellor to offer more support urgently to childcare providers and to set up a childcare taskforce made up of providers and their representatives to better co-ordinate this support, read more here.
We worked with Nursery Management Today (NMT) and featured on its webinar about policy pain points during the pandemic. See the recording of it here.
We have also written to the Welsh Government with our Cwlwm partners on a number of issues. See our letters here.
We offer a free legal helpline for NDNA members.
Free support from early years experts and associates
Access myNDNA - our free online community - for a bank of nursery activities and tips to utilise throughout your time as a nursery operating for key worker and vulnerable children here.
Our associates have been creating regular blog posts for the sector, from well-being tips, to tips on supporting distressed parents and working from home.
Free training and factsheets
NDNA members can access free business support webinars with early years experts and download free factsheets on a host of topics from supporting children with transitions to separation anxiety.
Managers/owners and practitioner hubs
We have created two 'hubs' of support for both managers/owners and practitioners/parents with lots of free resources that we have pulled together with our early years experts and partners which may be useful throughout this time.
Keeping you up-to-date
NDNA members receive a regular email update on the latest guidance from government regarding coronavirus / COVID-19 for the sector. Join NDNA here to access this.
We've created a dedicated section all about coronavirus / COVID-19 on our website for all nurseries to access, based on regular queries we are receiving from the sector.
Thanking the sector
We wanted to find a way to share positive messages thanking you and your dedicated staff teams for your unflinching determination to care for children, so their parents can work on the front-line to keep the country going and look after those in hospital. Please look out for and share our #ThankOurNurseries and #ThankOurNurseryWorkers posts on Twitter and Facebook.