UK 2016 Knowledge Hub Archive

Problems with signing up to Tax Free Childcare?

09 November 2016
Due to a number of calls from members regarding difficulties in signing up to Tax Free Childcare we have been in touch with HMRC who have answered your questions regarding problems concerning letters and have provided a point of contact to help you signing up.

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Update on future of the European School Milk Scheme

08 November 2016

The School and Nursery Milk Alliance has met with officials within Defra to discuss the future of the European School Milk Scheme. Find out more below.

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NDNA is fighting your corner on business rates

13 October 2016

Revaluation information and support: Most nurseries across the UK will see their business rates rise from April 2017, following a business rate revaluation by the Valuation Office Agency.

Read our questions and answers

National Minimum Wage Employer Toolkit

11 October 2016
Her Majesty’s Government has produced a National Minimum Wage (NMW) toolkit to ensure all employers are fully informed about the changes to NMW.

Download NMW Toolkit

Button batteries and serious risk to children

11 October 2016

The Child Accident Prevention Trust have released information on how to prevent danger to children caused by swallowing button batteries, commonly found in children's toys.

Read more and  Inform your nursery's parents

Nurseries must re-register for the Department of Health's Nursery Milk Scheme

8 September 2016

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From 26th September, the company operating the Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit will change and all childcare settings who wish to continue receiving free nursery milk will need to re-register with the scheme.

Read the letter

Rating Revaluation 2017

6 September 2016

Child with money box
A business rates revaluation will take place in 2017 across England, Scotland and Wales. These new rates are likely to apply for a five year period starting on 1st April 2017.

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Pokémon Go: a parent's guide

11 August 2016

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You'll probably of heard of the new craze, a game called Pokémon Go. It uses "augmented reality" and makes it look like Pokémon appear in real life places by using the GPS and camera on your phone.
NSPCC has created a handy parents guide, as although the game is for fun, it can pose a risk too.  View the guide 

Drone guidance

4 August 2016
DroneThere has been a recent report of a drone being flown over a nursery. 
If you have any concerns 
about the use of drones over your setting you must report it to your local police on 101. Drones should never be flown within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building and if flown over a building permissions should be first sought from the owner. 

Find out more on the Civil Aviation Authority website

Tax-Free Childcare update

3 August 2016

Childcare providers will soon receive information from the government on the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme, and must sign up to take part.

Read the top five things you need to know

NHS - Requirement to remove socket inserts

27 July 2016

The NHS has advised that plastic 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence. Any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of.

Find out more from Citation Ltd


Got a query about DBS?

06 July 2016 

Got a query about DBS? The website has a full section of FAQs to support you in understanding the process of criminal record checks. 

View the FAQs 

New NSPCC report on child protection data

05 July 2016
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The NSPCC has just published their latest report analysing up-to-date child protection data from across the four nations in the UK.

View the report or presentation

PRS for music and PPL licenses introduce joint license for early years settings from 1 September 2016

10 June 2016

In most instances of recorded music being played in public, a music licence is required from both PRS for music and PPL. PPL collects and distributes licence fees for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers, while PRS for Music collects and distributes for the use of musical compositions and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers. With the introduction of the joint licence on 1 September early years settings should find the process much simpler! 

View our music licence factsheet

Coroner's inquest: Jelly choking hazard

7 April 2016

jelly cubes
Following a recent Coroner's inquest, child care providers have been advised to be aware of the potential hazard of using raw jelly cubes for sensory play.

The inquest identified the potential choking hazard to young children especially in unsupervised play. NDNA are developing further guidance and support regarding this which will be sent out to all NDNA members. 

For more information about the inquest please contact Westminster Coroners Court.

The Childcare Act 2016

March 2016
The Childcare Act 2016

The Childcare Bill received royal assent in March 2016 and has now passed into law to become the Childcare Act 2016.

View The Childcare Act 2016

Child abuse whistleblowing helpline launched

17 February 2016

A new national whistleblowing helpline has been launched that Nursery workers who are worried about abuse in their settings can call. 

Early Years Consultant Jo Baranek says: "It is good to see a dedicated national whistleblowing helpline launched to support those who want to report abuse in their nursery but do not feel able to follow the setting's normal procedures. They will now have special legal protection under employment law if they do feel the need to use this helpline.

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All Party Group launches anti-obesity strategy ahead of government blueprint

27 January
Toddler running in park
The All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has launched its own prescription for the health and wellbeing of the nation, ahead of the publication of the Government’s much-anticipated National Obesity Framework. 

View the report

Nicky Morgan announces new measures to protect children from extremism

19 January

Parents and teachers will be able to access help to protect children from radical views via a landmark new website offering advice on preventing extremism, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced today as part of a drive to protect children from the “spell of twisted ideologies”.

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NDNA free Flooding Advice Sheet

7 January 2016

Download this free NDNA flooding advice sheet, business flood plan and business flood preparation checklist.

Download the free advice sheets

New Change4Life healthy eating campaign

4 January 2016

Change4Life’s new healthy eating campaign launched on 4 January, is a useful resource to share with parents and for use at your setting.

It focuses on the new sugar guidelines and provides knowledge and tools to cut down on sugar. A new app will help users to visualise the sugar lurking in foods. Recipes and ideas for healthy swaps are also available online to help take control of the sugar in a children’s diets. 

Find out more

Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work.

Here are ten things parents should know about the scheme


November DBS newsletter

The latest DBS newsletter includes a selection of useful information including:

Revised DBS code of practice launched 
DBS check delays at the metropolitan police
Pilot scheme introduced to access criminal record information for the EU
New counter extremism strategy proposing measures to automatically bar convicted terrorists from working with children and vulnerable people.

View the newsletter

New free online course available in protecting Children from Child sexual exploitation

Parents against child sexual exploitation (PACE) and Safeguarding Children e-Academy have launched a free online course 'Keep them safe: Protecting children from child sexual exploitation' to inform on understanding child exploitation, spotting the signs and how to report any concerns.The course lasts around 20-30 minutes and can be accessed here.

Looking at starting out or developing your career in early years?

This Department for Education Early Years Qualifications List outlines requirements and development for England, Wales and Scotland EYFS staff from Level 2, to Foundation and Masters degrees and overseas learning.

View the Early Years Qualifications List

Member Policies and Procedures

Click here to go straight to our Policies and Procedures, which are free to our full nursery members.

Free resources to promote excellence

Department for Education logoOver the last few years, NDNA have been working alongside The Department for Education to create and deliver free resources to promote excellence in early education and childcare, enabling all children to achieve success.

Free resources for business enterprise and leadership including online training, factsheets and toolkit
How early years providers and schools successfully work together to ensure best outcomes for children
Lots of case studies about deploying graduates
Become a Maths Champion
Become a Literacy Champion
Become a SEND Champion
Paediatric First Aid - case studies, a manager's guide and audit toolkit