NDNA supports the launch of National Practitioner day

Nursery workers and practitioners are to be celebrated and thanked on 17 October as part of National Practitioner Day.

The Co-Operative Childcare staff

Our members, The Co-operative Childcare, have recognised how much nurseries are relied upon and want to shine a light on the brilliant work carried out in nurseries every day. 

The celebratory day hopes to help highlight an industry-wide shortage of nursery workers. Our Workforce Survey 2018 revealed that 86% of respondents have had staff leave in the last 12 months and 69% of Level 3 leavers were moving out of early years because they had lost passion for working in the sector due to policy changes, it is now more important than ever to recognise the hard working and passionate people looking after our children.   

The Co-operative Childcare are encouraging other nursery providers to take part and celebrate their workers and hopefully help combat the growing national shortage of workers. 

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “The National Nursery Practitioner Day is a wonderful idea to celebrate and raise awareness of the fantastic work early years staff do across the country.

“Staff in the early years sector don’t just care for children, they educate them. They do not get enough recognition for the stellar role they play in the lives of young children and their families every day. They deserve to feel appreciated and they help demonstrate that it’s a worthwhile career for people to consider. 

“Early years professionals have the skills and a genuine interest in each individual child’s well-being, development and play, this needs to be recognised. 

“This is a great way to celebrate our sector and demonstrate just how important those that work in it are.” 

Rachael Escott, Sales & Marketing Manager at The Co-operative Childcare, said: “Just as teachers do, nursery practitioners shape the minds of the future and have a massive impact on the children they inspire and educate every single day. 

"Nursery workers just aren’t getting the level of recognition they should considering the important role they play.”

NDNA does a lot to support nursery practitioners and our members from online training courses to My NDNA, an online support tool offering a wide range of support materials and resources.