Childcare & early years news

January - May 2017

SNP pledge on early learning and childcare

30 May 2017

NDNA has responded to  responds to SNP's manifesto pledge on early learning and childcare.  Read more

NDNA responds to Labour universal childcare pledge

30 May 2017

NDNA responds to Labour's claims that its universal childcare plans will benefit 1.3 million extra children.  Read more

NDNA responds to UKIP manifesto launch

25 May 2017

UKIP launched its manifesto today, featuring plans to open up childcare to unregulated providers. Read more

Greens promise universal free childcare

22 May 2017

The Green Party launched its manifesto today (22 May) promising free universal childcare for all.  Read more


NDNA responds to Conservative Party manifesto pledges including capital funding for school nurseries

18 May 2017

The Conservatives have launched their election manifesto with plans for capital funding for school nurseries and taking inspiration from childcare in other countries.  Read more


Liberal Democrats pledge to extend funded childcare

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto pledging to extend 15 hours of funded childcare to all two-year-olds with ambitious longer-term commitments.  Read more


Labour pledge free childcare for two to four year olds

16 May 2017

Labour has launched its manifesto today and is pledging to extend 30 ‘free’ hours to all two year olds.  Read more


Plaid Cymru manifesto promises free childcare from age 3

16 May 2017

Political party Plaid Cymru launched it election manifesto today, promising free childcare for all children from aged three.  Read more


Give your views on Level 3 apprenticeship standards

26 April 2017

The newly-formed Early Years Trailblazer group is asking for your views to shape the development of the EYE level 3 apprenticeship standards.  Read more


New 30 hours guidance increases burden on nurseries

25 April 2017

The DfE has published its latest operational guidance for delivering 30 hours - but it increases the burden on nurseries and offers little clarity on business models, say NDNA's Claire Schofield.  Read more


General election - chance to get 30 hours right

18 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May announces her intention to hold a snap election on 8 June - NDNA says this is a chance to get the 30 hours free childcare policy right.  Read more


England survey results achieves extensive media coverage

18 April 2017

One in five nurseries won't offer 30 hours putting the 30 hours promise in danger - we call on Government to invest more or rethink policy.  Read more


Government should address challenges first on 30 hours

3 April 2017

Childcare Minister Caroline Dinenage has announced that places on pilots for 30 funded hours have already exceeded expectations.  Read more


NDNA response to Mark McDonald MSP's Early Years Blueprint announcements today

23 March 2017

NDNA has welcomed today's early years and childcare announcements in Scotland - but says that the right funding will be the key to its success. Read more


Tax-free childcare goes live from 28 April

22 March 2017

The Government has announced that the first beneficiaries of tax-free childcare will be parents of two-year-olds from 28 April.  Read more


Scottish Government to invest £50m so staff earn Living Wage

20 March 2017

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an injection of £50 million into their free childcare policy by 2020.  Read more


Dubai event a big success

14 March 2017

NDNA International held a successful event this week in Dubai with nurseries from United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain attending.  Read more


Budget: Government priorities pubs over childcare businesses

8 March 2017

We are extremely disappointed that the Chancellor chose to ignore the plight of nurseries in his Budget speech today, instead supporting local pubs.  Read more


NDNA says Department for Education must rethink unworkable Model Agreement before time runs out to make 30 hours a success

3 March 2017
NDNA today voiced the sector’s disappointment with the Department for Education’s failure to formalise nurseries’ ability to make mandatory charges for extras such as food to help cover the true cost of 30 hours.

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NDNA delighted at Minister’s announcement on return of functional skills option for childcare students

3 March 2017 

The Minister’s long-awaited decision to broaden nursery practitioners’ stringent qualifications requirements will help ease the sector’s recruitment crisis, says NDNA.

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Government must revisit 30 hours before it's too late to make it a success, says NDNA

2 March 2017

NDNA has responded to today's Childcare Survey from the Family and Childcare Trust   Read more


One fifth of providers won't provide 30 hours: DfE survey

27 February 2017

According to latest figures released by the DfE, only 63% of group providers plan to offer 30 hours.  Read more


Disappointment at dismissal of EY Trailblazer Group

20 February 2017

NDNA is very disappointed that the Early Years Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has been dismissed by the Government.  Read more


Minister says nurseries "should charge for extras" 

15 February 2017

Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage was reported as telling nursery owners that they must charge parents for extras to remain viable while delivering 30 free hours.  Read more


Our annual nursery survey attracts more responses than ever before

8 February 2017

More than 1100 nurseries have now responded to the survey, which has run for a month in England, Scotland and Wales.   Read more


Mumsnet features Millie's Mark as guest campaign

7 February 2017

Mumsnet is featuring Millie's Mark as its guest campaign this week!  Read more

Scrap universal funded childcare, says Institute of Economic Affairs 

6 February 2017

A think-tank is urging the Government to “get the state out of pre-school and childcare”.  Read more


BBC Radio You and Yours - Purnima and member nursery speak about funding

1 February 2017

NDNA's Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE and member nursery in York Little Green Rascals gave their views on funding on today's You and Yours consumer programme on BBC Radio 2 (Wednesday 1st February).  Read more


 Great response to Annual Nursery Survey - have you filled yours in yet?

24 January 2017

More than 400 nurseries have already given NDNA their views in our biggest and most crucial Annual Nursery Survey yet - two weeks still to go before the deadline.  Read more


Scottish early learning and childcare can only be transformed with sufficient investment

11 January 2017

Have your sayScotland’s ambitious plans for transforming early learning and childcare can only work with adequate investment, says National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

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Call to nursery sector to give crucial evidence in NDNA’s biggest survey

9 January 2017

Have your sayNDNA which launches its Annual Nursery Survey today urges the whole sector to give their views and data.  

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Merry Christmas and happy new year from everyone at NDNA!

22 December 2016

We hope you have a lovely break filled with friends, family and fabulous food - and come back to work in January refreshed and recharged.

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Purnima's Review of the Year 2016

15 December 2016

It’s all change … yet no change. As the year ends, NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku examines where we’re at with 30 hours and what will happen next in her Huffington Post  blog, also published at myNDNA, our free community for childcare workers.

Congratulations to NMT awards winners 2016

30 November 2016

Congratulations to all the NMT Nursery Awards winners, most of whom are NDNA members!