Latest childcare and early years news


NDNA responds to NAO re supporting disadvantaged families

20 September 2019
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The National Audit Office (NAO) has announced it is looking into how funded childcare supports disadvantaged families and NDNA has been approached to provide evidence for this study. Read more

Nick Gibb takes on responsibility of early years

12 September 2019
Nick Gibb

Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb will take on policy for early education and childcare. Read more                   

Academic study into gender imbalance in early years

09 September 2019
male practitioner with child

Currently in the UK it is estimated that only 3% of the early years workforce is male. We know the value of diversity in the workforce but also that there are challenges and barriers to recruiting the right staff. Read more                  

Government review into supporting children with SEND

06 September 2019
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The Education Minister has launched a review today (6 September) to improve support for children with additional needs. Read more                 

Chancellor announces additional £66m EY funding

04 September 2019
Sajid Javid - Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid MP today announced his one-year Spending Review, outlining the priorities for the UK’s first year outside the EU. Read more                

Proposed plans to increase starting salaries for teachers 

02 September 2019
Gavin Williamson - Secretary of State for Education
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced plans for new teacher salaries to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23. Read more               

Tax Free Childcare glitch

27 August 2019
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Last week, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) experienced a technical glitch leaving nursery providers unable to identify parent’s transactions as payment reference numbers were incomplete. Read more              

Angus Council supports private providers to help meet childcare offer pledge

27 August 2019
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Private and voluntary sector nurseries in Angus have been successful in bidding for grants to help the area meet a pledge to increase early learning and childcare provision from 600 to 1140 hours in August 2020. Read more             

NDNA respond to C4’s Train Your Baby Like a Dog 

27 August 2019
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Channel 4 caused controversy last week when they aired their latest pilot programme Train Your Baby Like a Dog. Read more              

Childcare Voucher survey reveals true impact of scheme closure

23 August 2019
Childcare Vouchers Providers Association
The Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) has revealed the negative impact caused since closing the Childcare Voucher scheme in 2018. Read more            

Scottish Government report reveals ELC expansion behind schedule according to Lib Dems

19 August 2019
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The Scottish Liberal Democrats highlighted a Scottish Government report revealing that expansion of 1140 hours is falling behind schedule. Read more           

Letter to the Chancellor about funding crisis

12 August 2019

NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE has written to the Chancellor ahead of the September spending review which was announced last week. Read more