Latest childcare and early years news

NDNA joins members presenting evidence to APPG Inquiry

15 November 2018

MPs heard about the huge challenges facing private, voluntary and independent nurseries (PVI) at an APPG inquiry yesterday. Read more  

Education Minister’s £18m for home learning a “drop in the ocean”

14 November 2018
Damian Hinds MP

Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced an £18 investment in projects to support children’s communication skills through home learning. Read more  

NDNA shares social mobility concerns following Nursery World investigation

13 November 2018
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A new Freedom of Information (FOI) investigation by Nursery World has revealed that thousands of the most disadvantaged children are losing out on early education because of Government policy. Read more   

Key concern for 1140 hours is sustainable funding

07 November 2018
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The Scottish Government consultation on the expansion of early learning and childcare to 1140 hours reports the main concern is a sustainable funding rate. Read more  

Underspend on tax-free childcare to be returned to Treasury

06 November 2018
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£600m underspend on the Government’s tax-free childcare (TFC) scheme is to be returned to the Treasury, according to Labour. Read more  

Childcare providers’ survey suggests worrying trends

02 November 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE)’s 2018 providers survey was released yesterday (1 November). The findings have highlighted just how vital the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector is in the delivery of the Governments 30 hours policy. Read more  

NDNA Scotland member experiences and research inform Scottish Parliament debate

1 November 2018
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MSPs from all major parties took part in a lively debate, called by the Conservative group, about the roll-out of the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours policy yesterday (31 October 2018). Read more   

Disappointing Budget ignores early years sector 

29 October 2018
Philip Hammond MP
The 2018 Autumn Budget was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond yesterday. Some of the points of the 2018 budget will have an adverse effect on nurseries. Read more  

Encourage your MSP to attend Scotland debate on early years provision

29 October 2018
Children with hands upA debate will be held on Early Years provision in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 31 October. NDNA Scotland research is quoted in the motion to be debated which will look at the levels of funding to deliver the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours of childcare policy by 2020. Read more  

Early years sector ‘systematically underfunded’ 

29 October 2018
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Ceeda have published new research that states providers are receiving less funding in 2018 than they were five years ago. Read more  

Government’s disappointing response to business rates petition  

25 October 2018
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HM Treasury have responded to the recent business rates petition set up by NDNA member Victoria Whitty calling on Government to scrap business rates for nurseries and make them zero VAT rated. Read more  

OECD finds educational disadvantage starts early

23 October 2018
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A new PISA report released by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has helped to highlight just how vital the right funding is in the early years to help minimise the impact of inequalities in later life. Read more  

NDNA joins forces to call for children to be at heart of spending  

23 October 2018
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NDNA are proud to have signed an open letter, along with over 120 other organisations, accusing the Government of ignoring children in its spending plans. Read more  

New EYFS results published 

18 October 2018
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New EYFS results have been published today revealing some progress but highlighting concerning issues within the early years. Read more  

Scottish Water testing quality in private nurseries

17 October 2018
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The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) will be testing water samples in all private nurseries to ensure the levels of lead in the water are safe. Read more   

NDNA responds to claims that ELC rollout is ‘about to implode’

10 October 2018
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NDNA Scotland has responded to a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party press release [link] claiming the SNP’s childcare expansion is ‘about to implode’. Read more  

Disappointment at Minister’s response to nursery debate

10 October 2018
Nadhim Zahawi
The Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs that there was no evidence for widespread closures. Read more  

NDNA supports the launch of National Practitioner day 

09 October 2018
The Co-Operative Childcare staff
Nursery workers and practitioners are to be celebrated and thanked on 17 October as part of National Practitioner Day. Read more  

Reduction in SEND funding

05 October 2018
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New research released today by Early Education has revealed problems with SEND funding for maintained nursery schools. Read more  

Young children sent to nursery are better behaved

03 October 2018
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Recent research, led by Sorbonne University in France, has revealed that children sent to nursery are better behaved than those looked after by parents or grandparents. Read more  

Fewer quality nurseries in deprived areas, new report states

01 October 2018
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A new report from CEEDA, issued today, has revealed a number of findings. Read more  

Labour's radical childcare plans

26 September 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unveils his ambitious plans for childcare at the Conference in Liverpool later today (Wednesday) Read more   

Shadow Education Secretary plans to reinvent state nurseries

25 September 2018

Angela Rayner MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, told the Labour conference of her plans for a public education service offering free early education for two to four-year-olds and "reinventing our state nurseries". Read more    

Congratulations to Nursery World award winners

24 September 2018

Many congratulations to all those finalists and winners who were named at the Nursery World Awards 2018. Read more    

NDNA Cymru welcomes new Foundation Phase Nursery guidance with some concern

17 September 2018
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The Welsh government have published new guidance to Local Authorities for the delivery of Foundation Phase Nursery for 3 and 4 year olds in Wales. Read more   

Government publishes 30 hours report 

11 September 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE) have published the evaluation report of the first year of the 30 hour childcare policy. Read more  

Most disadvantaged children least likely to take up funded places

10 September 2018
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A report published today by the Department for Education (DfE) concludes that the most disadvantaged children are the least likely to take up a funded place, particularly in London. Read more  

NDNA responds to new sector findings on impact of 30 hours 

04 September 2018
Jonathan Broadbery
A new report revealed that 45% of parents are paying higher fees since the introduction of 30 hours and four in ten providers were potentially facing closure over the next year. Read more  

Congratulations to NMT Scottish Nursery Awards 2018 winners!

04 September 2018
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Well done to all the NMT Scottish Nursery Awards winners and finalists, many of whom were NDNA Scotland members. Read more  

Childcare fees risen three times faster than wages in a decade

03 September 2018
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Trades Union Congress (TUC) have released findings showing working parents of children under five have seen childcare costs rise three times faster than their wages. Read more  

Funded two-year-old places having modest impact on attainment gap

23 August 2018
Early Intervention Foundation
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has released new research showcasing links between take-up of funded places and a child’s progress in the early years, as well as influences on those that do not take up the offer. Read more  

Proposal to bring Millie's Mark to Scotland

23 August 2018
Millie's Mark logoDan Thompson from Millie’s Trust and Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA’s Director of Quality and Training, met with Early Learning and Childcare Health and Wellbeing representatives from the Scottish Government to discuss the possibility of making Millie’s Mark accreditation available to Scottish Early Learning Childcare providers.  Read more  

Save the Children report: shortage of 11,000 nursery teachers

09 August 2018
Save the Children
NDNA has responded to the Save the Children findings published today citing a shortage of nursery teachers, describing it as a ‘wake-up call’ to government. Read more   

30 seconds to support members on business rate relief and VAT

8 August 2018
NDNA is urging everyone to sign this petition to abolish business rates for childcare providers in England. Read more  

Multimillion investment in early years to boost social mobility 

01 August 2018
Damian Hinds
The Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, gave a speech yesterday to the Resolution Foundation about his social mobility ambitions including new funding details. Read more  

Early Years Census

31 July 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE) has produced a guide for local authorities and those early years providers in receipt of government funding to help prepare for the 2019 early years census.  Read more  

Internet safety

30 July 2018
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The Government has recently taken the first steps to establishing a new UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS). Read more  

DfE announces new criteria for Level 2 and new careers pathways

26 July 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to the requirements of Level 2 early years qualifications and comprehensive information regarding early years career pathways. Read more


NDNA declares attainment gap is “totally unacceptable”

25 July 2018
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The Education Policy Institute (EPI) have published their annual report titled Education in England: Annual Report 2018.  Read more   

We respond to the ELC Service Model for 2020 consultation

18 July 2018
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NDNA Scotland has sent its response to the Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020 consultation. Read more  

Campaign Day in Parliament a success

18 July 2018
APPG for Childcare and Early Education
Dozens of nursery owners and managers joined MPs, Lords and sector organisations to discuss the challenges facing childcare providers. Read more  

Holiday childcare challenges 

18 July 2018
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The Family and Childcare Trust (FACT) has released its Holiday Childcare Survey 2018 report. Read more  

Inequality gap increasing: new EYFS profile results published

16 July 2018
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NDNA calls for the government to address the widening inequality attainment gap as the new EYFS profile results are published. Read more

Welsh Government Capital Funding Announcement for Local Authority Settings

13 July 2018
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The Welsh Government has announced a £60 million funding programme to develop new local authority childcare settings.  Read more  

Applications to Ofsted may be delayed

10 July 2018

Applications to Ofsted may be delayed because the organisation is updating its IT systems in July.  Read more  

Welsh minister proposes free childcare from age one

04 July 2018
Huw Irranca-Davies
Huw Irranca-Davies, the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, has announced his ambitious vision to offer free childcare from the age of one in order to help women return to work.  Read more  

NDNA urges government to treat all sectors equally

04 July 2018
Lucy Powell MP
NDNA has published its comments about a campaign to encourage MPs to maintain higher funding rates for nursery schools. Read more

Government scraps “disqualification by association” rule

02 July 2018
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Early years practitioners will no longer have an automatic ban from working with children due to their living arrangements. Read more

MPs table questions in Parliament about NDNA's surveys

26 June 2018
Tracy Brabin MP
Two Labour MPs quizzed the Children and Families Minister about the evidence in NDNA’s annual nursery survey for England and workforce survey.  Read more  

Government dismisses Treasury Select Committee's recommendations 

20 June 2018
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Recommendations made by the Treasury Select Committee (TSC) earlier this year will not be taken up by the Department for Education. Read more 

NDNA receives unprecedented coverage thanks to your efforts

20 June 2018
Thank you to our members and everyone else up and down the country for completing our annual nursery surveys – we have had incredible, unprecedented media coverage this year, prompted by the key concerns you highlighted in your survey responses.  Read more

30 hours: nearly one year on, government must wake up to warning signs

20 June 2018
Purnima Tanuku

Shortfalls in government funding have more than doubled over the past year, leaving cash-strapped nurseries struggling to pay even minimum wages to staff, says National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).  Read more

Childcare Offer for Wales to be rolled out to further counties

19 June 2018
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The Welsh Government’s pilot funded childcare hours programme is to be expanded.  Read more

LSE report: NDNA calls for action to support disadvantaged children 

12 June 2018
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NDNA has called for action from the government to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are not taking up the pre-school funded places they are entitled to. Read more   

Act now or 1140 hours childcare policy is at risk 

11 June 2018
Annual Nursery Survey - Scotland

Confidence has plummeted so low within the early years sector in Scotland that only 30% of private nurseries are likely to offer 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare, according to our NDNA Scotland Annual Nursery Survey. Read more  

Congratulations to Cheryl for NMT’s top award

6 June 2018

NDNA member Cheryl Hadland, founder and managing director of Tops Day Nursery group, was voted the most influential person in childcare 2018.  Read more  

Tribute to Rosemary Murphy OBE, FRSA founder member of NDNA

4 June 2018
Rosemary Murphy OBE FRSA
 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rosemary Murphy, who played a pivotal role in the early years sector and in the development of NDNA. Read more

NDNA respond to Ceeda survey results

30 May 2018

Ceeda have published their survey results which looked at funding and shortfall for 15 hours and the 30 hour ‘free’ childcare scheme. Read more

NDNA responds to academics letter about status of EYTs

22 May 2018

MPs and Ministers have been warned that the early years workforce is at risk.  Read more

NDNA responds to misleading Guardian article

22 May 2018

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) responds... Read more

Minister celebrates NDNA’s Over 50’s Childcare Works programme 

18 May 2018
Huw Irranca-Davies

Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davis celebrated the success of NDNA Cymru’s unique supported employment programme.  Read more  

New SEND support for early years

14 May 2018
Nadhim Zahawi

The DfE has revealed the measures it will take to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in early years.  Read more

NDNA responding to early years life chances inquiry

9 May 2018
Robert Halfon

NDNA is putting together a response to a new inquiry launched by the Education Select Committee into the impact that a child’s early years have on their life chances.  Read more

Scottish funding announcement: money must translate into fair hourly rate

30 April 2018
Scottish Government
The Scottish government has announced they will be investing nearly a billion pounds into the 1140 childcare expansion scheme.  Read more

Purnima joins Lords at Bright Little Stars event

27 April 2018
Purnima Tanuku
NDNA’s CEO Purnima Tanuku OBE was a guest speaker at a House of Lords anniversary event to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Bright Little Stars nursery chain. Read more

NDNA’s Purnima meets with minister

24 April 2018
Nadhim Zahawi and Purnima Tanuku
NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE had a positive meeting with the Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi.  Read more

Early years teachers leaving to teach in schools

23 April 2018
Pacey and Voice the union for education professionals is calling for urgent govt action on pay and status to prevent more leaving the profession.  Read more

Richer families saving more on childcare than poorer ones, says FACT

23 April 2018
The Family and Childcare Trust (FACT) have released a report which calculates figures of how much families are saving with Government childcare policies of 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. It comes before the All-Party Parliamentary group (APPG) on Families in the Early Years meeting.  Read more  

Minister attends positive policy meeting

19 April 2018

Minister for Children and Social Care in Wales, Huw-Irranca-Davies met with NDNA Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE and NDNA Network chairs, to listen and understand the challenges faced by the sector.   Read more  

FSB report calls for support for nurseries

19 April 2018
The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for reform and relief package for struggling childcare providers.  Read more  

Important surveys will run for two more weeks

17 April 2018
NDNA Annual Nursery Survey
NDNA is extending the deadline for filling in the Annual Nursery Surveys until the end of April.  Read more

London Councils offering fewer disadvantaged places

12 April 2018
London Councils LogoA London Councils survey has found that an unintended impact of the 30 hours policy has been a reduction in places for disadvantaged two-year-olds.  Read more

Consultation on changing provider and parent surveys

11 April 2018

Following NDNA’s workforce survey recommendation for the Department for Education to carry out a rigorous assessment of provider costs, it has launched a new consultation.  Read more  

NDNA response to the recent APPG report

06 April 2018

Following a recent APPG report  recommending that the 30 hours free childcare is extended to all UK children... Read more

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