Latest childcare and early years news


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
Petition
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
NMT

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
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
FACT
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
FSB
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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