Latest childcare and early years news

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

Provider Costs Templates too simplistic, says NDNA

27 March 2018

NDNA has criticised the Department for Education’s template to analyse providers’ costs as being “too simplistic”.  Read more  

 Treasury Select Committee recommends a higher hourly rate for 30 hours

26 March 2018
Nicky Morgan

The Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into funded childcare has published its report which recommends the government pay a higher hourly rate to providers for funded childcare.  Read more

DfE reveals the delivery support fund grants to local authorities

21 March 2018
The Department for Education has revealed its list of grants for the 30 hours delivery support fund which Local Authorities could bid for late last year.  Read more

Workforce strategy “a priority” says Minister

15 March 2018

Nadhim Zahawi, Children and Families Minister, told the Education Select Committee that the workforce strategy was “certainly a priority” and spoke about the importance of intervention in early years.  Read more


Childcare Voucher scheme extended

14 March 2018

Following a three-hour debate in Parliament on Tuesday, the employer-supported childcare vouchers scheme will remain open to new entrants for a further six months.  Read more


EPI report echoes NDNA's workforce survey

14 March 201

The Education Policy Institute has just published its early years workforce report which confirms findings in NDNA's own workforce survey report.  Read more


Response to Chancellor’s Spring Statement

The Chancellor gave his Spring Statement in Parliament which included bringing forward the next rates revaluation from 2022 to 2021.  Read more


Nadhim Zahawi responds to Parliamentary Question regarding NDNA survey

13 March 2018

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has responded to a Parliamentary Question about whether he planned to revise the government’s Workforce Strategy as a result of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)’s workforce survey results.  Read more

Ofsted Bold Beginnings report – Chief Inspector says was “misrepresented”

08 March 2018
Ofsted logo
Practitioners will not be legally obliged to report suspected child abuse or neglect, because there is no evidence this will make children safer. Read more

Government agrees with NDNA and rejects mandatory reporting for suspected child abuse 

07 March 2018
Child holding love heart
Practitioners will not be legally obliged to report suspected child abuse or neglect, because there is no evidence this will make children safer.  Read more

Scottish minister visits Highlands network chair’s nursery for Apprenticeship Week

7 March 2018
Maree Todd at Ankerville Nursery

Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd visited Ankerville Nursery in Alness Monday 5 March on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship  Week. Read more  

FACT report claims cost of childcare has increased by 7%

28 February 2018

The Family and Childcare Trust has revealed its annual report today from their 2018 Childcare Survey. The results show an increase of 7% since last year. Read more 

NDNA response to AM report on Flying Start

23 February 2018

Flying Start, the flagship policy introduced in Wales is excluding two-thirds of the poorest children, a report has revealed.  Read more

Call for Scottish nurseries to open longer

22 February 2018
New research showed that nine out of ten Scottish council-run nurseries are not open for long enough for working parents.  Read more


Parents should register this month for a summer 30 hours place

12 February 2018

Parents with children who will be aged three by the summer term should register for a 30 hours funded place by end of February.Read more

Government announces extension to two-year-old scheme

08 February 2018
Nadhim Zahawi
In light of the rollout of national Universal Credit, the government have announced it will support more disadvantaged two-year-olds to receive free early years education.  Read more

NDNA response to first session of Treasury Select Committee childcare inquiry

01 February 2018

The first evidence was submitted yesterday in Parliament (31 Jan) to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into childcare.  Read more

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