Latest childcare and early years news

Most LAs paying unit cost identified in Scottish Govt Financial Review

11 April 2019
NDNA Scotland logo
Following an FOI request to all Scottish Councils, 11 of the 18 who confirmed their new funding rates will be paying £5.31 for delivering 1140 hours for three and four year olds from August 2020. Read more     

Government must listen to committee recommendations on Universal Credit

11 April 2019
Work and Pensions Committee logo
The Work and Pensions Committee have released a new report following an official Government response to an older Universal Credit report. Read more    

Concerns over Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework

10 April 2019
Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA's Director of Quality and Training
NDNA has responded to Ofsted’s consultation on the education inspection framework. Read more   

Finance report provider costs do not tally

28 March 2019
Frontier Economics logo
The Government has released another provider costs analysis which shows different figures to two previous reports and concludes that more than half of PVI providers are only breaking even or making a loss. Read more   

Scottish providers can advertise jobs for free 

19 March 2019
myjobscotland logo
All Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) providers, who are registered with the Care Inspectorate, can now post their job advertisements on the myjobscotland website. Read more  

NDNA members raise concerns about Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework Consultation

14 March 2019

NDNA members have been using NDNA's Spring member events to raise issues about Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework Consultation. Read more   

Women in education paid quarter less than men

06 March 2019
Trades Union Congress logo
The gender pay gap means women effectively work for free for more than two months of year, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Read more  

Research into Childcare Costs Needs to be More Robust

01 March 2019
Department for Education logo
The Department for Education (DfE) has published more research by Frontier Economics into the cost of delivering childcare across the sector. Read more  

Minister announces additional £24 million for nursery schools

28 February 2019

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi this morning announced he would give nursery schools in England an additional £24 million "supplementary funding" for the summer term 2020. Read more  

Rising childcare costs locking some parents out of work 

27 February 2019
Coram Family and Childcare logo
Childcare costs for children under three have risen by 3%, more than inflation according to the latest report from Coram Family and Childcare. Read more  

Birmingham City Council – Invite the PVI sector to take on the running of day nurseries

26 February 2019
Birmingham City Council logo
Birmingham City Council is inviting the PVI sector to lease 11 day nurseries, either as single settings or a group, and has asked NDNA to make the PVI sector aware of this. Read more  

More Evidence on Impact of 30 Hours Policy

26 February 2019
APPG for Childcare and Education logo
At the second Early Years and Childcare APPG inquiry event, MPs quizzed a panel of representatives from the Treasury Select Committee, Local Government Association and Frontier Economics analysts as part of a parliamentary inquiry. Read more  

Welsh Government’s £60 million investment in childcare provision

19 February 2019

Welsh Ministers have confirmed a £60 million investment in childcare infrastructure to make sure there are sufficient Childcare Offer places. Read more   

Education Select Committee report says 30 hours policy is failing

07 February 2019
Education Select Committee
The Education Select Committee published their life chances report titled ‘Tackling disadvantage in the early years’ today (07 February). Read more   

Government must help providers understand T Levels better

04 February 2019
Practitioner and child
NDNA has called on the Government to put out clear messages about the content of T Levels as Early Years Educator courses will not be available for college aged students. Read more  

Childcare offer rollout continues 

31 January 2019
Welsh Government logo
The Welsh Government’s funded 30 hours childcare programme continues to be rolled out across the country. Read more  

All change in Wales for childcare brief

29 January 2019
Welsh Government logo
NDNA Cymru will be working closely with two new ministers following a cabinet reshuffle. Read more    

The same passion for products, the same commitment to quality

25 January 2019
Consortium logo
But now with extra everything. Times change, markets change, so Consortium have, too.
 Read more about Consortium's re-brand here   

EPI research examines Government policies 

25 January 2019
Education Policy Institute logo
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) released new research examining the impact of Government childcare policies including 30 hours funded childcare entitlement. Read more  

First Minister questioned on roll-out of 1140 hours

25 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was faced with more questions in the Scottish Parliament this week regarding funding for 1140 hours. Read more   

Ceeda workforce study: sector improving but still struggling in comparison to general workforce

21 January 2019
Ceeda logo
Ceeda has published its workforce study which shows that the overall outlook has improved but early years is still struggling compared with the rest of the economy. Read more  

Childcare workers face high financial insecurity

17 January 2019
Education Policy Institute logo
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has launched its latest research titled The early years workforce in England. Read more  

Opportunity for early years sector to shape new inspection proposals

16 January 2019
Amanda Spielman
NDNA is urging the early years sector to look at Ofsted’s new inspection framework proposals launched today and respond to its consultation. Read more  

New Year message from NDNA

02 January 2019
thumbs up
Happy New Year. We hope all our members have enjoyed a well-deserved break over the Christmas period. Read more  

MPs’ Recommendations First Step Towards Childcare Passport

23 December 2018
Work and Pensions Committee logo
The Work and Pensions Committee have today (23 December) published the report on their inquiry into the childcare element of Universal Credit. Read more  

New Scottish National Standard is the only standard

20 December 2018
Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd gave a ministerial statement and answered questions from MSPs in Scottish Parliament regarding Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion yesterday (19 December). Read more  

Parent survey: funded childcare not supporting families equally

20 December 2018
Parent and child
The DfE has released the results of its biennial childcare and early years survey of parents, which gives a range of statistics including for funded childcare places. Read more  

More children accessing 30 hours than before 

19 December 2018
Department for Education logo
The Department for Education (DfE) have published the statistics for 30 hours take-up during the autumn term. Read more