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Council underspends in early years at highest level at £70m

An investigation into ’free’ childcare funding for two to four-year-olds across England has uncovered record levels of underspends, according to NDNA.


NDNA discovered that at least £70m of early years entitlement funding was underspent in council budgets and not spent on places during the financial year 2022-23. Only a very small proportion, 12% of councils, said they later passed any of their leftover budget to providers to help with underfunding.

The rest of the money was either put into reserves or used to offset other deficits within the Designated Schools Grant (DSG).

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NDNA Awards 2024 winners have been announced!

NDNA Awards 2024 winners have been announced!

Find out the winners of the NDNA Awards 2024 here. And download the Awards supplement for the full details of the event.
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Dr Sara Bonetti introduces the new Institute of Early Years Education

Dr Sara Bonetti introduces the new Institute of Early Years Education

Speaking at the annual National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) conference, Dr Sara Bonetti announced exciting further details about the new Institute of Early Years Education, to support the early years workforce.
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Unlock the wonders of early childhood with our essential guide

Early years practitioners – we’ve got you covered!

Whether you are new to working in the early years or are a seasoned practitioner, as professionals you play a vital role in shaping the foundation of a child’s life. We hope that ‘Your Essential Guide to Working with Children Under Three’ will serve to inspire, educate, and empower you to support the children in your setting and make every day an opportunity for learning and discovery.

Key topics:

✔️ The importance of play
✔️ Understanding brain development
✔️ Positive attachment and co regulation
✔️ And much more!


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Supporting nurseries across the UK and overseas

NDNA England

Supporting nurseries in England to provide high-quality, sustainable childcare.
NDNA in England

NDNA Scotland

We support Scottish nurseries and are a strategic partner to the Government.
NDNA Scotland: Scotland childcare and early years support

NDNA Cymru

NDNA has a committed and enthusiastic member base representing Wales nurseries.
NDNA Cymru – supporting nurseries in Wales

NDNA International

We support nurseries internationally. Find out more about NDNA international.
NDNA international membership

For support when you need it most…

NDNA gives you the reassuring, expert advice and time-saving resources that allow you to focus on what you do best, caring for children in early years.


Join NDNA for:


  • A stronger voice on issues crucial to your business
  • Time-saving resources and expert, reassuring advice
  • Access to more information, plus training and ideas to help improve practice
  • As well as great savings on nursery essentials.