For support when you need it most – Join NDNA now and benefit from reassuring, expert advice and time-saving resources that allow you to focus on what you do best: educating and caring for children in early years.  

NDNA membership for single site nurseries starts from just £177 per year.

NDNA is the membership association for day nurseries and their workforce. We are here to give you the reassuring, expert advice and time-saving resources that allow you to focus on what you do best, educating and caring for children in early years. Our lobbying and campaigning will give you a stronger voice and influence on issues critical to your business. Our range of resources and services will help to improve practice and save nurseries money.

Saving you time

NDNA provides its members with over 90 pre-written policies and procedure templates, to help save nursery owners and managers 100s of hours’ time and £1000s in lawyer and consultant fees. These time-saving resources include:

  • Parent contract and terms and conditions
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Gun and superhero play
  • NEW template – Menopause policy

Why are policy and procedures so important? Read our advice and see the full range of policy templates in our sample document below. We provide templates for each nation: England, Scotland and Wales. We also offer templates translated into Welsh.

We’ve done the hard work to allow you to focus your efforts where they’re most needed.

NEW! We’ve now added 18 pre-written job descriptions to the list of time-saving documents members can access for free. The Nursery Recruitment Pack covers all key roles within the nursery from Nursery Manager to Cook. We even provide example interview questions!

Our wide range of 100+ factsheets for England, Scotland and Wales, will give you the knowledge you need, if there is anything you’re unsure of.

Saving you time

Expert advice for peace of mind

Have a question about your inspection? Unsure of ratio requirements and qualifications? Want to know more about funded childcare?

NDNA’s team of advisers have the knowledge and expertise to advise you on curriculum requirements, regulatory issues or inspections.

Members have free access 24/7 to a Legal Helpline for advice on employment law, contracts with parents, GDPR, debt recovery and more.

The legal helpline also provides a range of useful templates and pre-written letters, including:

  • Employment contract (statement of terms)
  • Disciplinary, redundancy and flexible working
  • Employee medical history.

Get in touch with us and we’ll put your mind at ease.

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Improving practice

NDNA is a leading national provider of training courses, publications and specialist services that will increase practitioners’ knowledge in vital areas of childcare: such as safeguarding, working with babies, or maths and literacy.

Members benefit from exclusive discounts off our training, including our online training bundles, calendar of live virtual classroom courses, and face-to-face training for your team.

Save money on our Inspection Service, where we review the quality of your practice, either before or after an inspection.

Download our training brochure to see the wide range of options available to members.  Or click on the links below:

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Saving you money

With a combination of a cost of living crisis and underfunding from government, NDNA knows how vital it is that our members can save every penny they can. That is why we work with our partners to agree exclusive discounted rates for our members. Join us today to save money on nursery suppliers, from day-to-day essentials, play resources and equipment, HR and health and safety advice, DBS checks and more.

Find out more about each of our partners here:

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Be more informed

Be the first to hear vital sector updates through our online knowledge hub, email newsletters and membership magazine Nursery News, full of practical tips to share with your team!

We run a regular calendar of free events and webinars, where you will hear from industry experts, early years influencers and government department representatives. See the next free member events.

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Giving you a stronger voice

A collective voice is much louder than a lone one. Join our campaigns and be heard by MPs, Policy Makers and Local Authorities. Only a large membership body, like NDNA, can have real influence and drive the changes we need for a sustainable early years sector.

First five years count

Our #Firstfiveyearscount campaign has launched to celebrate the early years sector and all they do to make the first five years of a child’s life count.

Find out more about our #firstfiveyearscount campaign.

Local NDNA networks

You can join forces with your peers at UK-wide NDNA networks, where you can benefit from mutual support from similar business owners. Find out more about our NDNA local networks.

NDNA Awards

Make your nursery stand out by entering our prestigious NDNA Awards, which take place every year to celebrate the achievements of the sector.

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Story of an NDNA member

Watch Alice’s journey as she joins NDNA

NDNA Membership: story of a member

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