In preparation for this manifesto, NDNA convened a range of focussed policy discussions, bringing together early years organisations, researchers, policy think tanks and providers to discuss the biggest issues facing our sector. This led to the creation of a Blueprint for Early Education and Care published in October 2023. 

This manifesto builds on the principles of that Blueprint and sets out the sector’s priorities for any incoming Government focussing on:  

  • A child-centric approach, ensuring high-quality 
  • Funding that supports families and ensures sustainability 
  • Developing the early years workforce 
  • Effective and constructive regulation 

Our manifesto asks

Building blocks for a better society


  1. An early education and care system that’s child-centric, delivering high-quality provision
  2. A funding system that works for all children, families and providers
  3. A system that values and invests in the early years workforce
  4. A regulatory approach that is fit for purpose and proportionate to support better outcomes 


Our manifesto asks