NDNA Cymru team

Meet our Wales team

Sarah Coates

Policy and Strategic Partnerships Manager Wales

Sarah Coates is the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Manager for Wales, and has worked for National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA ) Cymru since 2013. Prior to her employment with NDNA, Sarah was responsible for the management of various Sessional, After school and Full day care settings. She has over 25 years’ experience of working within the Childcare, Early Years and Play sector.

Sarah leads on the work of NDNA Cymru, including policy work, ensuring effective representation of the nursery sector and contributing to policy development and guidance.  As the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Manager for Wales, she is responsible for the NDNA Cymru team and the delivery of our Welsh Government contracts and other projects in addition to leading NDNA Cymru as a partner within the Cwlwm partnership

Debra Winney

Regional Development Manager, South Wales

In 2008 NDNA Cymru welcomed Debra to the team as a Cardiff Development Worker supporting Nurseries across the authority with sustainability, quality and business issues.

In 2010, Debra become the Regional Development Manager, South Wales and is Key account manager to 14 Local Authorities. She supports the networks across Wales as well as the work on the CWLWM partnership contract, and leads on Sales for Wales .  Debra has previously worked in the public, private and voluntary sector in Wales and has a level of skills and experience in working with unemployed and economically inactive, and has over 25 years’ experience of working within the Childcare, Early Years and Play sector.

Debbie Davison

Welsh Language Project Co-ordinator

Debbie joined the NDNA Cymru team in August 2018 and is a fluent Welsh speaker, having learnt from the age of 3 which she is very proud of. Debbie completed her primary, secondary and higher education in Welsh.  Having previously worked within the early years and childcare sector for children’s projects whilst living in West Yorkshire for many years, Debbie moved back to North Wales in 2007 with her family. As well as working in Breakfast and After School clubs, Qualified in Playwork, as well as Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Debbie is responsible for the delivery of the NDNA Cymru Welsh language project and provides support for members who wish to learn Welsh, as well as develop their Welsh language skills as part of the Cwlwm partnership.

Sarah Warburton

Regional Development Manager, North Wales

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience of working in the early years sector in a variety of practitioner and managerial roles and holds Early Years Professional Status in England. She owned and managed a small village nursery for 10 years before joining NDNA Cymru in 2020. Sarah has an LLB (Hons) Degree in Law and worked in the legal profession before starting a family and discovering her true vocation in childcare. As Regional Development Manager she supports the networks and members across North and Mid Wales and works closely with Local Authorities to represent the sector. Sarah also supports the  work on the Cwlwm partnership contract.

Hayley Edwards

Early Years Education Officer

Hayley has been working with children since the age of 15. Initially working at holiday clubs during the school holidays and weekend adventure camps whilst studying at university. After completing, a BA (Hons) in Primary Education Hayley has developed a strong passion for education that has spanned over a range of experiences before joining the NDNA Cymru team in 2019. These experiences have included; class teaching within early years settings and schools, both mainstream and SEN (Special Education Needs), coaching sports to 3yrs+, training and facilitating education and engagement in the voluntary sector and teaching accredited sessions to young adults with additional learning and behavioural needs. Hayley’s role focuses on the delivery of the Foundation Phase contract, providing support to NDNA member settings with the delivery of the Foundation Phase across Wales.

Claudia Wood

Childcare Works Project Manager, NDNA Cymru

Claudia has over 15 years of experience working within the primary education sector, initially starting as a Nursery class teaching assistant, progressing in her career to a become a Primary School Teacher. Her qualifications include a Foundation Degree in Learning Support, BA (Hons) in Education and PGCE. Claudia joined the NDNA Cymru team in 2019 as Project Coordinator on our Welsh Government funded Childcare Works Project, supporting participants in gaining training and hands-on experience in pursuit of a career within childcare sector. Claudia has developed within NDNA to become the Childcare Works Project Manager, continuing to support participants toward their ambition of a future career in working with children.

Lesley Williams

Childcare Works project Coordinator, North Wales

Lesley is the North Wales Childcare Works Project Coordinator, and has worked for National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA ) Cymru since 2019. Prior to her employment with NDNA, Lesley was a Financial Auditor for an Autistic support Charity. Lesley’s role within the Childcare Works project is paramount to the development of the Trainee Nursery Assistants on our programme, supporting those who have the desire and passion to work towards a career within the childcare sector. She delivers training, provides mentor support and guidance whilst our project participants are on placement in a childcare setting.

Sadie Rogers

Childcare Works Project Coordinator, South Wales

Sadie’s position within the NDNA Cymru team started in 2021 as Project Coordinator, overseeing the South Wales cohorts of our Childcare Works Project. Sadie has a background in training and supporting individuals through coordinating various projects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in applied Drama, Train the Trainer qualification and Activity Provision in Social Care qualification. Sadie’s role within the Childcare Works project is paramount to the development of the Trainee Nursery Assistants on our programme, supporting those who have the desire and passion to work towards a career within the childcare sector. She delivers training, provides mentor support and guidance whilst our project participants are on placement in a childcare setting.