NDNA funding partners

We value the support, funding and grants from all NDNA funding partners. This funding enables us to drive positive impact to benefit sustainable communities, a sustainable early years sector, the workforce, families and most importantly, young children.

We work closely with a range of funding partners to deliver NDNA’s quality products and services to wider communities and stakeholders. Working in partnership, NDNA can further empower and support the sector to thrive by developing the workforce and early years settings, and contributing to the well-being and positive outcomes of young children and their families. Discover more about our funding partners and the impact they have on our work across the early years sector below.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

In support of Childcare Works England and Wales


NDNA is delighted to have been awarded £71,800 funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Supporting Partners programme to enable us to deliver our highly effective Childcare Works training and employment programme to partners of serving military personnel on Catterick Garrison in England and Hightown Barracks in Wales. The programme, starting in August 2024, will help to address the recruitment crisis facing the early education and childcare sector, ensuring high quality childcare can continue to be provided for military families long into the future.


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Department for Education

In support of Maths Champions


The Department for Education (DfE) supports NDNA through the DfE Accelerator fund to provide Maths Champions programmes for settings across England, enriching the day-to-day maths activities in early years settings and boosting children’s maths learning, prioritising areas with high proportions of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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East Ayrshire Council

In support of Childcare Works Scotland


East Ayrshire Council funds NDNA to deliver the EALEP funded Childcare Works employment programme across East Ayrshire.

This programme aims to address economic inactivity and unemployment rates by creating a training pathway to a career in early education and childcare, which at the same time tackles the recruitment and retention crisis facing local early learning and care settings.


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Education Endowment Foundation

In support of Maths Champions


The Education Endownment Foundation funds NDNA to deliver the Maths Champions programme, secured through the Department for Education’s Accelerator Fund, nationally. This funding will allow up to 405 PVI, maintained and school-based nurseries to gain access to the Maths Champions programme during this academic year .


The one-year programme, developed and delivered by NDNA, supports early years providers to improve their maths provision by nominating a senior member of existing staff as a ​“Maths Champion” to undertake training and support colleagues to develop their maths teaching practice.



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The Mercers' Company Foundation

As trustee of the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington.


Supported by the Mercers’ Company as trustee of the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington, NDNA is delivering 150 Maths Champions and 50 Language & Communication Champions programmes into 18 of the most deprived boroughs in Greater London.


The project will run until the end of September 2027.


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The Moondance Foundation

In support of Childcare Works Wales


The Moondance Foundation offers grants to organisations and causes that provide transformational changes in communities in Wales and beyond. Supported by The Moondance Foundation, NDNA is delivering two Childcare Works programmes in Wales; one in Cardiff and the other in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT).


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UK Shared Prosperity Fund

In support of Childcare Works


Cyngor Gwynedd Council are funding delivery of NDNA’s Childcare Works programme in Conwy for 14 participants through UKSPF funding. The funding will run until 25 October 2024.


This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit the website.


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To discuss working with NDNA as a funding partner, please contact us here.