Welcome to NDNA Scotland.

In Scotland we have a thriving membership with active member networks in local authority areas across the country, as well as an office in Edinburgh with a dedicated staff to support Scottish nursery members.

We are also a strategic partner to the Scottish Government, supporting policy development and the implementation of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) strategy.

As well as a wide and varied resource base to help you run your nursery we also represent you at both local and national levels to ensure that your voice is heard as part of the vibrant and enthusiastic ELC sector in Scotland. We are often called up by the media to give the opinion of the sector on a number of different issues, being part of NDNA Scotland ensures that your voice is heard.

NDNA Scotland: Your Team

As well as the wider head office team, nursery members in Scotland have access to dedicated team who are based in Edinburgh.

Jane Malcolm

National Operations Manager – NDNA Scotland

Jane leads on NDNA’s contribution to policy development and guidance on the delivery of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland, develops strategic partnerships and ensures there is an effective voice for the private and third sector. Jane often represents members voices through a variety of media appearances. Jane also manages the NDNA Scotland team.

Jane has recently graduated with the degree of Master of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh with her research project looking at the role of love in early learning and childcare. This work led to love being included in practice guidance Realising the Ambition: Being Me! Jane has over 20 years of experience working in Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland. Jane has been a childminder, a playgroup leader, a pre-school nursery manager and a lecturer, assessor, and tutor in both Further Education and Higher Education, in Childhood Practice. Jane has a passion for ensuring children can realise their rights from the earliest age and is a strong advocate of high quality ELC.

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Hannah Murison

Early Learning And Childcare Policy Adviser – NDNA Scotland

Hannah provides support to members through the provision and promotion of training, representation at a number of stakeholder meetings and through her friendly approach to speaking directly to members.  Hannah led on the development of our ‘Listen to me! Children’s views on children’s rights’ resource and is delighted to support nurseries in using this resource in practice. If you have any questions about ELC then contact Hannah and she will keep you right.

Hannah has a strong background in supporting nurseries in both the private and third sector. She is based in Aberdeenshire which gives NDNA Scotland a reach wider than the central belt. She has experience in giving the ELC sector a voice nationally and locally and also in developing and delivering training courses to nurseries. Hannah is currently studying for a Master’s in Education Studies, specialising in Early Years.

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Keith Brotherston

Memberships and Partnerships Co-ordinator – NDNA Scotland

Keith provides support to the NDNA membership base through ensuring the effective running of the NDNA Scotland office and providing advice and support to nurseries as well as managing key relationships internally and with external partners. Keith will always be on the end of the phone to help you with any of your questions, you can be sure if he doesn’t know the answer he will get it for you!

Prior to working for NDNA Scotland Keith worked with the Civil Service for 15 years in various divisions, from the Department for Work and Pensions through to finally working as a PA to the Solicitor to the Scottish Government.

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Join NDNA Scotland as a nursery member

When you join NDNA Scotland as a nursery member, you’ll receive the support you need to develop your quality of care and to run a healthy sustainable business, using the latest essential information, training and support:

  • Scotland-specific policies and procedures and factsheets for nurseries
  • Discounted nursery online and face to face training
  • Free access to our early years community of tips, activities and factsheets
  • Fortnightly email newsletter, packed with news and nursery sector updates
  • Free places at our spring and autumn Member Event
  • And more!

Find out more about membership or call our membership team on 01484 407070.
If you’re already an NDNA Scotland member, access all of your benefits here.


We’re representing you on a local and national level

To make sure the voice of nurseries in Scotland is heard loud and clear, we work with our members in Scotland to represent the sector to government, local authorities and the media.

We contribute to the development of childcare policy and practice through strategic policy and planning groups, consultation events and stakeholder meetings with nurseries.

We gather and analyse the impact of government policies, guidance and pass on best practice.




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Millie's Mark: Paediatric First Aid

Millie’s Mark is the gold standard in paediatric first aid for early years providers.

The aim of Millie’s Mark is to keep children safe and minimise risk and accidents by:

  • Raising standards in paediatric first aid
  • Increasing numbers of paediatric first aid-trained practitioners
  • Increasing confidence and competencies in applying paediatric first aid – no matter what the situation
  • Enabling practitioners to respond quickly in emergencies
  • Raising the quality and skills of the early years workforce and helping them with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies
  • Providing reassurance to parents.
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