Labour responds to NDNA’s concerns about nurseries in schools plan

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Labour’s Shadow Education Minister Bridget Phillipson has responded to NDNA’s concerns about Labour’s plans for early education and care in schools. In an interview on The Battle for Number 10: A Sky News Leaders’ Special, Labour Leader Keir Starmer said: “We want to create 100,000 new places for childcare, this is 3,000 nurseries around schools… Continue reading Labour responds to NDNA’s concerns about nurseries in schools plan

The week of the Manifestos

This week we’ve seen the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour party unveil their 2024 election manifestos including their key pledges to the early years and childcare.  Here’s a summary. Liberal Democrats key manifesto points published 10 June Protect and support the rights and wellbeing of every child by: Give parents genuine flexibility and choice in… Continue reading The week of the Manifestos

NDNA’s 25th Anniversary Conference Celebrates Winners of Prestigious Awards

National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) celebrated 25years since becoming a charity at its annual conference and awards evening. The NDNA conference 2024: ‘Growing together, championing change for children’s futures’ brought members and sector experts together to inspire and generate new ideas for the future of the early years sector and celebrate the achievements of leaders… Continue reading NDNA’s 25th Anniversary Conference Celebrates Winners of Prestigious Awards

Council underspends in early years at highest level at £70m

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An investigation into ’free’ childcare funding for two to four-year-olds across England has uncovered record levels of underspends, according to National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). NDNA discovered that at least £70m of early years entitlement funding was underspent in council budgets and not spent on places during the financial year 2022-23. Only a very small… Continue reading Council underspends in early years at highest level at £70m

Dr Sara Bonetti introduces the new Institute of Early Years Education

Speaking at the annual National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) conference, Dr Sara Bonetti announced exciting further details about the new Institute of Early Years Education, which will support the early years workforce across the UK. Sara gave a presentation about the Institute at the conference today in Coventry, attended by hundreds of nursery owners, managers… Continue reading Dr Sara Bonetti introduces the new Institute of Early Years Education

The Royal Foundation publishes its early childhood Taskforce report

A recent report by The Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for Early Childhood has identified a £45.5 billion opportunityfor business to drive, and benefit from,prioritising early childhood in the workplace, community and wider society. Set up in March 2023 by the Princess of Wales, the Taskforce involves major firms Aviva, The Co-operative Group, Deloitte, Iceland Foods,… Continue reading The Royal Foundation publishes its early childhood Taskforce report

Nurseries in 12 Scottish council areas don’t know their funding rate  

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Nurseries across Scotland were promised an uplift in Early Learning and Childcare funding from the beginning of April and yet those in 38% of council areas still don’t know what they will receive. According to analysis by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland which looked into data they had requested via the Freedom of Information… Continue reading Nurseries in 12 Scottish council areas don’t know their funding rate  

Too many councils passing on insufficient funding rates to childcare providers 

Early education and care providers are not seeing the full benefit of Government funding rate increases for two-year-old places in 88% of council areas, according to an investigation by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). In an analysis of 119 local authority base rates for the two, three and four-year-old funded places, NDNA found that in… Continue reading Too many councils passing on insufficient funding rates to childcare providers 

Celebrity Speakers announced for 25th Anniversary Nursery Conference

Celebrity guest speakers Ashley John-Baptiste and Elliot Rae will be attending National Day Nurseries Association’s (NDNA)’s conference in June as NDNA celebrates 25 years since becoming a charity. The NDNA conference 2024: ‘Growing together, championing change for children’s futures’ is sponsored by Hope, Citation and Nursery World. It will bring together experts and educators with… Continue reading Celebrity Speakers announced for 25th Anniversary Nursery Conference

Early years entitlement rollout to face future challenges  

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According to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report the early years entitlement faces future challenges as the rollout continues under an ambitious timetable.    The Government’s expansion of the early years entitlement, aimed at increasing the labour market by helping mothers return to work is on track for the first phase of the rollout in… Continue reading Early years entitlement rollout to face future challenges  

DfE pulse survey of childcare and early years providers published

The Department for Education (DfE) have today published their latest findings from a Pulse survey of childcare and early years providers which was carried out in November 2023.   This latest piece of research, the seventh in a series of surveys conducted since the summer of 2020 asked a sample of GBPs (group based providers),… Continue reading DfE pulse survey of childcare and early years providers published

Childcare expansion: DfE claim 79% of codes validated 

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The Government has published new statistics on the two-year-old childcare expansion which was launched earlier this month. These include:  The DfE added that its recruitment campaign which was launched in February had resulted in interest from 73,000 people.   It is also piloting a new scheme to increase capacity by matching up PVI providers with space… Continue reading Childcare expansion: DfE claim 79% of codes validated 

Ofsted Complaints Handling – you can now pause or defer an inspection 

Ofsted has updated its policies on complaints handling including pausing an inspection in exceptional circumstances. The regulator hopes that its new policy will make its handling complaints process fairer, thorough and efficient.  The changes have been brought in following last year’s consultation and now include allowing providers to challenge factual inaccuracies and seek a review… Continue reading Ofsted Complaints Handling – you can now pause or defer an inspection 

Childcare expansion begins from 1 April for parents of two-year-olds

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The first phase of the government’s planned childcare expansion started 1 April which is set to benefit over 150,000 children. From this week, parents of two-year-olds in England can access 15 hours a week of government-funded childcare. The full roll out of funded childcare will be in place by September 2025. The Government has launched… Continue reading Childcare expansion begins from 1 April for parents of two-year-olds

New Welsh Minister announced for Mental Health and Early Years

First Minister Vaughan Gething has today announced his new Welsh Government Cabinet which includes the appointment of a Minister for Mental Health and Early Years. Jayne Bryant MS, is announced as the Minister for Mental Health & Early Years and is part of the ministerial team ‘for a Wales full of optimism, ambition and unity.’… Continue reading New Welsh Minister announced for Mental Health and Early Years

Healthy Body, Happy Me week is back – Off we grow

Healthy Body, Happy Me campaign launches next week (25-29 March) with the theme ‘Off We Grow’ The annual campaign, run by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), encourages life-long health and happiness in young children by supporting early years practitioners through a week-long programme of free resources and activities.   The campaign theme for this year encapsulates… Continue reading Healthy Body, Happy Me week is back – Off we grow

Seven out of ten nurseries in Scotland say they are under funded

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The vast majority of private and voluntary nurseries in Scotland say that the local authority funding rate doesn’t cover their costs for delivering early learning and childcare (ELC) places, according National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland. NDNA’s nursery sustainability survey released today found that funding for three and four-year-olds did not cover the costs for… Continue reading Seven out of ten nurseries in Scotland say they are under funded

Early years settings under pressure to deliver the places parents need  

The Coram Family and Childcare’s latest annual survey, published today reveals that the availability of childcare places is decreasing across Britain and that parents are facing above-inflation childcare costs. The report also highlights that there is insufficient childcare for children with disabilities and a particular lack of childcare places for families in rural areas.   This… Continue reading Early years settings under pressure to deliver the places parents need  

Wales Childcare Crisis: Nine in ten nurseries expect to make a loss or break even

NDNA Cymru’s recent survey reveals that rising costs are continuing to put significant pressure on the sustainability of the early years sector in Wales. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru surveyed respondents across 102 private, voluntary and independent nurseries and discovered that 91% expect to make a loss or just break-even. Government funding for the… Continue reading Wales Childcare Crisis: Nine in ten nurseries expect to make a loss or break even

Childcare applications to open 12 May for parents of nine month olds

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced today that parents of nine month olds who will be eligible for a childcare place from September can start the process of applying from 12 May. From the beginning of September 2024, 15 hours a week of government-funded childcare will be offered to working parents of children from… Continue reading Childcare applications to open 12 May for parents of nine month olds