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

Work for NDNA: Digital Membership Manager – Institute of Early Years Education

Interview: week commencing 15 April. Main purpose of the job The Digital Membership Manager will focus on the newly created Institute of Early Years Education (to be officially launched in August 2024). The post holder will coordinate and drive membership growth for the Institute of Early Years Education (IoEYE) by leading recruitment and retention activities.… Continue reading Work for NDNA: Digital Membership Manager – Institute of Early Years Education

Work for NDNA: Content Manager – Institute of Early Years Education

Interview: week commencing 15 April. Main purpose of the role The post holder is responsible for the development of high-quality content for the Institute of Early Years Education, in line with the Institute’s mission to promote quality in early education and care. The post holder will have a wide range of specialist expertise in early… Continue reading Work for NDNA: Content Manager – Institute of Early Years Education

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  

Starting a nursery business

Opening a nursery may be a life-long ambition, a new interest, or the next step in your childcare career. But even if you have worked in childcare before, it can be a daunting experience with many areas to consider, so you need to make sure you are fully prepared for what opening a nursery will… Continue reading Starting a nursery business

Oral health in nurseries

Teaching children to care for their teeth from a young age is beneficial for their oral health. Good oral health leads to helping children to bite and chew, feel confident when they smile and supports their speech and language development. In an oral health survey carried out in 2022 across England, dental decay was already… Continue reading Oral health in nurseries

Early years factsheets

Access NDNA‘s early years factsheets for nurseries, written by childcare experts. Once purchased in our shop, you’ll receive an email with the factsheet PDF attached.

Nurseries can save time with NDNA

NDNA provides its members with over 90 pre-written policies and procedure templates, to help save nursery owners and managers time and money. Our early years experts, along with a team of employment and contract lawyers, and health and safety consultants have done the hard work, so you don’t have to!  The templates are intended for… Continue reading Nurseries can save time with NDNA

Survey to analyse impacts of rising costs and funding challenges for early years sector 

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National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is running a survey throughout January 2024 to analyse the cost and staffing pressures that nurseries from England, Scotland and Wales are under.  All three countries are in the process of preparing for or undergoing an expansion to their two-year-old childcare entitlement. Following years of soaring costs and significant increases… Continue reading Survey to analyse impacts of rising costs and funding challenges for early years sector 

Nursery policies and procedures

NDNA’s nursery policies and procedures templates save you time, are legally checked and written by childcare experts. Once purchased in our shop, you’ll receive an email with the document attached.

Could your nursery be the next Wales Nursery of the Year 2024?

Winners of the NDNA Wales Nursery of t2023he Year Awards

Nominate your nursery for the NDNA Nursery Awards 2024 With only one month left until the NDNA Awards 2024 nominations close for this year, here we share the experiences of last year’s winners of the Wales Nursery of the Year 2023 Award. St Aubin Nursery, based in Roath, won the Wales Nursery of the Year… Continue reading Could your nursery be the next Wales Nursery of the Year 2024?

How does winning our Nursery of the Year award benefit your nursery?

Nursery of the year awards ndna 2024

Nominate your nursery for the NDNA Nursery Awards 2024  Our prestigious nursery awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the nursery sector, highlighting the fantastic work of nurseries and practitioners in supporting over one million children and their families. There are many benefits to settings to winning one of the NDNA Nursery Awards. We heard… Continue reading How does winning our Nursery of the Year award benefit your nursery?

Early Years Sector Events

Here’s where you’ll find details of early years sector events including conferences, workshops and exhibitions for early years childcare professionals. 

Birth to Five Matters: what is it?

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What is Birth to Five Matters? According to Nancy Stewart – Early Years consultant, Project Lead for Birth to Five Matters – Birth to Five Matters is a tool to help early years practitioners in England bring the EYFS to life in their settings. It has been created with the sole purpose of supporting practitioners… Continue reading Birth to Five Matters: what is it?

Happy anniversary, NDNA!

NDNA is celebrating 25 years of being a charity and we would love our members to celebrate with us! Print out the relevant bunting template below and circulate to parents/carers or complete it as a fun activity to do within your setting with the children. Once complete, put up your bunting around the nursery, creating… Continue reading Happy anniversary, NDNA!

NDNA Nursery Awards 2024: Spotlight on last year’s winner – Overall Nursery of the Year Award

With the NDNA Awards 2024 nominations kicking off to a great start this month, we wanted to hear from last year’s double winners of the Nursery of the Year 2023 Award Little Professors Nursery, based at Walsall College, won the Nursery of the Year Award – England Central, as well as the coveted overall Nursery… Continue reading NDNA Nursery Awards 2024: Spotlight on last year’s winner – Overall Nursery of the Year Award