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

Nursery Trainee Employment Programme Launches in Scotland

Childcare Works, a programme enabling people to become Trainee Support Workers (TSWs) by offering bespoke introductory childcare training has launched in Scotland. Addressing the Scottish Government’s ambition of ‘No One Left Behind’, the Childcare Works project is funded by East Ayrshire Local Employability Partnership. The programme will commence 11 March and complete 28 June 2024… Continue reading Nursery Trainee Employment Programme Launches in Scotland

Childcare sector requests urgent Scottish Government/Care Inspectorate meeting re inspections

Representative bodies from across Scotland have come together to survey the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector on their views of the work of the regulator Care Inspectorate. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), Early Years Scotland (EYS), Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) have received a number of contacts from members… Continue reading Childcare sector requests urgent Scottish Government/Care Inspectorate meeting re inspections

Report into expansion shows importance of PVI sector in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has published its research mapping for early learning and childcare (ELC) places for one and two-year-olds which shows how vital the private and voluntary sector is for our youngest children. The mapping showed that the private, voluntary and independent sector (PVI) delivered 61% of one-year-old places and 67% of two-year-old places in… Continue reading Report into expansion shows importance of PVI sector in Scotland

Scotland Childcare Works Project

How the Scotland Childcare Works project works Once funding for the project is secured, NDNA Scotland sources participants from specified local authorities across Scotland. Settings supporting the project provide a 12 week work placement for a Trainee Support Worker to work 16 hours a week. Participants receive support spanning 16 weeks including: This project gives settings a chance… Continue reading Scotland Childcare Works Project

Challenges with delivering 1140 hours: Scottish Government’s sustainable rates review

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The Scottish Government has published it’s Early learning and childcare: sustainable rates review today (Wednesday 20 December 2023) in which it acknowledges the challenges facing private and voluntary ELC providers. This report is a joint Scottish Government and COSLA evidence-based review of the approach to setting sustainable rates for childcare providers in the private, third… Continue reading Challenges with delivering 1140 hours: Scottish Government’s sustainable rates review

Most Scottish childcare providers getting raw deal from councils

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The vast majority of local authorities are paying private providers a smaller proportion of their Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) budgets for the hours of funded ELC they are delivering. Across Scotland, councils source an average of 28.3% of their funded hours from partner providers like private and voluntary nurseries or childminders. By contrast councils… Continue reading Most Scottish childcare providers getting raw deal from councils

Scotland’s Programme for Government: extending funded ELC offer

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf announced his plans for extending the funded childcare policy in his first programme for Government speech. He will accelerate the expansion of the two-year-old offer by starting to phase in families with two-year-olds from next year, focusing on tackling child poverty. This will be subject to families meeting specific criteria… Continue reading Scotland’s Programme for Government: extending funded ELC offer

Scottish ELC: only three Local Authorities are increasing funding in line with rising costs

According to an investigation by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland, only two local authorities have reported they will be increasing their early learning and childcare entitlement funding at the same rate as providers’ rising costs. Childcare businesses in around a third of local authority areas begin the new academic year without knowing how much… Continue reading Scottish ELC: only three Local Authorities are increasing funding in line with rising costs

Staff turnover 29% in Scottish private nurseries

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New data published this week revealed that staff turnover in private nurseries in Scotland is shockingly high at 29% compared with 11% in the public sector. The stats, published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) in its Movement of Day Care of Children Staff Report 2023, backs up the evidence that NDNA Scotland has… Continue reading Staff turnover 29% in Scottish private nurseries

New First Minister elected and Education appointments made

Scottish National Party members elected MP for Glasgow Pollok, Humza Yousaf, as their new leader, who was officially sworn in as First Minister last week (29 March). During his campaign to become First Minister, Mr Yousaf suggested he would pursue an expansion of the current childcare offer. NDNA Scotland’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE responded… Continue reading New First Minister elected and Education appointments made

Scottish Government consultation report suggests improvements

The Scottish Government has published its response and findings of the Consultation on Inspection of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and School Age Childcare Services in Scotland. The report reflected providers’ concerns about the inspection process and echoed their desires for a more streamlined system, with greater clarity, that could be supportive and reduce burdens… Continue reading Scottish Government consultation report suggests improvements

Meet the Minister at NDNA’s Annual Nursery Conference

Children, Families and Wellbeing Minister Claire Coutinho will be attending National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)’s conference in June. The MP for East Surrey, whose brief includes early years and childcare, will be delivering her keynote speech at the Shaping the Future of Childcare: Making the First Five Years Count conference on Friday 9 June. Delegates… Continue reading Meet the Minister at NDNA’s Annual Nursery Conference

ELC charities write to SNP Leadership candidates to continue to prioritise ELC

NDNA have sent a joint letter with Early Years Scotland (EYS) and Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) to the three candidates for the SNP Leadership and First Minister. The letter to Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch; Humza Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow Pollok; and Ash Regan, MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, highlights the collective… Continue reading ELC charities write to SNP Leadership candidates to continue to prioritise ELC

Women 7 times more likely to be out of work due to caring commitments: TUC finds

The analysis of official statistics – published at the annual Trades Union Congress women’s conference (8 March) – finds that more than 1.46 million women are unable to work alongside their family commitments, compared to around 230,000 men. New TUC analysis finds more than 1.46 million women are kept out of the labour market because… Continue reading Women 7 times more likely to be out of work due to caring commitments: TUC finds

Minister disputes that the ELC sector is in crisis

A debate in Holyrood initiated by Scottish Conservatives discussed the future of early learning and childcare in Scotland. The Minister for Children and Young People Clare Haughey rejected claims from MSPs that the ELC sector was in crisis. Ministers discussed funded childcare in light of concerns raised by nurseries on the unfairness of the 1,140 hours… Continue reading Minister disputes that the ELC sector is in crisis

“Beat the Budget” tickets for NDNA’s Annual Nursery Conference

Today (17 Jan) National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) launches its annual national nursery conference with reduced price tickets. A total of 50 cheaper “Beat the Budget” tickets for the Shaping the Future of Childcare: Making the First Five Years Count conference on Friday 9 June are available on a first come first served basis. Half… Continue reading “Beat the Budget” tickets for NDNA’s Annual Nursery Conference

NDNA launches cost of delivery survey for nurseries

NDNA is asking the nursery and  early years sector across England, Scotland and Wales to fill in a short survey asking key questions to see the impact of rising costs on childcare businesses and charities. As providers face a number of pressures the design of the survey has been cut down to minimise the number… Continue reading NDNA launches cost of delivery survey for nurseries

Autumn Statement: no additional support for nursery sector

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave his Autumn Statement in Parliament today announcing no sector-specific support for nursery businesses. From April 2023, the National Living Wage is set to rise again by 9.7%, with minimum wage for 21 and 22 year olds increasing by 10.9%. The education budget will increase by £2.3bn but there was no mention… Continue reading Autumn Statement: no additional support for nursery sector

Education Children and Young People Committee calls for mapping exercise

The Education, Children and Young People Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary, Shirley Anne Somerville to request a mapping exercise to establish the impact of movement of staff from PVI to Local Authority settings on the success of the delivery of the 1140 hours policy. This decision follows on from NDNA’s Director of Policy… Continue reading Education Children and Young People Committee calls for mapping exercise