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NDNA welcomes Welsh Government plan to develop a highly skilled workforce to improve early years education
by David Bagley - Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 09:45 AM

Leading early years organisation National Day Nurseries Association has welcomed the announcement today of the Welsh Government's draft ten year plan to develop a highly skilled workforce to improve early years education.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive said: "We're really pleased the Welsh Government is recognising the value of early years education and the specialist expertise of staff who work in the sector. While we all want to see a well-trained, qualified early years workforce and improved adult to child ratios, there are doubts as to how this will be funded.  Many nurseries are struggling to meet rising costs and are losing money on free early education places.  A more highly qualified workforce will demand higher salaries and further push up costs for parents unless it goes hand in hand with additional funding.

"There must be investment if the sector is to build a high quality workforce and make early years and childcare an aspirational career."

NDNA Cymru was a member of the task group on the Independent Review of Childcare and Early Education Registration, Regulation and Inspection which recognised the importance of a highly qualified early years and childcare workforce and has led to the launch of today's plan.

NDNA's 2014 annual nursery survey showed nurseries in Wales were making an average loss of £684 per child per year.

For more information please contact press and policy officer Sophie McCandlish on 01484 407066/07788 585502 email sophie.mccandlish@ndna.org.uk

National childcare charity welcomes new £50m Early Years Pupil Premium consultation
by David Bagley - Monday, 8 September 2014, 12:25 PM

National childcare charity National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) today welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's announcement of a consultation on the new £50m Early Years Pupil Premium, saying it was vital that the investment made for each child went to the frontline in nurseries to make a difference for disadvantaged children.

NDNA Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE said: "The new Early Years Pupil Premium is the right move to support disadvantaged three and four year olds and is great recognition of the impact that investing in early years provision, like nurseries, can make to children's futures. It is vital that all the money is passed to the setting attended by each child so that it can be used to make a real difference at the front line. We welcome government's recognition of the expertise of nurseries by giving them the freedom to decide how to use the money to help three and four year olds learn and develop.

Read the full press release at www.ndna.org.uk

New childcare partnership wins new Welsh Government grant
by David Bagley - Monday, 8 September 2014, 12:24 PM

NDNA Cymru is part of a childcare partnership which has won the Welsh Government's Strategic Priority Childcare Grant under the new Children and Families Delivery Grant scheme.

The new partnership, CWLWM is made up of Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, Mudiad Meithrin, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA Cymru), PACEY Cymru and Wales Pre-School Playgroup Association (Wales PPA).The partnership is led by Mudiad Meithrin.

Hywel Jones, Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive said:

"On behalf of CWLWM I can say that we are extremely pleased to have been awarded this grant. The establishment of this partnership is a giant leap forward for childcare services in Wales and Mudiad Meithrin considers it an honour to have been chosen to lead the partnership. This new partnership will allow us to continue to offer important services to support childcare providers in Wales."

The main focus of the Children and Families Delivery Grant scheme is to support the tackling poverty agenda in Wales, by reinforcing the work of key programmes already being undertaken by the Welsh Government together with that of the supporting childcare, children's rights, play and participation programmes. The grant will support families in practical and measurable ways, with particular emphasis on building family resilience and capacity to become less reliant on persistent interventions.


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