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  • Improve your knowledge while gaining CPD credit
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NDNA urges early years employers to complete a survey and support apprentices
by David Bagley - Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 05:05 PM

NDNA is working with innovative learning company In Touch Care to support Early Year Apprentices using Information Communication Technology (ICT) in settings.

As part of the Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme, which provides a comprehensive online and CPD programme on using technology to support children in early years, NDNA is asking early years employers to take part in a simple online survey.

The survey will provide valuable information on ICT and its use in early years which can be used to ensure the programme gives apprentices get the best possible support.

The project also provides support to the Early Years Trailblazer group which is developing the apprenticeship framework. The group, made up of early years experts including NDNA’s Director of Quality and Workforce Development, Stella Ziolkowski, has just been awarded Phase III funding by the Government which will see it create new frameworks for Assistant Practitioner, Nursery/Centre Leader and Senior Practitioner apprenticeships.

To take part in the survey log onto

NDNA autumn nursery survey
by David Bagley - Monday, 27 October 2014, 04:55 PM

Share your views in NDNA's Autumn Nursery Survey and you could a fabulous spa day for two.

NDNA is carrying out this confidential annual survey to gain an informed overview of the state of the nursery sector. We will use the results to give authoritative recommendations for action to Government policy makers and to highlight the sector's views and concerns in the media.

Everyone who takes part in the England, Scotland and Wales surveys will be put into a draw to win a fabulous spa day courtesy of Pound Gates. There will also be five runners-up who will each win an NDNA Early Years Development Zone course of their choice.

Click on the link below and complete the relevant survey for your nursery in England, Scotland or Wales.

NDNA CEO warns committee against 'light touch' inspections
by David Bagley - Friday, 17 October 2014, 10:07 AM

Giving evidence at today’s Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill Committee, the chief executive of leading early years charity, National Day Nurseries Association, said the welfare of children goes hand in hand with the drive to more two-year-old places.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, was invited to represent the early years sector giving evidence on the bill which includes a move to allow schools to open for two-year-olds without having to be registered with Ofsted as early years providers.

Ms Tanuku, who has also given evidence to the Childcare Payments Bill Committee this week on Tax Free Childcare, said there were strong objections to proposals which would mean light touch oversight of schools providing two-year-old places.

She argued the bill will mean childcare and early education in schools for two-year-olds is not subjected to the specific early years registration inspection process. This provision, which will include the most disadvantaged children, could be established and operate without the quality assurance of expert early years scrutiny by Ofsted. She stressed that very young children have specific needs which early years staff are trained to deliver. It cannot be assumed a school performing well in primary education will provide good or outstanding care and education for very young children.

Ms Tanuku told the committee that if schools willing to offer two-year-old places find testing themselves against registration and inspection requirements specific to those children’s needs too much of a burden then they should not take on the responsibility of providing those places.

Deregulation for schools will also tilt the already unlevel playing field further away from private and voluntary nurseries as well as childminders. Schools providing childcare do not have to shoulder the heavy overheads such as Business Rates and VAT, other small providers face.

There is however, one aspect of the Bill Ms Tanuku welcomed and that was the proposal to introduce a Small Business Appeals Champion, described as a Reviewer. As there is currently no independent body involved in the Ofsted appeals process incorrect decisions can only be overturned by Ofsted itself. NDNA would like to see the Reviewer’s powers go further than just reviewing the complaints and appeals processes of regulators to scrutinising and overturning flawed regulatory decisions.


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