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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.

NDNA welcomes Government rethink on GCSE entry requirements for EYE qualification
by David Bagley - Monday, 8 September 2014, 11:07 AM

Leading early years organisation National Day Nurseries Association has welcomed the Government decision to rethink entry level GCSE’s for the Early Years Educator qualification.

NDNA’s Director of Quality and Workforce Development, Stella Ziolkowski, who is a member of the Early Years Trailblazer Group which developed the apprenticeship framework, said: "We are delighted Early Years Minister Sam Gyimah has listened to the sector and taken this extremely helpful step toward making the EYE qualification as accessible as possible.

"Changing the need for grade C level GCSEs in English and maths from entry to exit requirements for the first year means training providers can properly prepare level 2 students with a view to progressing to level 3 next year. There will also be a positive impact on businesses. When the proposals were outlined initially early years providers raised serious concerns the requirements could lead to a lack of potential employees at level 3 staff and learners becoming stuck at level 2.

"There is clear evidence that everyone in the early years sector wants to see a highly skilled professional workforce and this is a big step toward that goal.

"But it is important to remember this change has been put in place for the first year and then comes under review. It is vitally important we make the best use of this trial period and find the best way forward for the qualification in the future."

(Edited by Jonathan Pattison - original submission Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 10:54 AM)


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