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New childcare partnership wins new Welsh Government grant
by David Bagley - Monday, 7 July 2014, 04:29 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.

National childcare charity welcomes new £50m Early Years Pupil Premium consultation
by David Bagley - Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 05:11 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

Funding overhaul needed to make IPPR report suggestions a reality
by David Bagley - Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 05:08 PM

Leading early years charity National Day Nurseries Association says the funding system must be overhauled if the plans outlined by today's IPPR report were to work in reality.

Chief executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE commented on the suggestions made in the think-tank’s No More Baby Steps report which includes an extension of funded places. “Providing 48 weeks a year funded childcare for all children from the age of two up to school age would be unsustainable in the current system.

"Providing more funded hours has been at the top of the agenda for all political parties as we move toward the election.It is a policy which will be welcomed by parents but for nurseries however, an increase in funded hours would be an increase in losses unless a radically reformed funding system is put in place.

To read the full press release please visit www.ndna.org.uk


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