The government’s early years and childcare consultation seeks views on issues including streamlining the statutory guidance for local authorities on the three and four-year-old entitlement, eligibility criteria for two-year-old free provision and the eligibility criteria for providers to deliver free early education.
To inform its response to this consultation, NDNA is holding two free events to gather the views of its members. Department for Education speakers will be present at the member events which will be held in Manchester in November and London in December.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “The free entitlement has been the number one issue for NDNA members for some years and this consultation, including a review of the Code of Practice, is a positive step. It is essential that the government listens to the views of childcare providers as the experts at the frontline who deliver this vital service for children and families. The new Code of Practice will be extended to include free provision for disadvantaged two year olds and must enable providers to work in strong partnership with their local authority to deliver.
“The Private, Voluntary and Independent sector will be critical in ensuring there is sufficient high quality provision for local authorities to meet their duties to provide for all disadvantaged two year olds.
“The move to increase a ‘basket’ of quality criteria that providers will need to meet to access free nursery education funding must give providers recognition of achievements in Ofsted inspections and the flexibility to chose the quality improvement support that meets their needs. Local authorities will also need to consider how they support providers to continuously improve quality.
“NDNA is keen to see changes that will support nurseries and local authorities to work together to ensure high quality provision for families delivered in a way that is sustainable for providers.”
For more information about becoming an NDNA member, please go to www.ndna.org.uk
Notes to editors:
• National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is a national charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. NDNA is the voice of the sector, an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families.
• The consultation events will be held on Tuesday 15 November at The Studio, Manchester city centre, and Monday 5 December at Mary Sumner House, Westminster, London.
• For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Lindsay Garfitt, Senior PR and Policy Officer, on 01484 40 70 66 or Lindsay.Garfitt@
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National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity representing children’s nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children.