The site, which went live during the organisation’s parliamentary reception, Celebrating the early years community, on Tuesday, provides information on the National Day Nurseries Association's (NDNA) services and products, including an online shop.
The charity developed a three-year strategy to create a global online community after noting international interest in accessing NDNA resources, with website hits from nurseries in Dubai, India and Africa,
The website forms the first part of this plan, which the charity hopes will enable its advice and resources to reach a wider audience and provide support to early years practitioners beyond the UK.
Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said, ‘The community will give everyone involved in the sector a platform to discuss issues, access training, share best practice and support each other.
‘We are very excited about the new international site which is just the start of our highly ambitious journey to provide high quality support and training to practitioners across the globe.’
Further developments to the site are currently in the planning stages, with possible ideas including an online discussion group for practitioners to share best practice, forums for sharing photos, and a diary of early years events taking place outside the UK.
NDNA has also partnered with Quality Matters 4 Children to provide advice and support to nurseries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, while delegates at the charity’s parliamentary reception heard from speaker Priti Rao, managing director of Pumpkin Patch Nursery in India, about the background of the Indian nursery sector.
The NDNA’s national online training site has more than 7,000 registered learners. Around 19,000 early years providers took part in NDNA training in 2012-13.