National organisations and publications
Department for Education (DfE)
The DfE is responsible for the implementation of the Governments National Childcare Strategy in England.
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Skills ActiveSkills Active is the National Training Organisation for Sport, Recreation, and Allied Occupations. The Playwork Unit was formed in 1998 to develop education, training and qualifications for playworkers.
Castlewood House, 77-91 New Oxford St, London, WC1A 1PX
Tel: 020 7632 2000
City and Guilds – awarding bodyA source for advice about qualifications and training.
Customer Services, 1 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DD
Tel: 020 7294 2800
Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education (CACHE) – awarding body.A source for advice about qualifications and training.
Beaufort House, Grosvenor Rd, St Albans, Herts AL1 3AN
Tel: 0845 347 2123
Daycare TrustThe Daycare Trust advises childcare providers, employers, trade unions and policymakers on childcare.
21 St Georges Rd, London SE1 6ES
Tel: 020 7840 3350
4ChildrenA national charity dedicated to creating opportunities and building futures for children.
City Reach, 5 Greenwich View Place, London E14 9NN
Tel: 020 7512 2112
Kidsactive – play and opportunity for disabled childrenA National Charity promoting play for disabled children. Kidsactive runs six playgrounds in London, and delivers training on inclusion for play providers throughout the UK. Kidsactive publishes the magazine Lets Play and has produced the book Side by Side – guidelines for inclusive play (2000).
Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, London SW6 3LA
Tel: 020 7731 1435 Minicom: 020 7731 1435 Fax: 020 7731 4426
Montessori Education (UK)This national organisation provides advice, support and information for Montessori pre-school providers.
21 Vineyard Hill, London, SW19 7JL
Tel: 020 8946 4433
National Childminding Association (NCMA)This national organisation provides information, advice and support for registered childminders.
81 Royal Court, Tweedy Rd, Bromley, Kent BR1 1TG
Tel: 0845 880 0044
National Children’s BureauThe NCB supports a number of websites. All are produced by NCB staff, many with project partners or by councils or networks within NCB. Where no web address is shown, the website is part of www.ncb.org.uk and links are to internal pages of this website.
8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE
Tel: 020 7843 6000
Asylum Seeking and Refugee ChildrenWeb: www.childrenslegalcentre.com/
Care Planning for Looked After Children ToolkitWeb: www.ncb.org.uk
Children & Young People HIV NetworkWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/hiv
Childhood Bereavement NetworkWeb: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk
Children's Play Information ServiceWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/cpis
Council for Disabled ChildrenWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/cdc/
Early Childhood ForumWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/ecf
Early Childhood UnitWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/ecu
Healthy CareWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/healthycare
National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care (NCERCC)Web: www.ncb.org.uk/ncercc
PSHE & Citizenship Information ServiceWeb: http://www.ncb.org.uk/Page.asp?originx448zk_105935556258n11k1444152004
Sex Education ForumWeb: www.ncb.org.uk/sef
Young NCBWeb: http://www.youngncb.org.uk
Young People and Self HarmWeb: http://www.selfharm.org.uk
Children England(formerly National Council for Voluntary Childcare Organisations-NCVCCO) Provide funding to voluntary childcare organisations.
Unit 25, Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT
Tel: 020 7833 3319
National Day Nursery AssociationThis organisation provides advice, support and information for providers of full day care.
Oak House, Woodvale Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AB
Tel: 0870 7744244
National Early Years NetworkProduces and sells a useful publication called Good to Work For – Employing staff and Working with Volunteers in Small Groups which covers a range of employment issues, including recruitment, legislation and contracts.
77 Holloway Road, London N7 8JZ
Tel: 020 7607 9573
National Extension CollegeNational training provider and source of advice about selecting appropriate training.
Dept D204, The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road, Cambridge CB2 2HN
Tel: 01223 400200
OFSTEDRoyal Exchange Buildings, St Ann's, Square, Manchester, M2 7LA
Tel: 0845 404040
PLAYLINKPromotes children’s free play through practice development, advice, information and support services for play providers and innovative projects.
72 Albert Palace Mansions, Lurline Gardens, London, SW11 4DQ
Tel: 020 7720 2452
Play WordsA bi-monthly magazine for adults working with children in out of school settings. It includes creative ideas, training topics, news, views and information.
Common Threads Consultancy, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hants SO50 9FD.
Tel: 07000 785215
PlayworkThe aim of the playworking website is to provide support, help and information to all those people involved in the Playwork SVQ and NVQ process.
PlaytodayA bi-monthly newspaper free to anyone interested in play or related issues.
Tel: 020 7843 6016
QCAResponsible for developing a national framework of accreditation qualifications in early years’ education, childcare and playwork.
83 Piccadilly, London, W1J 8QA
Tel: 020 7509 5555