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Technology and work pressures blamed for damaging family quality time

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Apr-14)

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has found 56 per cent of teachers believe children spend a lot less time with their families than they did 20 years ago. As many as 74 per cent of education staff also believe families spend… read full article

Parents benefit from new children’s centre offering self-defence and first-aid classes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Apr-14)

Parents are being given the opportunity to learn self-defence, first aid and even another language at a new children’s centre in Datchet, Berkshire. The extra opportunities will form part of the centre’s plan… read full article

Timmy the lamb visits winning nursery to reward sport relief fundraising

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Popular Cbeebies character Timmy the lamb visited Kiddi Caru Harlow nursery last week after the nursery won an exclusive competition set by BBC Sport Relief for nursery group Kiddi Caru. This… read full article

Disability nursery gets facelift with help from local housing volunteers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Volunteers from Aspire Housing will be transforming a nursery for children with special needs in Newcastle-under-Lyme next week by decorating and furnishing the nursery’s new purpose built family room. The Peter Pan Nursery for Children… read full article

Call for children’s centres to become priority ahead of 2015 general election

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Apr-14)

Parents and practitioners of children’s centres have been reflecting on their experiences of the service and its future ahead of the general election in 2015. First created by the Government in 1997 and called early excellence centres,… read full article

Charity slates political parties for not putting ‘best interests’ of the child at the heart of early years policymaking

Nina Hathway (09-Apr-14)

Joining the debate as to whether universal childcare provision is a good thing or not, a charity called Save Childhood Movement argues the case for a better balance between economic aspirations and child and family wellbeing.… read full article

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Nursery children explore the weird and wonderful world of science

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Apr-14)article from 'Innovative Nursery' section

Staff at Positive Steps Shellingford Nursery in Oxfordshire introduced children to the wonderful world of science during National Science Week. The nursery ignited children’s interest and curiosity in this fascinating subject by – read full article

Nurseries forced to deal with rising number of pushy, aggressive parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Apr-14)article from 'Features' section

Nurseries are having to deal with a rising number of aggressive parents, who confront staff with accusations and are quick to run to Ofsted with the smallest complaint. The rise in pushy, aggressive behaviour – read full article

Ofsted accused of favouring 'narrow tests and assessments' over quality early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Apr-14)article from 'News Analysis' section

Controversy surrounding the benefits of formal testing during the early years period is likely to continue for some time following the publication of a major Ofsted report today. The regulator’s Early Years – read full article

Nurseries urged to look out for signs of autism on World Autism Awareness Day

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Apr-14)article from 'Features' section

This week saw the 7th World Autism Awareness Day, a condition that affects around one in every 100 people although many charities believe the condition to be widely misunderstood by the general public. Susan – read full article

Ofsted chief tells inspectors to check nursery children are 'school-ready'

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Mar-14)article from 'News Analysis' section

Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, is placing a heavy emphasis on teaching and learning in nurseries and has called on early years inspectors to focus on “evaluating whether children are being adequately prepared for the – read full article

Forty per cent of babies and toddlers missing out on crucial bond with parents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Mar-14)article from 'News Analysis' section

Forty per cent of babies and toddlers in the UK do not have a strong attachment to their parents and have a greater risk of developing both educational and social problems later on in life, a report by Sutton Trust has revealed. Children – read full article

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Upcoming Day Nursery Exhibitions & Conferences

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Nursery+Primary Show

Date: Friday 25 Apr 2014 – Saturday 26 Apr 2014   Location: Bournemouth BIC
Contact: 01932 853 323   website

QCF Level 2 Paediatric First Aid

Date: Saturday 26 Apr 2014 – Sunday 27 Apr 2014   Location: Coalville, Leicestershire
Organiser: HDP Education Solutions Ltd   Contact: 01530 451217   more details   website

QCF Level 2 Paediatric First Aid

Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 – Sunday 11 May 2014   Location: Coalville, Leicestershire
Organiser: HDP Education Solutions Ltd   Contact: 01530 451217   more details   website

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Upcoming Day Nursery Events & Open Days

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Stay and Play

Date: Thursday 08 Aug 2013 – Thursday 18 Dec 2014   Location: Explorers Day Nurseries, Hatfield
Organiser: Explorers Day Nurseries, Hatfield   Contact: 01707 258333   more details  

Explorers Day Nurseries, Stay and Play

Date: Friday 09 Aug 2013 – Friday 26 Sep 2014   Organiser: Explorers Day Nurseries, Welwyn Garden City   Contact: 01707 351406   more details  

Parent, Plant and Play at Churchfield House Nursery and Preschool

Date: Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 – Friday 25 Apr 2014   Organiser: Churchfield House Day Nursery and Preschool   Contact: 0800 0854074   more details   website

Parents, Plant and Play at Dolphin Nursery and Preschool

Date: Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 – Friday 25 Apr 2014   Organiser: Dolphin Day Nursery and Preschool   Contact: 0800 0854074   more details   website

Parents, Plant and Play at Dolphin Nursery and Preschool

Date: Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 – Friday 25 Apr 2014   Organiser: Dolphin Nursery and Preschool   Contact: 0800 0854074   more details   website

Parents, Plant and Play at Elvetham Heath nursery and preschool

Date: Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 – Friday 25 Apr 2014   Organiser: Elvetham Heath Day Nursery and Preschool   Contact: 0800 0854074   more details   website