Nursery News & Industry Events

'Capacity crisis': 30-hour free childcare scheme faces shortage of places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 20-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

Tens of thousands of parents could miss out on the 30-hour funded childcare entitlement as the Government underestimates the take-up of the offer by more than 100,000 places, according to new research. Early

Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 19-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

Tiny tot Tanjida Amreen turned up alone at the doorstep of her home, having walked out of her nursery undetected. The three-year-old girl managed to cross several main roads to greet her shocked father at

Love in a time of childcare: Kids and their crushes

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 18-Jan-17 article from 'Features' section

Three-year-old Frederick thinks love is when “Mummy gives me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and three-year-old Hettie says it is when "Mummy packs my lunchbox". With Valentine's Day looming, has been finding out

Great-grandmother with dementia achieves lifelong dream of becoming a children's author

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 17-Jan-17 article from 'Features' section

A great-grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012 has become a published author of two children’s books. Joan Porter, aged 85, who lives in sheltered accommodation in Bearsden, Glasgow,

France's biggest private nursery chain buys 16 British nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor , 17-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR) which owns more than 300 nurseries in France and Germany, is now entering the UK nursery market by buying the Magic Nurseries chain. Tom Reed founded Magic Nurseries in

Inspectors rate 35% of Asquith nurseries Outstanding

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 16-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

More than a third (35 per cent) of settings in the Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre Schools group have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted- a whopping 33 out of 94 sites. This includes 10 nurseries in the group

Parents ditch lullabies for Ed Sheeran and Adele songs to get their children to sleep

Sue Learner, Editor , 13-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

Parents are shunning lullabies to get their children to sleep and instead are opting for pop songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele. Singing to young children is still seen as very important, however

Nursery trends 2017: Rise in investors from China predicted

Sue Learner, Editor , 12-Jan-17 article from 'News Analysis' section

The UK is set to see a rise in the number of investors from China buying nurseries this year, according to a leading property broker. Brexit which led to a drop in the pound, as well as the perceived high

Childcare minister's Lambeth Walk boosts REAL literacy campaign

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 12-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

“Every child, no matter what their background or circumstance, should experience the joy of reading widely and well”, childcare minister Caroline Dinenage said during a visit to Lambeth. Her comment was

Government pledges almost £60m to support special educational needs and disabilities reforms

Charley Walker, News Editor , 11-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families has confirmed funding of nearly £60m to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding will be used to

Children's author Ian Whybrow backs nursery reading campaign

Sue Learner, Editor , 11-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

Ian Whybrow, author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, is backing a campaign by nursery chain Busy Bees to encourage more parents to read to their children. To launch the campaign ‘Bringing Stories

Government announces £50m project to create thousands of free childcare places for 'hard-working' families

Charley Walker, News Editor , 10-Jan-17 article from 'News' section

The Education Secretary has announced the successful local authority bidders for a £50m grant scheme, which will fund thousands of new childcare places and save parents around £5,000 per year. Set to be rolled

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