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Babies in the womb capable of recognising nursery rhymes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-14)

The ability of babies to learn even when they are in the womb should not be underestimated, according to researchers, who found unborn babies can recognise nursery rhymes by the time the mother is 34 weeks pregnant. Many… read full article

Criticism over plans for schools to give priority admission to children who attend their nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

New admission plans by the Government, will give children from deprived backgrounds who attend a school nursery, priority when applying for a place at the school. The proposal is part of a consultation on 'Changes… read full article

Childbase Partnership nursery staff embark on £50K fundraising bike ride

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

The boss of Childbase Partnership nursery chain accompanied by five nursery staff are going on a 767 mile fundraising cycle ride, which involves going to every one of the Partnership’s 47 nurseries. The team hopes… read full article

Number of Welsh children benefiting from Flying Start rises by a third

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

A third more children in Wales benefited from the early years programme, Flying Start, in 2012-13 compared to 2013-14, according to new figures from the Welsh Government. The Flying Start programme offers disadvantaged… read full article

Nurseries see new childcare minister as 'opportunity for a fresh start'

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

The early years sector has welcomed the appointment of Sam Gyimah as the new minister responsible for childcare and the early years, calling it an “opportunity for a fresh start”. Mr Gyimah replaces Elizabeth Truss,… read full article

New childcare minister is Sam Gyimah

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education last week, has confirmed on Twitter he will be responsible for childcare and the early years. Mr… read full article

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Why Kendor Day Nursery won top recommended nursery in the UK

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

In July 2010, Claire Hatton opened a nursery in her grandparents’ old home. Only four years on and she has won top recommended nursery in the UK. The awards run by, leading online guide – read full article

'Big Mother' is watching you: Increasing number of nurseries using webcams and CCTV

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Jul-14)article from 'Features' section

Initially launched in American nurseries over a decade ago, to enable parents to view their child and monitor their care, webcams and CCTV technology are now being increasingly used in UK nurseries. Researchers – read full article

Good hand hygiene means children can play in the dirt

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Jul-14)article from 'Features' section

Being both dirty and hygienic within early years settings might seem like a contradiction, but professionals at The Spanish Nursery and Children's Centre for Culture and Language in North London believe one complements the other and stress that messy play is an important part of pre-school – read full article

'The best classroom has no ceiling' says Forest School leader

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Jul-14)article from 'Innovative Nursery' section

Louise King, a nursery practitioner at The Old Station Nursery at Henley on Thames, has such a passion for outdoor learning, she is training to become a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Children at the nursery – read full article

Should nurseries allow parents to watch their child using webcams?

(02-Jul-14)article from 'Debate' section

Dan Powick, owner, Rendlesham Day Nursery and Bridge Farm Day Nursery
YES - When Dan Powick opened Rendlesham nursery with his wife Tina in 2005, one of the first things they did was to fit webcams into the nursery. Mr Powick only wanted to employ staff members who felt confident enough in their own skills to be happy to work with...

Karen Quinton, manager, Bright Stars Childcare Services
NO - Karen Quinton operates Bright Stars Childcare Services in her family home in Sutton-in-Ashfield and believes the use of webcams in childcare settings are “obtrusive.” Ms Quinton said: “My staff and I work hard to build strong relationships and trust with...

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Nurseries to decide how they spend Early Years Pupil Premium

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jun-14)article from 'News Analysis' section

Nurseries will be free to decide how they spend the Early Years Pupil Premium, a £50m fund, that has been launched to help boost the development of children from disadvantaged families. The Department for – read full article

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QCF Level 2 Paediatric First Aid

Date: Saturday 09 Aug 2014 – Sunday 10 Aug 2014   Location: Coalville, Leicestershire
Organiser: HDP Education Solutions Ltd   Contact: 01530 451217   more details   website

QCF Level 2 Paediatric First Aid

Date: Saturday 13 Sep 2014 – Sunday 14 Sep 2014   Location: Coalville, Leicstershire
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Childcare Expo Midlands

Date: Friday 26 Sep 2014 – Saturday 27 Sep 2014   Location: Ricoh Arena, Coventry
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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  

kidsunlimited Summer Learning Fun Club

Date: Tuesday 01 Jul 2014 – Friday 29 Aug 2014   Location: Nationwide
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Holiday Club

Date: Thursday 24 Jul 2014 – Tuesday 02 Sep 2014   Organiser: Dappledown House Nursery   Contact: 01400250358   more details   website

Bramley Pips Exploration Camp

Date: Thursday 24 Jul 2014 – Tuesday 02 Sep 2014   Location: Morton
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Open Week

Date: Monday 28 Jul 2014 – Friday 01 Aug 2014   Location: Meadow View Day Nursery
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Graduation Ceremony

Date: Tuesday 29 Jul 2014   Organiser: Treetops Nursery - (Cheam)   Contact: 0208 393 8775   more details   website