Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Redwoods Dowling Kerr celebrate sale of Manchester day nursery

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Feb-15)

Davyhulme Nursery, situated in Greater Manchester, has recently been sold to First for Childcare Ltd, by Redwoods Dowling Kerr. The group own a number of nurseries and purchased Providence Day Nursery from Redwoods Dowling Kerr.....    read full article

Colin Firth lends supports to new Action for Stammering Children appeal

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Feb-15)

Award winning actor, Colin Firth and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls have lent their support to Action for Stammering’s (ASC) latest appeal to help children in the UK who have a stammer. The ‘Unlock a Child’s Voice’.....    read full article

Fishponds nursery receives glowing report from local council

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (23-Feb-15)

Childcare group Mama Bear’s are celebrating after their nursery in Thicket Avenue, Fishponds, received high praise after a recent visit from the Early Years and Childcare Service team of Bristol City Council. Inspections.....    read full article

Lib Dems pledge to save families £2,670 a year through free childcare

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Feb-15)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has announced his plans to extend free childcare for working families if the party gets into power at the next general election. The policy would entitle all children with working parents aged.....    read full article

Dads should talk to employers ahead of new parental leave rights

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Feb-15)

Prospective fathers are being urged to speak to their employers ahead of the change in parental leave rights allowing dads to share the first 50 weeks of leave from 5 April 2015. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.....    read full article

Overweight mothers risk the future health of unborn babies

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Feb-15)

A link between overweight women during pregnancy and the future health of their babies has been discovered. According to the Dorian Consortium, gaining too much weight during pregnancy was found to increase the chance an obese.....    read full article

Only one in five parents read to their children before bedtime

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Feb-15)

Research commissioned by Alton Towers Resort reveals that parents are failing to find the time to read to their children, with time-pressed mums feeling the burden more than most. Although three-quarters.....    read full article

Ofsted to be present at every regional NDNA event in 2015

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Feb-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has announced that a senior representative from childcare regulator Ofsted will be attending every regional member event in England held by the charity during 2015. Childcare.....    read full article

Government pledges to spend £8.5m on early intervention

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-15)

The Government has announced it is to spend £8.5m on schemes to support children early on in their lives, rather than picking up the pieces later on. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, revealed the investment.....    read full article

Pregnant women reminded to stay clear of sheep during lambing season

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-15)

The Government has put out a reminder to pregnant women to avoid close contact with sheep or other farm animals that are giving birth, as they present a potential infection risk. Although the number of human.....    read full article

Government doubles tax-free childcare for parents of disabled children

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-15)

The Government has announced it is doubling the maximum amount of money that parents of disabled children can pay into their childcare scheme accounts, from £8,000 up to £16,000. The tax-free childcare.....    read full article

Parents get the chance to vote in 2015 Nursery awards

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Jan-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched their 2015 nursery awards in the form of a new website where parents can vote for nurseries that they think deserve special recognition. Votes can be made online at a.....    read full article

Parents report feeling pressured to buy junk food for their children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Jan-15)

Parents in the UK feel pressured into buying junk food for their children that has previously been advertising on TV, according to research published by the British Heart Foundation (BHF.) The survey has been published in time.....    read full article

Clifton day nursery awarded new outstanding rating

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Jan-15)

A recently renovated day nursery in the Clifton area of Bristol has been rated as ‘Dark Green’ following its most recent Quality Improvement Framework (QIF) inspection, conducted by Bristol City Council. Mama.....    read full article

Number of cancer deaths in children and young people down almost 60 per cent

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

The number of deaths causes by cancer in children and young people has dropped by almost 60 per cent in the last 40 years, according to charity Cancer Research UK. The reduction in the number of cases is.....    read full article

Restricting tablet use as a bribe or punishment makes children want technology more

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

Tablets, smart phones and other devices should not be used to reward or punish children because it will only make them want technology more, leading psychologist Dr Katrina Kantartzis has warned. The 2015.....    read full article

Average cost of raising a child reaches £230,000

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

Childcare is the biggest expense for parents bringing up children in 2015, accounting for 62 per cent of the overall costs of raising a child to the age of 21. The findings have been published by the Centre.....    read full article

Lib Dems manifesto pledges to end illiteracy by 2025

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jan-15)

Nick Clegg has pledged to end illiteracy by 2025 by ensuring children born in 2014 can read and write when they leave primary school, if the Liberal Democrats come into power. Revealing manifesto plans of the political party.....    read full article

London parents should vaccinate children against flu as virus rates increase

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jan-15)

Public Health England has urged parents in London to protect their children against illness by accessing the free flu vaccine that all two, three and four year olds are entitled to. Vaccination rates for children of this age.....    read full article

Families living below the minimum income standard up by a third

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Jan-15)

Families with children have shown the highest increase in households unable to afford the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) of living since 2010, Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest report has revealed. The.....    read full article