Day Nursery & Nursery School News

It's not raining men in nurseries but a visit to Childcare Expo can help

Angeline Albert, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

If half the class are boys but it isn’t ‘raining men’ at your nursery, what should pre-school managers be doing to achieve a gender-balanced workforce? That’s just one of the questions many early years practitioners.....

Ofsted chief resigns over 'offensive and damaging' Isle of Wight comments

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Aug-16)

David Hoare, chair of Ofsted, has resigned, following a furore over comments he made saying the Isle of Wight was a ghetto where there was inbreeding, high unemployment and high crime rates. Mr Hoare who.....

Tips for preparing children for starting school

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Aug-16)

It is now only just over a week to go until thousands of four-year-olds start their first day at school. It can be a hugely daunting time both for the child and their parents but there are certain things.....

Rio Olympics 2016 fever grips children across Britain

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

Children as young as one have been kitted out in sporty attire, had their ‘support staff’ apply sunscreen and got active in a series of races in honour of Team GB’s Olympic success in Rio. Double Triathlon.....

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain statutory to provide 'continuity and stability'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Aug-16)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP), which was due to become non-statutory from September 2016, will continue to be mandatory for the 2016-2017 academic year. According to the Standards and Testing.....

Nursery raises over £300 for childhood bereavement charity

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Aug-16)

Busy Bees children’s nursery at Derby Heatherton invited members of the local community to a family-friendly summer fete to help raise money for charity. Children, parents and families gathered at the nursery,.....

Nursery awarded Silver Catering Mark for forming positive eating habits in children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Aug-16)

Blue Door Nursery is the first independent nursery in Wales to receive a Silver Catering Mark by the Soil Association, a prestigious award which recognises the provision of healthy, sustainable food. The Cardiff.....

Caroline Dinenage 'likes' being childcare minister

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

Caroline Dinenage is the new minister responsible for childcare and early years. The Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head, was elected in May 2010 but despite liking a.....

Family-owned nursery group invests £1.2m, creating 50 childcare jobs

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

A Bradford-based day nursery group is investing £1.2m after acquiring two new sites that will create 50 jobs as the business continues to implement its growth plan. Established in 2001 by husband and wife.....

Thérèse Coffey to oversee rural childcare, skills and health as DEFRA Minister

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

As part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) Rural Life Opportunities Brief, it has been announced that improving childcare provision in rural areas is now the responsibility of Environment Minister Thérèse.....

NDNA launches new course to help childcare practitioners raise the quality of teaching

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-16)

The National Day Nurseries Association has launched a new course ‘Quality Teaching in the Early Years’ to help early years professionals to embrace their role as teachers, raising the quality of teaching to highlight to Ofsted the.....

'Poke-Mum's' using Pokémon-Go app to bring on labour

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-16)

Pregnant women having been using the popular Pokémon-Go app to help bring on labour, a new study from parenting site ChannelMum.com has revealed. More than 50 per cent of pregnant women said they plan to use the augmented reality.....

Busy Bees Nurseries acquires Positive Steps Children's Day Nurseries

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Aug-16)

The UK’s largest nursery group, Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd has acquired eight existing settings and one new development site from Positive Steps Children’s Day Nurseries Ltd. Leading day nursery sector broker and advisor, Christie & Co oversaw.....

Grandparents often a vital source of childcare during school holidays

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jul-16)

Grandparents often step-in and hold the fort with childcare, particularly during the long school holidays, according to new research. The study commissioned by Europcar revealed the average grandparent spends.....

Toddler allegedly assaulted by staff at nursery shut down by Ofsted

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Jul-16)

Greater Manchester Police is investigating an alleged assault on a toddler at Rainbows End Nursery, which has been temporarily shut down by Ofsted. The early years regulator has temporarily suspended the.....

Post-reshuffle school delay sparks fear early years funding will be pushed back too

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Jul-16)

The childcare sector is urging Education Secretary Justine Greening not to put off plans for a new early years funding formula, after she delayed the rollout of a funding formula for schools until 2018-19. The.....

Two hour ordeal: Child trapped in nursery's minibus during heatwave

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Jul-16)

A child was taken to hospital after being left alone in a minibus for more than two hours during a heatwave. On 19 July, the toddler was found inside the minibus outside Meithrinfa Camau Bach nursery in.....

Britain faces summer holiday childcare shortage

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Jul-16)

Despite the summer holidays fast approaching, most councils in England, Scotland and Wales have said they cannot give parents the childcare cover they need. A survey by the Family and Childcare Trust (FACT),.....

New Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman appointed

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jul-16)

The Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced Amanda Spielman is the new chief inspector of Ofsted, the nurseries and schools watchdog. The Privy Council, which includes current and former ministers.....

Home-cooked infant meals have more fat and salt than ready meals

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jul-16)

Young children given home cooked meals are eating more fat and salt than those who get shop-bought ready-made meals say academics. The majority of home-cooked meals for babies and children up to the age.....