Day Nursery & Nursery School News

The Early Intervention Foundation calls for 'services to suit families'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Nov-14)

Children and families are being caught in a complex system when seeking help and support, according to a new report published today, by The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF). The EIF is one of the ‘What Works’ centres established.....    read full article

School teacher buys Torquay day nursery

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Nov-14)

A private day nursery has been bought by a school teacher who will now take over Peek-A-Boo Childcare nursery in Shiphay, Torquay. First time buyer Alexandra Bithell is a local teacher in Torquay and has taken over the nursery.....    read full article

Co-operative day nurseries celebrate charity fundraiser and letter from the Queen

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Nov-14)

Children from the Co-operative Childcare nurseries have been celebrating two recent successes, including participating in a charity fundraising initiative and receiving a letter from the Queen. The Co-operative Childcare nursery.....    read full article

Attainment gap remains between autumn and summer born children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Nov-14)

Despite an improvement in the amount of children achieving a good level of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, an attainment gap remains between autumn and summer born children. The proportion of spring and.....    read full article

Fruit and vegetable games inspire children to try healthy foods

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Nov-14)

Nurseries could use fruit and vegetable themed games to inspire children in their care to eat a healthier diet as they grow up. A selection of Berkshire nursery children were surveyed by The University of Reading and toddlers were.....    read full article

Bristol day nursery group celebrates the opening of a new nursery

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Nov-14)

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery group is celebrating the success of opening its twentieth premises in Bradley Stoke. The Bristol based group’s newest nursery is situated on the previous Butterflies Day Nursery site.....    read full article

Latest Ofsted statistics reveal a decline in the number of childcare providers

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Nov-14)

The number of registered childcare providers has fallen, however the number of early years places offered has increased, according to new figures from Ofsted. The figures revealed that there were 90,972 childcare providers registered.....    read full article

Nursery raises funds for baby charity with Miffy the bunny visit

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Nov-14)

The Cainscross Co-operative Childcare nursery in Stroud recently held a bake sale to raise funds for the charity Bliss, which cares for premature and sick babies. The children received a special visit from.....    read full article

Practical new tool leads the way to adventurous playtime

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Nov-14)

A new practical tool has been launched today by The Play Safety Forum to combat the ‘cotton wool culture’ that constricts children’s play. The idea is supported by the UK Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and.....    read full article

Parents could face higher childcare costs because of funding gap

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Nov-14)

Nurseries will be forced to charge parents higher fees, unless the Government addresses the funding gap in the free childcare scheme, warns the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Currently all disadvantaged two-year-olds.....    read full article

Hidden sugar content of children's fruit juices revealed

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

Some children’s juices that are considered healthy contain unnecessary levels of sugar and calories, contributing to tooth decay, type two diabetes and obesity, according to a new survey by Action on Sugar. The.....    read full article

Kiddi Caru celebrates Phonics success

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

Kiddi Caru has recently invested in a brand new Phonics training initiative to ensure that it can provide the best learning environment for children. The programme will pay dividends to children and staff at.....    read full article

Questions raised over independence of new Children’s Commissioner

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

Nursery providers, early years experts and childminders have been out in force on Twitter protesting over the Government’s ‘preferred candidate’ for the new Children’s Commissioner. Last week, the Department.....    read full article

The Pre-school Learning Alliance opens new Beijing office

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is celebrating the success of opening a new office in Beijing. The Alliance is working alongside China based organisation I-Best and the China Education Association for.....    read full article

Business leaders call for free childcare to be extended to one-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

The CBI, a business lobbying organisation, is urging the Government to help boost living standards for low income and working families, by extending free childcare to one and two-year-olds, as well raising the threshold for National.....    read full article

Helmets to correct deformed infant skulls offer little benefit

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

A study into the most effective treatment for deformed infant skulls has found no significant difference between children who wore moulding helmets and those who had not. There has been an increase in cranial deformity in recent.....    read full article

English National Opera to perform first ever show for children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

Children will be able to attend the first ever opera aimed at children after a popular children’s book has been adapted for performance by the English National Opera. The opera has been named after the book.....    read full article

Half of parents won't let children play unsupervised, despite remembering their own childhood freedom

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Nov-14)

Although they believe freedom to play and take risks is an important part of a child’s development, half of parents do not let their children play outside without supervision. A survey exploring parent’s and children’s opinions.....    read full article

Anne Longfield named strongest candidate for Children’s Commissioner for England

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Nov-14)

The current chief executive of national charity 4Children has been named as the preferred candidate for the next children's commissioner for England by the Secretary of State for Education. In a letter to the chair of the Education.....    read full article

Family friendly Busy Bees day nursery cares for both children and working parents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Nov-14)

A London nursery will provide nutritional take away meals for children, help for parents using the London underground and instant access to childcare professionals for parents, when it opens next week. Nursery chain Busy Bees.....    read full article