Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Lib Dems outline plan to improve status of early years teaching in party manifesto

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

Lib Dems outline plan to improve status of early years teaching in party manifesto Raising the status of early years workers and improving the quality of early years teaching have been highlighted as key issues for the Liberal.....    read full article

Conservatives promise to double free childcare entitlement in manifesto

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Apr-15)

The Conservatives will double the current free childcare entitlement for all three and four year olds from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week if they stay in power after the general election on 7 May. Publishing the party’s manifesto.....    read full article

Labour pledge to restore Sure Start centres as 'family hubs'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Apr-15)

Releasing the Labour manifesto, leader Ed Miliband has pledged to prioritise early intervention and restore the role of Sure Start centres in communities to give families the ‘best start in life’. Mr Milibandpublished the party’s.....    read full article

Teachers vote to boycott testing of four-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Apr-15)

Teachers at the recent NUT conference voted to boycott baseline testing of children in their first few weeks of primary school. The Government plans to start rolling out the scheme in Reception classes in.....    read full article

Calls for early years teachers in every nursery welcomed by NDNA

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Apr-15)

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has welcomed a new report published by Read On, Get On titled 'The Power Of Reading'. Supported by Save the Children, the report calls for there to be early years teachers in all nurseries.....    read full article

New rights outlined for parents using Shared Parental Leave

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Apr-15)

Parents are now eligible to share the responsibility of looking after their children born on or after 5 April. Shared Parental Leave (SPL) entitles parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks’ worth of pay in the first.....    read full article

Mum celebrates success of children’s book being awarded top prize

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

Jenny Albums’ latest children’s picture book, ‘Tell Me About Heaven, Grandpa Rabbit!’ has been awarded Gold in the children’s book category of the Prima Baby Awards. Other reputable publishers including, Bloomsbury, Egmont and.....    read full article

Information on childcare places to be published with school performance tables

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Mar-15)

Schools will publish information on childcare availability with league tables to give parents easy access to information. The information will detail school places, after school care availability, holiday care and full-time nursery.....    read full article

Thousands of children wash their hands as part of good hygiene campaign

Nina Hathway, News Editor (24-Mar-15)

More than 5,000 children in nurseries across the UK have been celebrating and learning about healthy living as part of a national campaign organised by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). NDNA.....    read full article

Budget: Funding for maternal mental health but Government ignores child poverty

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Mar-15)

Children’s charities welcomed the announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has secured £1.25bn of new funding as part of the budget to help children and new mothers with mental health issues. Over.....    read full article

Early writing skills boosted by mark-making training

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Mar-15)

Nursery staff from the Kiddi Caru nursery group have received specialist training on mark making to promote nursery childrens’ curiosity and interest in writing. During training the 25 attending staff discussed in detail key ways.....    read full article

Half of single parents forced to borrow to pay childcare costs

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-15)

Half of single parents have been forced to borrow money from friends, family or banks to pay for childcare in the last two years, according to a new study. The report by Gingerbread Paying the price: The.....    read full article

Childcare minister launches guide for parents on child development

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Mar-15)

National children and families charity, 4Children, has launched ‘What to Expect, When’, a booklet aimed at helping parents to understand their child’s learning and development from the age of 0-5, with the support of the minister.....    read full article

Ofsted report spells out significant concerns about child social care

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Mar-15)

Child social care is “inadequate” or “requires improvement” in three-quarters of the local authorities in England inspected by Ofsted last year. Many local authorities and their partners are struggling.....    read full article

Two thirds of men would be happy to be stay-at-home dad

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Mar-15)

Two-thirds of men said they would be happy to be a stay-at-home dad while their partner returns to work, according to a new study. Traditionally mums tend to deal with the majority of childcare, however three.....    read full article

Nurseries urged to voice their concerns before the General Election

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Mar-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association is asking for nursery owners and managers to take part in its third annual workforce survey. The national charity wants to hear the early years workforce’s views on.....    read full article

Redwoods Dowling Kerr celebrates 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