Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Portsmouth's pilot nurseries get more money to deliver 30 hours free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor (23-Jun-16)

Portsmouth nurseries taking part in the Government’s 30 hours free childcare pilot have been given more funding to deliver it. Portsmouth City Council has received a rate rise for the Government scheme.....

Children don't learn value of turn-taking until they are five

Angeline Albert, News Editor (23-Jun-16)

Taking turns is a skill not learnt until children are five-years-old, research involving chimps has revealed. Academics from Warwick Business School say it takes children until they are five-years-old.....

Cameron joins British nursery children voting with their tastebuds

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

In EU referendum-style, children from Busy Bees nurseries (including a boy named Cameron) have been voting to stick with or leave healthy dishes served up for them on Britain’s kids channel E.Bop.tv. The.....

Children as young as one are victims of online sex abuse in UK

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

Some 3,186 internet-related sex crimes were committed against children last year, including more than 100 rapes, according to police figures gained by the charity NSPCC. Children as young as one-year-old.....

Ex-England player opens two more nurseries

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

A former England and Liverpool FC player turned successful childcare provider opened two nurseries on Monday. The retired international player Rob Jones and his wife Sue, co-founders of Evolution Childcare,.....

Early years practitioners lack confidence when using technology to develop children's literacy

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jun-16)

Technology has become a part of daily life for people across the world with adults and children often using touch screens before they can walk and talk. The use of technology and touchscreens in early years is a contentious issue,.....

Childcare minister defends Government's commitment to sector saying underfunding is a 'myth'

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Jun-16)

Nurseries have been told not to ‘underestimate the Government’s commitment to the sector' by childcare minister Sam Gyimah, who said the whole issue of underfunding is a ‘myth’. The statement angered some.....

Queen's birthday honours list sees NDNA trustees recognised

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Jun-16)

Two long-serving National Day Nurseries Association trustees have been honoured on the Queen’s birthday honours list. Former Scotland national chair, Jacqui Drinkwater received an OBE, Order of the British Empire, and NDNA’s current.....

Bristol nursery benefits from additional funding after being rated 'Good' by Ofsted

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Jun-16)

Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school in Soundwell, Bristol will benefit from a two-year funding scheme after their nursery was awarded a 'Good' rating by Ofsted during its latest inspection. The.....

Parents urged not to buy pet turtles in wake of new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jun-16)

The animal rights organisation PETA is calling on parents not to give in to the demands of their children and buy a pet turtle in the wake of the new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Out of the Shadows. After.....

Nursery hit by floods helps write children's book showing effect on people's lives

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Jun-16)

A manager at a nursery in Carlisle which was severely flooded during Storm Desmond earlier this year, has collaborated on a children’s book which explores the fears and uncertainties felt by children affected by the floods. Thousands.....

Being cute helps babies to survive

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Jun-16)

Big eyes and chubby cheeks help babies to survive as cuteness triggers caregiving behaviour, according to a new study by Oxford University. The research revealed cuteness is a very potent protective mechanism.....

London Fire Brigade called out four times a day to rescue children stuck in toilet seats and cots

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jun-16)

Fire chiefs are calling on parents to keep a closer eye on their children, revealing that crews receive an average of four call outs a day to rescue children stuck in railings, potties and toilet seats. In.....

'Caring for You' campaign supports quality maternity care as 'midwife burn-out' leads to safety fears

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Jun-16)

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a new campaign ‘Caring for You’, to improve midwives’ and maternity support workers’ (MSW) health, safety and well-being at work, enabling them to provide high-quality maternity care.....

Angellica Bell narrates interactive storybook to foster children's love of reading

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Jun-16)

BookTrust, Britain’s largest reading charity, has partnered with children’s television presenter Angellica Bell to bring this year's National Bookstart Week title to life in an interactive storybook. Angellica.....

Half-term entertainment set to cost working parents over £400

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (31-May-16)

According to new research, funding children’s activities this half-term can cost working parents upwards of £400, despite trying to find them for free, according to a survey conducted by Voucherbox. To keep.....

One third of children start school feeling anxious about bedwetting

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-May-16)

A new report has revealed that one third of children feel anxious about attending sleepovers because they wet the bed, while almost half of parents (46 per cent) reveal their child is still wetting the bed when they start school. In.....

Methadone responsible for half of toddler deaths from accidental drug poisoning

Sue Learner, Editor (18-May-16)

Methadone, the medicine used to help heroin addicts kick their habit, has been found to be the most common cause of accidental deaths from prescribed drugs among British toddlers. The research published online.....

Two children in every class of five-year-olds have significant language disorders

Sue Learner, Editor (17-May-16)

Around two children in every Year 1 class in primary school will experience a significant language disorder that affects their learning, according to a new study. The UCL-led research into language impairment.....

Junk food advertising facing ban in bid to tackle childhood obesity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-May-16)

Today the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) launched a full public consultation into the introduction of new rules on the advertising of food and drink products to children in non-broadcast media, including online. The.....