Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Women urged to increase their intake of folic acid

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (29-Jul-15)

A recently launched SafeFood Campaign has urged women who are sexually active to take folic acid, regardless of whether they are planning a pregnancy or not. The campaign has been developed to encourage women to take the Vitamin.....

Lack of outdoor adventures and too much electronic screen time damaging children’s health

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Jul-15)

By spending more than 86 hours of the summer holidays staring at electronic devices, children are missing out on traditional outdoor activities, according to a new study published by Go Ape, an outdoor adventure facility. The study.....

Low pay and rising costs threaten nursery staffing levels

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Jul-15)

The low wages paid to those working in the childcare sector could result in a significant shortfall in the workforce once the economy improves, warns a report published by the University College of London’s Institute of Education.....

Discrimination forces thousands of new mothers out of their jobs

Nina Hathway, News Editor (27-Jul-15)

New research suggests that around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year. These findings are based on a survey of more than 3,200 women by the Equality and Human Rights Commission,.....

Mama Bear's nursery chain continues to expand

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jul-15)

A family run nursery group has acquired its second Plymouth nursery, taking its total number of nurseries to 22. Mama Bear’s Day Nursery group will take over the former Fort View Day Nursery in Crownhill.....

Free early years education closes gap between well-off and poor

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-15)

Free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds is succeeding in closing the gap between children from low-income families and their more well-off counterparts, according to a new report from a longitudinal study. The.....

Bright Horizons sees further expansion by buying Active Learning nursery group

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-15)

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, one of the UK’s leading nursery providers, has acquired Active Learning, which has nine nurseries in the south of England. The deal will take the number of nurseries owned.....

Nursery group first in UK to be approved by Children’s Food Trust

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-15)

A South East nursery group has become the first in the country to receive the Children’s Food Trust’s seal of approval for its menu. The charity’s nutritionists looked at the menu being used by the Toad.....

Nurseries urged to take part in survey to find impact of National Living Wage

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

Nurseries are being urged to take part in a survey of nursery pay rolls to explore the impact that the National Living Wage will have on providers. The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) wants as.....

Schools minister confirms summer-born children still admitted to school against parents' wishes

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Jul-15)

Assessing whether the timing of school admissions can harm the potential of some children’s educational achievement is to be undertaken by the Education Committee, as confirmed in a letter from schools minister Nick Gibb. Education.....

ONS data shows older motherhood is becoming more common

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Jul-15)

Data released by the Office for National Statistics shows an increase in the average age of motherhood, now recording the oldest figure on record of 30.2 years. As well as showing as reduction in teenage pregnancies, the data also.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance launches guide to funding review

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Jul-15)

The Government recently invited nurseries, early years organisations and parents to provide evidence to support a http://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1569511/government-calls-for-evidence-to-support-upcoming-childcare-funding-review.....

Doctors express concerns over excessive sugar consumption in UK diets

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-15)

A new study has highlighted doctors’ concerns over the consumption of sugar in UK diets. The report by the British Medical Association (BMA), titled ‘Food for thought: promoting healthy diets among children and young people’ focuses.....

Building staff teams with Grade C English and Maths GCSEs the focus of new training initiative

Richard Howard, News Editor (14-Jul-15)

Day nursery group Co-operative Childcare has announced its commitment to bringing the educational achievements of colleagues in line with new government standards that demand, as of August 2014, Grade C GCSEs in English and Maths.....

Voice general secretary labels childcare sector the 'Cinderella service'

Richard Howard, News Editor (14-Jul-15)

A failure to recognise the need for significant investment in the early years sector means that childcare remains ‘the poor relation of education’, according to Voice general secretary and former local authority childcare commissioning.....

Latest Ofsted statistics reveal increase in number of 'Good' and 'Outstanding' childcare providers

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Jul-15)

New information published by Ofsted has revealed an increase in the number of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ childcare provisions, in addition to an increase in the number of places available to children. The.....

Charities call for increased funding for early intervention services as billions cut from help for children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Public funding to help children and young people before their problems spiral out of control has been cut by 55 per cent, leaving children and teenagers at greater risk of suffering longer-term difficulties, new research reveals. An.....

Government's 30 hour childcare offer put in jeopardy by chronic childcare shortages

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jun-15)

The Government’s new 30 hour childcare offer will be put at risk by a chronic shortage of childcare places, according to a new report. The new report ‘Access Denied’ by the Family and Childcare Trust reveals.....

Nurseries urged to employ graduates to boost children's language skills

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jun-15)

Nurseries play a vital role in ensuring all children can read well by the age of 11, which is why a literacy campaign group is calling on nurseries to employ at least one graduate member of staff in order to boost children’s language.....

Childcare Reform in Scotland report urges UK and Scottish governments to work together

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jun-15)

Collaborative working is crucial for childcare sector potential to be realised in Scotland, according to a report published today by the Commission for Childcare Reform. Seeking to establish ‘an ambitious.....