Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Only 12 per cent of schools plan to provide places for disadvantaged two year olds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Sep-14)

Compared to 40 per cent of nurseries, child-minders and pre-schools, only 12 per cent of schools have made provisions to offer funded places for the most disadvantaged two year olds. Leaders from the childcare sector have reacted.....    read full article

Classic play activities taught to modern dads at pop up workshops

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Sep-14)

Kite making, Lego engineering and rocket building workshops are being offered to dads throughout September and October to teach them skills they can use to play with their children at home. Launched by,.....    read full article

New trolleys for disabled children at Sainbury’s will ‘revolutionise’ shopping trips

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Sep-14)

From this week Sainsbury’s stores throughout the country will be offering shopping trolleys specially designed to keep disabled children safe and secure on shopping trips. Parents of disabled children are set to benefit from.....    read full article

Presumed dangers of technology related play for children exaggerated by media

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Sep-14)

The importance and lifelong value of play is being explored in a new online course run by Sheffield University. The seven week course ‘Exploring Play’ is set to provide students with an exploration of the.....    read full article

PACEY expands membership to include students and whole nursery settings

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

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has announced two new membership offers for access to its training support and improvement provision. Early years students can now have access to membership.....    read full article

Oxford University develops first global standards to assess healthy growth of babies

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

The first international standards setting out how babies should grow if their mothers have adequate health, nutrition, medical care and socioeconomic status, have been developed by a global team led by scientists from Oxford University. The.....    read full article

Kate Middleton advised to drink flat coke to combat morning sickness

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Sep-14)

A leading pregnancy expert has advised the Duchess of Cambridge to try drinking flat coke to relieve her morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum. News of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy was confirmed.....    read full article

Ferryhill day nursery's e-portal is a UK first

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Sep-14)

Owners of Child's Play Private Nursery, in Ferryhill, have invested in an innovative e-portal that enables parents to feel more involved and informed on learning progress and child development. By utilising the potential.....    read full article

Busy Bees launches apprenticeship scheme for other early years' settings

Nina Hathway, News Editor (02-Sep-14)

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare provider, has launched an apprenticeship training programme to encourage industrywide best practice and raise the bar for quality childcare provision. Busy Bees.....    read full article

New resources launched for parents whose children are starting school

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Aug-14)

PACEY, the professional body for childminders and day nurseries, want to ensure that parents have more help when it comes to overseeing their children starting school. Having conducted a survey on how parents.....    read full article

Big Issue helps social enterprise firm acquire nursery in north west England to boost local jobs

Nina Hathway, News Editor (20-Aug-14)

Big Issue Invest (BII), the social investment arm of The Big Issue magazine, has loaned £75,000 to a Salford-based social enterprise, Social adVentures, to help it acquire a local day care nursery – Cheeky Monkeys – to help promote.....    read full article

Wiltshire nursery closed by Ofsted after woman arrested

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Aug-14)

Regulatory inspection body Ofsted has closed the Little Angels Nursery located in Calne, Wiltshire after a woman was arrested on Saturday. A Notice of Suspension posted outside the nursery stated: “The purpose of the suspension.....    read full article

Childcare costs 'tough to manage' for nearly half of British families

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Aug-14)

The cost of childcare has been described as ‘tough to manage financially’ by 45 per cent of families in a new report on the pressures facing modern family life today. The ‘Family Generations and Financial.....    read full article

Prime Minister pledges to 'support and strengthen' family life

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Aug-14)

More relationship counselling services, an improved adoption process and extra support for new parents will be announced by David Cameron today to do more to help families stay together. The Prime Minister will describe family.....    read full article

Charity urges children to reconnect with nature and have a Wild Summer

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Aug-14)

The Wildlife Trusts has launched a free guide to help families create their own nature adventures. My Wild Summer is a wildlife and activity guide jam-packed with ideas and information, complemented by online.....    read full article

Childcare unaffordable for families on national minimum wage

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Aug-14)

Childcare has become unaffordable for families on the national minimum wage, according to a new report. A study published by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).....    read full article

Nursery chain's charity bike ride hit by tail end of hurricane

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Aug-14)

A Childbase Partnership fundraising bike ride has reached its halfway point, despite having to cope with torrential rain and high wind and an accident involving a HGV lorry. Mike Thompson, the boss of the.....    read full article

Bond formed between Kent and Ugandan pre-schools

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Aug-14)

A former graduate assistant at Northbourne Park School (NPS), in South East Kent, is visiting a Southern Ugandan school this month after the two facilities struck up a long-distance relationship. This story.....    read full article

Kiddi Caru calls for nurseries to stop serving fruit juices and fruit squash drinks

Nina Hathway, News Editor (06-Aug-14)

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the health of children, nursery provider Kiddi Caru has always served only water and milk at its settings. The nursery group is now urging other nurseries to follow suit and to eliminate.....    read full article

Play is vital for children's health, social and educational development, says research

Nina Hathway, News Editor (06-Aug-14)

Children and young people from all over the UK joined community events to celebrate Playday – the national day for play that traditionally takes place on the first Wednesday of August – as a new report highlights for the first.....    read full article