Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Few mothers helped into work by free three year old childcare places scheme

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Oct-14)

The number of parents helped back into work by the free childcare places for three year olds scheme has been minimal, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found. Estimates suggest only 12,000 mothers have been helped.....    read full article

National Children’s hour launched as country’s clocks go back

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Oct-14)

A charity event encouraging parents to spend more time with their children will launch this Sunday to coincide with the clocks going back an hour, marking the end of British summer time. The first National Children’s Hour event.....    read full article

New childcare minister says school-led nurseries will be at heart of Government education plan

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

Childcare and Education minister Sam Gyimah has outlined his plans to create greater partnerships between schools and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers to improve early years education in the childcare sector. In.....    read full article

State of the Nation report advises Government to reset ambitions or risk rise in poverty

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

The Government has been urged to focus on making all young children school ready by 2025 in the State of the Nation report on child poverty and social mobility in the UK. The report has been created by a government-formed commission.....    read full article

Childcare minister says nurseries 'must do more' to make children school-ready

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah, has said “more must be done” by nurseries to make sure children make good progress, after new figures showed too few children are ready for school. The statistics.....    read full article

Boys & Girls Nursery continues to expand

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

The nursery chain, Boys & Girls Nursery, is continuing to expand and has opened a fourth nursery in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. The nursery, which opened its doors at the beginning of October in Chorleywood.....    read full article

Animal campaigners urge parents not to buy pet turtles because of Ninja Turtles film

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

The animal rights charity, PETA, is urging parents not to rush out and buy a pet turtle such as a terrapin for their child, after watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. The film is on general.....    read full article

New nursery seeing double with four sets of twins

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

A nursery in Southport has only been open for six months and in that short space of time, four sets of twins have joined the setting. Jayne Hayes, owner of Monkey Puzzle nursery said: “I can't believe it. Having one set of twins,.....    read full article

Parents urged to take part in jigsaw puzzle appeal for children's hospitals

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

Jumbo Games and Hobbycraft stores have joined forces with six hospitals in an appeal for people to donate their old jigsaw puzzles. People can drop off their old and used jigsaw puzzles at certain Hobbycraft.....    read full article

Ofsted introduces common inspection framework to standardise nurseries, school and college inspections

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Oct-14)

From next September Ofsted will introduce a new common inspection framework which is set to standardise their inspections across nurseries, schools and colleges. It is hoped the new standardised approach will help parents compare.....    read full article

Three quarters of parents have made no plan in case they die

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

Parents have blamed busy lives, lack of information and a reluctance to think about death for failing to make any plans for their children should they die unexpectedly. Although three quarters of parents believe it is important.....    read full article

Education researchers urged not to overlook early years period

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

England’s largest early years membership organisation, the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has criticised a study from the Institute of Education (IOE) for only focusing on children aged five and upwards. The study, which saw the.....    read full article

Inner city day nursery redevelops outdoor play provision

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Oct-14)

Outdoor play is widely promoted by early years experts as essential for pre-school development. For day nurseries without easy access to parks or woodland, a design-led approach becomes necessary. Green Dragon Primary School, in.....    read full article

Nurseries urged to spend extra funding for disadvantaged children 'wisely'

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Sep-14)

The head of a charity, which works to break the link between family income and educational achievement, is urging nurseries to spend the Early Years Pupil Premium wisely. The extra funding for disadvantaged.....    read full article

Twinkles Nurseries chain opens fifth nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Sep-14)

The Twinkles Nurseries chain has opened its fifth nursery in Yorkshire. Twinkles White Rose Nursery joins Twinkles Wetherby, Twinkles Boston Spa, Twinkles Leeds City Centre and Twinkles Knaresborough. The.....    read full article

Plan for nurseries in Wales to have highly skilled bilingual workforce

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Sep-14)

The Welsh Government has published its draft ten-year plan to develop a 'highly skilled workforce to improve early years education in Wales'. The draft plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce.....    read full article

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