Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Parents get the chance to vote in 2015 Nursery awards

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Jan-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched their 2015 nursery awards in the form of a new website where parents can vote for nurseries that they think deserve special recognition. Votes can be made online at a.....    read full article

Parents report feeling pressured to buy junk food for their children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Jan-15)

Parents in the UK feel pressured into buying junk food for their children that has previously been advertising on TV, according to research published by the British Heart Foundation (BHF.) The survey has been published in time.....    read full article

Clifton day nursery awarded new outstanding rating

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Jan-15)

A recently renovated day nursery in the Clifton area of Bristol has been rated as ‘Dark Green’ following its most recent Quality Improvement Framework (QIF) inspection, conducted by Bristol City Council. Mama.....    read full article

Number of cancer deaths in children and young people down almost 60 per cent

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

The number of deaths causes by cancer in children and young people has dropped by almost 60 per cent in the last 40 years, according to charity Cancer Research UK. The reduction in the number of cases is.....    read full article

Restricting tablet use as a bribe or punishment makes children want technology more

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

Tablets, smart phones and other devices should not be used to reward or punish children because it will only make them want technology more, leading psychologist Dr Katrina Kantartzis has warned. The 2015.....    read full article

Average cost of raising a child reaches £230,000

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

Childcare is the biggest expense for parents bringing up children in 2015, accounting for 62 per cent of the overall costs of raising a child to the age of 21. The findings have been published by the Centre.....    read full article

Lib Dems manifesto pledges to end illiteracy by 2025

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jan-15)

Nick Clegg has pledged to end illiteracy by 2025 by ensuring children born in 2014 can read and write when they leave primary school, if the Liberal Democrats come into power. Revealing manifesto plans of the political party.....    read full article

London parents should vaccinate children against flu as virus rates increase

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jan-15)

Public Health England has urged parents in London to protect their children against illness by accessing the free flu vaccine that all two, three and four year olds are entitled to. Vaccination rates for children of this age.....    read full article

Families living below the minimum income standard up by a third

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Jan-15)

Families with children have shown the highest increase in households unable to afford the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) of living since 2010, Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest report has revealed. The.....    read full article

More than 200 companies and venues give support to Disabled Access Day

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jan-15)

Disabled Access Day will take place on Saturday 17 January 2015 and more than 200 companies across the UK have given their support to the new initiative to encourage people living with disabilities and their friends and family members.....    read full article

Councils urged to give nurseries business rate relief as NDNA launches new survey

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jan-15)

Fears about business rates for day nurseries raised by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have prompted minister for childcare, Sam Gyimah, to ask local councils in England to offer a discount to private day nurseries. They.....    read full article

Nurseries forced to increase fees to parents due to Government funding shortfall

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jan-15)

Nurseries are being forced to increase their fees to parents who pay for additional hours or for younger children not eligible for funded places to make up the funding shortfall, according to a new survey. The.....    read full article

Teletubbies founder awarded honorary degree

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

Anne Wood, television producer of co-founder of Teletubbies, has been awarded an honorary degree by Sheffield University. She is one of the UK’s most prolific children’s television producers and is responsible.....    read full article

Childcare should be shared equally between couples, says survey

Nina Hathway, News Editor (13-Jan-15)

As Shared Parental Leave is set to become law in April, a survey by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found that more than half of the UK believes that childcare should be shared equally between parents......    read full article

Groundbreaking parenting programme helps dads bond with their children

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

The first dads to go on a new parenting skills course have all completed the course run by Stirling Council and have been singing its praises. The Mellow Dads' 14-week programme, run by the Positive Changes team,.....    read full article

Napping in the day helps babies’ memory development

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

Daytime naps of 30 minutes or more help babies to retain and remember new behaviours, according to a new study. Babies devote the majority of their time to sleeping, but until now very little was known about.....    read full article

Local authorities embark on early years pupil premium pilot study

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Jan-15)

New government funding to help the most disadvantaged children receive high-quality early education has now been implemented in seven local authorities as a pilot scheme that precedes the national roll out in April 2015......    read full article

Government flu campaign relaunched to help combat rise in flu cases

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

The ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’ campaign was initially launched in 2013 to encourage good hand hygiene practice to prevent the spread of the flu virus. The decision by Public Health England (PHE) comes as.....    read full article

Childcare costs make a case for the family vote being key at the ballot box

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Jan-15)

Charity 4Children fear that many parents will be compelled to give up work in 2015 because of financial stress, after a survey of 1,000 parents found that 18 per cent were reviewing their employment situation. The survey, carried.....    read full article

Village day nursery announces relocation and new jobs

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Jan-15)

After 25 years of providing a highly-regarded day nursery service, the owners of north Durham’s Shotley Bridge Nursery School Ltd have announced a relocation to new premises, in time for the new term in September 2015. Looking to expand on current.....    read full article