Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Mum celebrates success of children’s book being awarded top prize

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Mar-15)

Jenny Albums’ latest children’s picture book, ‘Tell Me About Heaven, Grandpa Rabbit!’ has been awarded Gold in the children’s book category of the Prima Baby Awards. Other reputable publishers including, Bloomsbury, Egmont and.....    read full article

Information on childcare places to be published with school performance tables

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Mar-15)

Schools will publish information on childcare availability with league tables to give parents easy access to information. The information will detail school places, after school care availability, holiday care and full-time nursery.....    read full article

Thousands of children wash their hands as part of good hygiene campaign

Nina Hathway, News Editor (24-Mar-15)

More than 5,000 children in nurseries across the UK have been celebrating and learning about healthy living as part of a national campaign organised by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). NDNA.....    read full article

Budget: Funding for maternal mental health but Government ignores child poverty

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

Children’s charities welcomed the announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has secured £1.25bn of new funding as part of the budget to help children and new mothers with mental health issues. Over.....    read full article

Early writing skills boosted by mark-making training

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Mar-15)

Nursery staff from the Kiddi Caru nursery group have received specialist training on mark making to promote nursery childrens’ curiosity and interest in writing. During training the 25 attending staff discussed in detail key ways.....    read full article

Half of single parents forced to borrow to pay childcare costs

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

Half of single parents have been forced to borrow money from friends, family or banks to pay for childcare in the last two years, according to a new study. The report by Gingerbread Paying the price: The.....    read full article

Childcare minister announces £2m funding for integrated early years and health checks

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Mar-15)

Childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, has announced funding of £2.2m for local authorities to help them implement the new joined-up early years and health checks for two-year-olds. The reforms will give parents.....    read full article

Childcare minister launches guide for parents on child development

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Mar-15)

National children and families charity, 4Children, has launched ‘What to Expect, When’, a booklet aimed at helping parents to understand their child’s learning and development from the age of 0-5, with the support of the minister.....    read full article

Ofsted report spells out significant concerns about child social care

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Mar-15)

Child social care is “inadequate” or “requires improvement” in three-quarters of the local authorities in England inspected by Ofsted last year. Many local authorities and their partners are struggling.....    read full article

Two thirds of men would be happy to be stay-at-home dad

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Mar-15)

Two-thirds of men said they would be happy to be a stay-at-home dad while their partner returns to work, according to a new study. Traditionally mums tend to deal with the majority of childcare, however three.....    read full article

Nurseries urged to voice their concerns before the General Election

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Mar-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association is asking for nursery owners and managers to take part in its third annual workforce survey. The national charity wants to hear the early years workforce’s views on.....    read full article

Redwoods Dowling Kerr celebrates sale of Manchester day nursery

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Feb-15)

Davyhulme Nursery, situated in Greater Manchester, has recently been sold to First for Childcare Ltd, by Redwoods Dowling Kerr. The group own a number of nurseries and purchased Providence Day Nursery from Redwoods Dowling Kerr.....    read full article

Colin Firth lends supports to new Action for Stammering Children appeal

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Feb-15)

Award winning actor, Colin Firth and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls have lent their support to Action for Stammering’s (ASC) latest appeal to help children in the UK who have a stammer. The ‘Unlock a Child’s Voice’.....    read full article

Fishponds nursery receives glowing report from local council

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (23-Feb-15)

Childcare group Mama Bear’s are celebrating after their nursery in Thicket Avenue, Fishponds, received high praise after a recent visit from the Early Years and Childcare Service team of Bristol City Council. Inspections.....    read full article

Lib Dems pledge to save families £2,670 a year through free childcare

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

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has announced his plans to extend free childcare for working families if the party gets into power at the next general election. The policy would entitle all children with working parents aged.....    read full article

Dads should talk to employers ahead of new parental leave rights

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Feb-15)

Prospective fathers are being urged to speak to their employers ahead of the change in parental leave rights allowing dads to share the first 50 weeks of leave from 5 April 2015. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.....    read full article

Overweight mothers risk the future health of unborn babies

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Feb-15)

A link between overweight women during pregnancy and the future health of their babies has been discovered. According to the Dorian Consortium, gaining too much weight during pregnancy was found to increase the chance an obese.....    read full article

Ofsted to be present at every regional NDNA event in 2015

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Feb-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has announced that a senior representative from childcare regulator Ofsted will be attending every regional member event in England held by the charity during 2015. Childcare.....    read full article

Government pledges to spend £8.5m on early intervention

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-15)

The Government has announced it is to spend £8.5m on schemes to support children early on in their lives, rather than picking up the pieces later on. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, revealed the investment.....    read full article

Pregnant women reminded to stay clear of sheep during lambing season

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-15)

The Government has put out a reminder to pregnant women to avoid close contact with sheep or other farm animals that are giving birth, as they present a potential infection risk. Although the number of human.....    read full article