Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

Tiny tot Tanjida Amreen turned up alone at the doorstep of her home, having walked out of her nursery undetected. The three-year-old girl cheated death several times by crossing main roads to greet her shocked.....

France's biggest private nursery chain buys 16 British nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Jan-17)

Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR) which owns more than 300 nurseries in France and Germany, is now entering the UK nursery market by buying the Magic Nurseries chain. Tom Reed founded Magic Nurseries in.....

Inspectors rate 35% of Asquith nurseries Outstanding

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

More than a third (35 per cent) of settings in the Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre Schools group have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted- a whopping 33 out of 94 sites. This includes 10 nurseries in the group.....

Parents ditch lullabies for Ed Sheeran and Adele songs to get their children to sleep

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Jan-17)

Parents are shunning lullabies to get their children to sleep and instead are opting for pop songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele. Singing to young children is still seen as very important, however.....

Childcare minister's Lambeth Walk boosts REAL literacy campaign

Angeline Albert, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

“Every child, no matter what their background or circumstance, should experience the joy of reading widely and well”, childcare minister Caroline Dinenage said during a visit to Lambeth. Her comment was.....

Government pledges almost £60m to support special educational needs and disabilities reforms

Charley Walker, News Editor (11-Jan-17)

The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families has confirmed funding of nearly £60m to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding will be used to.....

Children's author Ian Whybrow backs nursery reading campaign

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Jan-17)

Ian Whybrow, author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, is backing a campaign by nursery chain Busy Bees to encourage more parents to read to their children. To launch the campaign ‘Bringing Stories.....

Government announces £50m project to create thousands of free childcare places for 'hard-working' families

Charley Walker, News Editor (10-Jan-17)

The Education Secretary has announced the successful local authority bidders for a £50m grant scheme, which will fund thousands of new childcare places and save parents around £5,000 per year. Set to be rolled.....

Nurseries urged to take part in survey to show true picture of childcare sector

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Nurseries are being asked to take part in National Day Nurseries Association’s annual survey, which will be used as a body of evidence to submit to the Government as part of its campaign to get a fair deal for funding of free childcare.....

Welsh Children's Commissioner reiterates calls for ban on smacking

Charley Walker, News Editor (09-Jan-17)

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has said that smacking has no place in ‘modern civilised society’, following plans to devolve powers over parental discipline to the Welsh Government. An amendment to.....

Ofsted finds 'teaching is exceptional' in Southampton nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Ofsted has rated Asquith’s Southampton Day Nursery ‘Outstanding’ in its latest inspection and praised the nursery for having ‘inspirational staff’. Inspectors found ‘children are effectively challenged in.....

'Children are not prepared for the digital world', says children's commissioner

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

Children are left to learn about the internet on their own with “parents vainly hoping” that they will benefit from its opportunities while avoiding its dangers, new research reveals. According to Anne Longfield,.....

Grandparents who help with childcare are living longer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jan-17)

Those who help out with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than older people who do not care for other people, a new study has revealed. Research published in the.....

Change4Life campaign urges parents to 'Be Food Smart' as children consume 'far too much sugar'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets. It comes after research found that children are consuming more than 11g of sugar at breakfast time,.....

Government awards over £2m to projects tackling abuse affecting children

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Dec-16)

The Government has awarded a grant of over £2m to nine projects which support children of families affected by domestic abuse and drugs and alcohol. For some families, Christmas and New Year bring an added.....

Pregnancy has 'long-lasting' effect on women's brain structure

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Dec-16)

Pregnancy can alter the structure of women’s brains, improving the mother’s ability to protect and nurture her child, according to new research. The study carried out by researchers from the UAB (The Autonomous.....

Children with autism could receive earlier diagnosis and intervention as scientists discover potential cause

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Dec-16)

Children with autism could receive earlier diagnosis and improved intervention in the future thanks to researchers at the University of Toronto who have found a potential cause for a third of cases of autism. Researchers.....

Christmas babies get biblical names like Noah, parents' poll reveals

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Dec-16)

When it comes to baby births at Christmas, nearly two thirds of parents like to give their offspring traditional, biblical names - with Noah, Jacob and Grace the most popular festive choices. Of the 2,412.....

Government launches sepsis awareness campaign to save young lives

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

A nationwide campaign, launched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives. The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of young.....

'Kangaroo' care increases intelligence and improves behaviour in children and young adults

Charley Walker, News Editor (12-Dec-16)

The practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with newborns, known as kangaroo care, results in healthier, more intelligent, better behaved children, according to a new study. A 20-year follow up from a.....