Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Communication training for parents reduces severity of autism in children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Oct-16)

An early intervention aimed at helping parents communicate with their child has been shown to have an effect on reducing the severity of autism characteristics, new research has revealed. Published in The.....

Kids2Us joins Asquith's family of nurseries

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Oct-16)

Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools Ltd have added to their family of nurseries by acquiring Kids2Us in Astley, Manchester. Kids2Us is a modern, state-of-the-art day nursery located in Astley, near Wigan. Owned by Aspall Property Group, the purpose-built.....

Children achieving a 'good level of development' continues to increase

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Oct-16)

The percentage of five-year-olds reaching a “good level of development” at the end of reception has increased, according to the Department for Education (DfE), which released their analysis of this year’s EYFS Profile results. At.....

Children more proficient in technology than the alphabet

Charley Walker, News Editor (20-Oct-16)

Children can competently use tablets and television remotes before they can recite the alphabet, a new report has revealed. The average British child is able to recognise most letters of the alphabet by the.....

Toddler tantrums: Parents more likely to ignore girls' tantrums than boys

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Oct-16)

Parents tend to deal with their children’s tantrums by ignoring them, with parents more likely to turn a blind eye to temper tantrums by girls rather than boys. Other methods of dealing with tantrums include.....

Early years sector sees 'catastrophic' recruitment crisis caused by drop in workforce qualifications

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

A significant fall in the number of qualified early years staff has contributed to a recruitment and retention crisis in the sector, according to the National Day Nurseries Association 2016 Workforce Survey. The.....

Dubai nurseries are first international nurseries to receive quality award

Charley Walker, News Editor (18-Oct-16)

Three nurseries in Dubai are the first international nurseries to be awarded the National Day Nurseries Association’s e-Quality Counts award. The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) registered nurseries.....

Children disabled due to medical errors at birth get new compensation scheme

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Oct-16)

The Government has launched a new Government compensation scheme for parents of children with a disability, due to a medical error during their birth. Currently families can wait up to 11 years for a court.....

Childcare bill claims hefty slice of parents' wages

Angeline Albert, News Editor (14-Oct-16)

Britain’s working couples spend one third (almost 34 per cent) of their wages on childcare and nurseries, a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed. Britain’s.....

Toddlers' fussy eating is 'heavily influenced' by genes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Oct-16)

Parents are often judged when their child is a fussy eater, but new research suggests toddlers’ fussy eating habits are mainly the result of genetic influences rather than ‘poor parenting’. Researchers at.....

Clown craze: Halloween costume retailers urged to put 'children's wellbeing before profit'

Sue Learner, Editor (12-Oct-16)

The ‘creepy clown craze’ which started in America has now made its way to Britain, with pranksters hiding in bushes and jumping out to scare children. The craze has got even more sinister in recent days with.....

Nine in 10 call for Government to scrap nursery qualifications policy

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Oct-16)

More than nine in 10 people have called for the Government to axe a qualifications policy that nursery leaders say is stifling recruitment. In the survey by daynurseries.co.uk, the leading guide to nurseries.....

'Outstanding' working farm nursery inspires children's curiosity and exploratory instincts

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Oct-16)

A children’s nursery in North Yorkshire, situated on a working farm, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the education inspector Ofsted. High Bank Day Nursery in Stapleton, near Darlington, was inspected earlier.....

Newborns face breathing difficulties if left in car seats for too long

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Oct-16)

Newborn infants may be at risk of breathing difficulties if left in car safety seats for long periods, particularly when travelling, according to new research. Most UK hospitals require premature infants.....

Actress Cate Blanchett speaks out about childcare struggle for working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Oct-16)

Film star Cate Blanchett has said working parents in the movie business face the same challenge as mums and dads in any other business when it comes to figuring out how to juggle work and take care of their children. At.....

Education secretary unveils social mobility package to help children reach their full potential

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Oct-16)

The Government has launched a new programme which will see ‘opportunity areas’ across England receive £60m in funding to help local children get the best start in life. Opportunity areas will see local partnerships.....

North and West Wales see huge drop in childcare places

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Sep-16)

Wrexham and Denbighshire in North Wales and Pembrokeshire in West Wales have between them lost over 400 childcare places over the past year. While Monmouthshire in South Wales has seen the biggest fall with a loss of 235 childcare.....

Council agrees to collect dirty nappies of three-year-olds who 'should be potty-trained'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (27-Sep-16)

A council in Wales has made a major U-turn on its decision to refuse to collect the nappies of children aged three and older as part of its new nappy collection service, after previously saying children should have been potty-trained.....

'Stub out smoking in children's playgrounds' environmental health officers demand

Angeline Albert, News Editor (26-Sep-16)

No smoking zones should be extended to open spaces including children’s playgrounds, public parks, zoos and theme parks environmental health officers have said. Smoking has been illegal in the UK’s enclosed.....

Children as young as two are being targeted by border police say campaigners

Angeline Albert, News Editor (26-Sep-16)

Parents are being urged to withhold details of their child’s nationality and country of birth from a census, which human rights campaigners say is being used against them to police Britain’s borders. From.....