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Writer inspired by chance encounter with real-life Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Sep-16)

Ian Whybrow has written over a hundred books including the much loved series Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. This collection of books is based on a little boy called Harry who takes his bucket of.....

Using puppets in the early years encourages quiet children to talk and 'helps combat shyness'

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

Creating, retelling and acting out stories is one of children’s favourite activities. Using puppets helps children build positive relationships, learn about other cultures and make connections that are essential to understanding the.....

Secrets: which should you tell and which keep?

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

Children’s secrets can be big or small, fun and exciting, mad, bad, even frightening… but which secrets should you keep and which should you tell? Such a dilemma sounds like a self-help children’s book in.....

Body worries 'fuel a culture of self-consciousness' in children as young as three

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Sep-16)

Pre-school children are showing increasing signs of being unhappy with their body image and appearance, a new survey has revealed. According to the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.....

A day in the life of a Montessori teacher

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Sep-16)

The Montessori method of teaching was created by Maria Montessori who developed her teaching strategies to allow the child freedom to learn within a structured environment. At Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten in Chelmsford,.....

It's not raining men in nurseries but a visit to Childcare Expo can help

Angeline Albert, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

If half the class are boys but it isn’t ‘raining men’ at your nursery, what should pre-school managers be doing to achieve a gender-balanced workforce? That’s just one of the questions many early years practitioners.....

Dads 'driven mad' by screen time create nature-themed activity book to encourage children to go outdoors

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-16)

The availability of technology, apps, games and portable digital devices to children is a contentious issue among parents and early years educators alike. Although many parents choose to limit the amount.....

Cognitive scientist calls for guidelines on toddlers' screen time

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Aug-16)

A cognitive scientist is calling for parents and nurseries to be given guidelines on how long they should allow children to be on interactive electronic screens such as tablets and touchscreen phones. Dr.....

A day in the life of a nursery nurse: a 'rewarding and inspiring experience'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Aug-16)

Erin Doheny, an ambitious nursery nurse, joined the flourishing team of Little Adventurers Nursery in Upminster in June 2015 to continue her training to become a Level 3 early years practitioner. During.....

'Millie's Law' requires all nursery practitioners to be paediatric first aid trained

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Aug-16)

After the loss of their daughter Millie, in a choking incident on her third day at a Stockport nursery in October 2012, Joanne and Dan Thompson channelled their loss into establishing Millie's Trust - a charity that aims to make first.....

Ready Steady School: Bridging the transition in early years

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

The start of a new school term is always exciting, but the transition from nursery to primary school can be both daunting and overwhelming for young children, and although every parent wants their child to settle, they are often unaware.....

Nursery practitioner who swam English Channel reveals 'it was lonely in the dark'

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Jul-16)

Nursery practitioners from Childbase Partnership braved high winds, tides and freezing temperatures in their marathon swim across the English Channel, with one revealing "it was lonely swimming in the dark". Others.....

Controlled crying: Should you let your baby cry itself to sleep?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Jul-16)

Controlled crying is an emotive subject that provokes an extreme response amongst parents, leaving many to question whether they should put the settling technique into practice or not? Advocates claim it.....

A day in the life of a nursery manager

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Jun-16)

Daynurseries.co.uk spoke to Emma Auston, manager of Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Peterborough, to find out what it takes to manage one of the group's large city centre settings. What is your job title? “I’m the.....

Brain food for children: You are what you eat

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Jun-16)

That well-known mantra ‘You are what you eat’ should be heeded even more by parents and nursery practitioners caring for young children as food has a huge impact on the growing brain, according to a leading food expert. Katharine.....

Nine Outstanding nurseries and counting: Meet the woman behind it

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

How do you create nine Outstanding nurseries? It sounds like a fantastically good joke, an early years myth used to tempt and tease. For nurseries which have dug deep to achieve a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors, making the leap.....

Winnie-the-Pooh meets The Queen in celebration of 90 years of two British icons

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-May-16)

In a special new adventure, Britain’s best-loved bear has met Her Majesty The Queen for the first time ever in a new illustrated audio adventure, narrated by Oscar winning actor, Jim Broadbent. The brand new story has been specially.....

UK's '24-hour society' triggers growth in nurseries offering overnight care

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

A growing number of nurseries are offering overnight care for children as the demands of unsociable working hours and financial worries are placing an increasing amount of pressure on parents. Fortunately,.....

Nurseries need to create an atmosphere 'where being unsuccessful or failing is not seen as wrong'

Sue Learner, Editor (24-May-16)

Early years settings need to encourage children to take risks and create an atmosphere where ‘being unsuccessful or failing is not seen as wrong’, according to a Montessori-trained teacher. Jeremy Clarke,.....

Childcare Expo heads to Manchester to explore everything early years

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

Childcare Expo will once again be brimming with imaginative ideas and ingenious products as it opens its doors in Manchester’s EventCity for the first time, between 17–18 June 2016. With more than 70 exhibitors.....