News - Features

Children’s nurseries market increasingly attractive to international and private equity investors

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Jul-15)

The childcare market is in a period of growth with childcare broker, Redwood Dowling Kerr, seeing a record number of completions over the last month. The growth has come from all over the sector and in addition.....

Nursery owner and heart transplant survivor is climbing world’s highest volcano

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

Three years ago, James Arthur, who owns Magic Daycare Nurseries in North London, collapsed at work. The next day he was diagnosed with major heart failure and admitted to hospital to wait for a heart transplant. “I was 29 years old,.....

Disability campaigner says going to nursery was 'life-changing' for her daughter

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Going to nursery proved to be “life-changing” for her daughter, reveals disability campaigner and blogger Stacie Lewis, who has called on more nurseries to be inclusive and take children with disabilities. Ms.....

Painting pictures in the mind's eye: books for blind and partially sighted children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Looking at books in the early years allows children to explore other worlds, characters and emotions and stimulates their imagination. Yet children with vision impairments can miss out on this enriching experience.....

Urban nursery and farm nursery share number one spot in daynurseries.co.uk awards

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Jun-15)

This year we saw two nurseries scoop the number one spot as top recommended nursery in the UK in the daynurseries.co.uk awards. Similarly to last year, it was a hotly fought contest, with nurseries all over.....

Over 1.5m people sign Jamie Oliver's petition calling for practical food education for children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Jun-15)

TV chef Jamie Oliver has launched a petition urging world leaders to get practical food cooking on the curriculum for school children, in a bid to stop child obesity. There are more than 42 million children under five who are overweight.....

Tips on preventing fussy eating in children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-May-15)

Fussy eating has been on the increase in children in recent years, with a range of reasons to highlight why this is happening. In both nursery settings and in the home children can develop issues with eating, refusing.....

The Early Years Teacher Status has given nursery practitioners 'more credibility and more confidence'

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Mar-15)

The Early Years Teachers Status, which was introduced by the Government nearly two years ago, has been “very positive for the sector as a whole as it has given people who work with young children more credibility and more confidence”,.....

Nurseries urged to set up tooth brushing schemes to tackle tooth decay

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Mar-15)

Thousands of young children are admitted to hospital every year to have rotten teeth removed, yet tooth decay can so easily be prevented. In a bid to stem the flow of hospital admissions, the National.....

Tips on how nurseries can use the power of social media

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Mar-15)

Making the most of social media can boost a day nursery’s relationship with current parents and even create new business. Two popular social media platforms for businesses, Twitter and Facebook, together.....

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah to open this year's Childcare Expo

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

Following the success of the 2014 Childcare Expo in London, the event is set to return to the Olympia conference centre on 6-7 March. Attracting nearly 2,000 visitors, a mix of early years practitioners.....

Christie + Co: Demand for good nurseries in affluent areas is outstripping supply

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Feb-15)

It is no surprise with both parents working in nearly two million of all families in the UK, that day nursery businesses are in big demand. In fact, buyer demand for nursery businesses is so great, especially.....

Early years development would be enhanced by a Nature & Well-being Act

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Feb-15)

Protecting and enhancing the English landscape for the benefit of our youngest and future generations is among the primary motivations driving the call for a Nature & Well-being Act, which all leading political parties are being challenged.....

Fire-hit day nursery rises from the ashes

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

Two years after an arson attack broke the hearts of nursery owners and staff at Toad Hall Nursery, in Goldsworth Park, Surrey, along with the children and parents who used the service, the nursery is once again open, welcoming new.....

Swearing in nursery: How to tackle this growing problem

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jan-15)

Hearing a young child swear can be very upsetting and yet it is a growing problem that thousands of nurseries encounter on a daily basis. The shock value of young children swearing was demonstrated last.....

Government advised to reconsider the term 'Integrated Review' for new two year olds' progress check

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Jan-15)

The report on a pilot integrating the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Progress Check with the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) health and development review has recommended the ‘integrated review’ is renamed.....

Earn your children a writer's ticket to literacy and learning

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Dec-14)

This autumn has seen all three leading political parties sign-up to a new ‘Vision for Literacy’, acknowledging that a growing literacy gap within the UK population is becoming an ever more pressing issue. The.....

Pre-school experts stress importance of early intervention for special educational needs

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Nov-14)

Recognising when a child has special educational needs or a disability (SEND) is a key challenge for day nurseries, with early intervention crucial in ensuring a smoother transition through each age group and eventually into adulthood. David.....

Parents confess to feeling jealous over children’s emotional bond with nursery practitioners

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Oct-14)

A charity is calling for nurseries to educate parents on the importance of childcare practitioners forming a strong bond with their child. Some parents admit to feeling jealous of the strong, emotional bond.....

Biting in nurseries tackled by developing emotional language so children express through words not actions

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-Oct-14)

Encouraging children to develop their own emotional language can provide nursery staff with a way to help children express themselves through words instead of physical actions such as biting and scratching. For.....