News - Features

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.....

Tips for running a successful forest school where 'magic happens every day'

Sue Learner, Editor (04-May-16)

The benefits of outdoor learning and play for young children have been extolled by numerous studies, yet still so many children in nurseries are not getting enough time outside. Just under a quarter of early.....

Author urges nurseries and schools to help educate children about dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (01-Apr-16)

Children’s author, Lee Sterrey was inspired to write her latest book, ‘The Buttercup Game’ following an emotional plea from a friend, willing her to do something to help families and carers of people with dementia. All.....

Superhero play 'teaches children to negotiate' and gives them 'control over their world'

Sue Learner, Editor (31-Mar-16)

Many children love superhero play where they can take on the persona of a brave and fearless hero with super powers. Yet some nursery practitioners are not so keen to embrace it, fearing it encourages aggressive behaviour and creates.....

Top tips for preparing for a nursery inspection

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Mar-16)

Being inspected by Ofsted can be a nerve-wracking and daunting experience and as nurseries are only given a half a day’s notice that Ofsted is coming, it is vital that they prepare for an inspection well in advance. Nurseries.....

Nurseries help children connect with nature through exotic animal visits

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

Working in nurseries is about creating a fun learning environment. Wild Fangs are skilled at doing just this – gaining the immediate interest of the children, exciting their curiosity and covering many areas within the Early Years.....

Digital tools free up nursery practitioners' time so they can focus on the children

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Mar-16)

Good nursery software helps nursery practitioners to carry out those vital admin tasks so they can do what attracted them to the job in the first place - interact with and care for the children. There are.....

Picture book teaches boys 'it is okay to find things tough and feel overwhelmed'

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Mar-16)

Writer Davina Bell has written The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade for children who get anxious about new situations. It features a boy called Alfie who finds that ‘Sometimes it’s hard to be brave. Sometimes.....

Innovative apps and games could hold the key to improving children's oral health

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Mar-16)

Recent figures revealing the tens of thousands of young children undergoing major dental surgery to remove decayed teeth has led to increased calls from educators, campaigners and health professionals to introduce a ‘sugar tax’ on.....

Young children experience 'risky' play using saws, hammers and mallets

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

Most adults would hesitate at the thought of young children handling a shovel, striking nails with a hammer or wielding a saw. Yet, more nurseries are beginning to swap plastic toys for real tools to reflect ‘real life’ situations.....

Baby blues: Can trauma pass to the unborn child?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Feb-16)

Traumatised children are attending nurseries throughout the UK and although one may look to the first four years of a child’s life for possible causes, many people are less aware that trauma can infiltrate the womb and reach the unborn.....