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Why Kendor Day Nursery won top recommended nursery in the UK

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Jul-14)

In July 2010, Claire Hatton opened a nursery in her grandparents’ old home. Only four years on and she has won top recommended nursery in the UK. The awards run by daynurseries.co.uk, leading online guide… read full article

'Big Mother' is watching you: Increasing number of nurseries using webcams and CCTV

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Jul-14)

Initially launched in American nurseries over a decade ago, to enable parents to view their child and monitor their care, webcams and CCTV technology are now being increasingly used in UK nurseries. Researchers… read full article

Good hand hygiene means children can play in the dirt

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

Being both dirty and hygienic within early years settings might seem like a contradiction, but professionals at The Spanish Nursery and Children's Centre for Culture and Language in North London believe one complements the other and stress that messy play is an important part of pre-school… read full article

Understanding what 'school ready' really means to the childcare sector

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Jun-14)

The phrase ‘school ready’ is used by policy makers, childcare providers and parents but the agreement surrounding the meaning of the phrase has often appeared fraught. A debate defining whether children… read full article

Growing number of nurseries ditching plastic toys for sticks and mud

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-May-14)

An increasing number of nurseries are ditching colourful, plastic toys and going down the route of offering children natural resources to play with such as sand, water and sticks that don’t constrict play or direct it in any way. This… read full article

Introducing racial awareness to young children can prove 'counterproductive'

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-May-14)

Deciding not to focus on racial issues altogether might be a better solution when encouraging young children’s development, rather than risking clumsy interpretations, according to early years professionals. Last week the Daily… read full article

Supporting families coping with the loss of a child, ill-health and disability

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-May-14)

A number of charities have taken significant steps towards bringing more effective help and support to parents faced with challenging and tragic circumstances, such as the loss of a child or a diagnosis of ill-health or disability. As… read full article

Childcare: How the UK compares to rest of Europe

(07-May-14)

Politicians are very keen on pointing to the different childcare systems in other countries in Europe and saying how superior they are to the childcare system in the UK. Last year, childcare minister, Elizabeth… read full article

Nurseries forced to deal with rising number of pushy, aggressive parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Apr-14)

Nurseries are having to deal with a rising number of aggressive parents, who confront staff with accusations and are quick to run to Ofsted with the smallest complaint. The rise in pushy, aggressive behaviour… read full article

Nurseries urged to look out for signs of autism on World Autism Awareness Day

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Apr-14)

This week saw the 7th World Autism Awareness Day, a condition that affects around one in every 100 people although many charities believe the condition to be widely misunderstood by the general public. Susan… read full article

Day nurseries urged to concentrate on online marketing

Ellie Neville, News Editor (07-Mar-14)

Online marketing has become more and more important for successful day nurseries in the UK, research from daynurseries.co.uk says. Online directory and industry website daynurseries.co.uk has calculated that… read full article

Parenting expert writes storybook for children affected by domestic violence

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-14)

Parenting expert, Jane Evans, has written a storybook to help children make sense of the feelings they have after witnessing domestic violence. In the UK, at least 750,000 children a year are known to witness… read full article

Lack of woodland access is a national tragedy for younger generations

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Feb-14)

'The Rat left the house, and carefully examined the muddy surface of the ground outside, hoping to find the Mole’s tracks. There they were, sure enough. The galoshes were new, just bought for the winter, and the pimples on their soles… read full article

Asquith Nannies boss calls it ‘outrageous’ that nannies don’t have to register with Ofsted

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Feb-14)

The boss of Asquith Nannies is calling for the law to be changed and says it is “outrageous” that anyone can become a nanny without any training, qualifications or checks. Martin Hinchliffe, managing director… read full article

Former deputy head questions if 'feminised' nurseries are doing enough to stimulate boys

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-Jan-14)

A former deputy head teacher has questioned whether nurseries staffed mainly by women are giving boys the same opportunity to explore imaginative play as girls. Many nurseries are very ‘feminised’ environments,… read full article

Baby room staff should be recognised for their crucial role in day nursery settings

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

Over half of the UK’s babies are being cared for outside of their own home, with other family members and day nurseries providing a higher level of care at a younger age of babies’ lives. Baby rooms within… read full article

Banning Superhero costumes and toy guns from nurseries could have a 'negative impact on children's development'

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Dec-13)

Some nurseries have banned superhero costumes, toy swords and guns claiming ‘they encourage aggression and violence’, however a nursery has warned this could have a ‘negative impact on children’s development, particularly boys’. It… read full article

UK children have lost touch with their wild side

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Dec-13)

An appreciation for nature needs to be nurtured better in the early years or British children’s disconnection with nature will continue, according to film-led movement Project Wild Thing. Recent research detailed in the RSPB report… read full article

Lawyers urge nurseries to take downgrading concerns and 'unfairness' of Ofsted inspections to Parliament

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Nov-13)

Nurseries in England are stuck between a rock and a hard place, according to lawyers who say that “despite the potentially devastating consequences of being branded inadequate, there is no statutory or other effective mechanism through… read full article

Save Childhood Movement lobbies Parliament to stop 'schoolification' of the early years

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Nov-13)

The Save Childhood Movement has rapidly become a powerful voice fighting to stop what it calls ‘developmentally inappropriate policy-making in the early years’. This year has seen a whole host of proposals… read full article