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Love in a time of childcare: Nursery child says love is 'big squeezy cuddles'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Jan-17)

Three-year-old Frederick thinks love is when “Mummy gives me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and this Valentine’s Day, children will profess love with cards made at nursery but a child's affections are not only reserved for Mummy and.....

Great-grandmother with dementia achieves lifelong dream of becoming a children's author

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Jan-17)

A great-grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012 has become a published author of two children’s books. Joan Porter, aged 85, who lives in sheltered accommodation in Bearsden, Glasgow,.....

Language expert urges nursery practitioners not to simplify their language for children

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Dec-16)

Nursery practitioners are being advised to boost children’s language skills by using words they don’t understand instead of deliberately using simple words. Early years language expert, Michael Jones, believes.....

Do young children today experience any free, unstructured child-led play?

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Dec-16)

Play is recognised as being essential to children’s development, yet it is vital that children get to experience both structured, adult-led play as well as free child-led play. The question is does free child-led play exist anymore? Child-led.....

Toy guns: 'Children have an innate, inquisitive nature to explore good and bad, right and wrong'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Dec-16)

Playing with toy guns is a controversial subject within the early years sector. It can provoke a sharp intake of breath when mentioned in certain company, and many nursery settings adopt a zero-tolerance approach. Carla.....

Children's new year resolutions: 'We won't whine, cry or throw parmesan cheese around'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

We’ve all heard the half-hearted tiresome pledges of grown-ups to join a gym or save money at the start of a new year, but this new year’s resolution is uttered by children who seem to understand the depths of their crimes and are.....

Professor Robert Winston: 'Children need to be allowed to fail'

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Dec-16)

Today’s society, according to Professor Robert Winston, is “obsessed with success”. Yet failure is equally important, says the scientist, known for presenting the landmark series Child of Our Time, which.....

Teletubbies was 'bravest thing I have ever done' reveals creator verbally attacked for 'dangerous nonsense'

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Nov-16)

It is nearly 20 years ago that Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po sprang onto our TV screens, accompanied by a laughing baby in the sun. The show was an instant success with children transfixed by the brightly-coloured.....

Dramatherapist for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties invited into 'imaginary world for tea and apples'

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Nov-16)

Dramatherapy uses the healing aspects of drama and theatre to provide children with a safe and supportive environment where they can explore their emotions, fears and needs, while building confidence, trust and communication skills. Myriam.....

Children urged to think of others during consumer-mad Christmas

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Nov-16)

Who remembers being read ‘The Little Match Girl’ in their youth? It is not the tale often told to little ones today. More likely they hear ‘triumph over adversity’ stories of animated animals, toys or wizards beating the odds against.....

Why so few men in childcare and who are the Gingerbread men?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

Men don’t know how to nurture, men could be abusers, young men are not mature enough... are these the reasons only two per cent of the country’s childcare workforce is male? Karl Taylor would tell you otherwise......

Too young for childcare? Nine in ten parents feel anxious about putting their baby in a nursery

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Nov-16)

What if he cries inconsolably when I leave him? How is she going to cope without me? What if the other children are mean? What if the staff forget to give him his comforter at sleep time? These are just.....

Competitive parenting has led to 'unrealistic expectations' say nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Nov-16)

The game of competitive parenting begins even before the birth, with heated debates over which food when pregnant will boost their baby’s brainpower as well as the merits of breastfeeding and waterbirths. Once.....

Nursery head chef reveals biggest challenge is cooking for children with allergies

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

Stuart White is head chef at Busy Bees Edinburgh Park nursery and has more than 14-years’ experience working in catering. Mr White has worked at Busy Bees Edinburgh Park Nursery for the past two years, supporting childcare practitioners.....

Children with English as an additional language can go through 'silent period' at nursery

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Oct-16)

Nurseries play a crucial role in giving children with English as an additional language that extra support, so they do not fall behind when they start school. It is advantageous for children to be bilingual,.....

Should we have a world without Down's syndrome?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (18-Oct-16)

Around 800,000 women in the UK become pregnant each year and while most parents will ultimately be reassured the pregnancy is progressing as expected, more than 40,000 will be told there is a chance their baby will have a fetal anomaly. According.....

Exclusive: Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage tells daynurseries.co.uk what she'll do for early years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Oct-16)

Britain’s childcare and early years minister Caroline Dinenage has identified what she wants to achieve for the sector in an exclusive interview with daynurseries.co.uk As a mother of two, she has candidly revealed.....

Ice skater to senior area manager: Co-operative Childcare employee reveals how fate led to a career change

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Oct-16)

Clare Robson is a senior area manager at The Co-operative Childcare, with more than 16 years experience working in the childcare sector. However during her childhood she lived and breathed ice-skating in the hope that one day she.....

Cranky babies and grumpy toddlers: Why young children need a nap at nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (05-Oct-16)

Daytime naps are crucial for babies and toddlers’ brain development and are essential for their wellbeing. Yet many young children go without a nap at nursery, either because it does not have a dedicated sleep area or because the.....

Nurseries help combat children's mental health problems with specialist training

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

Nurseries are helping to combat children with mental health problems by attending specialist training on supporting children's well-being and early brain development. One in 10 children and young people experience mental health.....