News - Features

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.....

Childcare Expo set to unveil latest innovations in the childcare sector

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

After many successful years, Childcare Expo will once again be brimming with imaginative ideas and ingenious products as it returns to Olympia in London, between 4–5 March 2016. With more than 70 exhibitors.....

Photographs reveal a 'child's eye view' of nursery life

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Jan-16)

Learning is a process that involves thought, vision and imagination. A camera can help spark these very same qualities in the minds of young children. They capture a world from their view point. Cameras.....

Technology in the early years: A help or a hindrance?

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (28-Jan-16)

The use of technology in the early years is a contentious issue among childcare professionals and parents. Child-friendly apps, toys and gadgets are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, while there is growing concern about.....

Nurseries urged to draw up cuddle policies over fears intimacy with children will be misunderstood

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Jan-16)

Nurseries are being urged to draw up cuddle policies setting out clear guidance for practitioners, after a study found some nursery staff are afraid to cuddle young children, fearing they could be accused of child abuse. Dr.....

Parents behaving badly? When a child catches a cold their nursery sneezes

Angeline Albert, News Editor (09-Dec-15)

Most parents send a child to nursery when they are ill, according to research. Of the 1,000 parents and 100 nursery heads questioned by nanny agency North West Childcare, the majority (86 per cent) of parents admitted to sending.....

Out of sight no longer means out of mind as London nursery installs iWatch to 'reassure parents'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Dec-15)

Are webcams a quality standard which allow parents to have complete open access to their chosen nursery, or do they represent evidence of a breakdown of trust? Owners of Safari Childcare, a North-east London.....

Nursery group calls for more paediatric first aid trained practitioners ahead of Government consultation

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Dec-15)

Busy Bees Training, part of the Busy Bees nursery group, has called for there to be more trained paediatric first aid practitioners across the sector. The call follows the publication of an open Government consultation on amendments.....

The unpredictability of nativity plays: From calling baby Jesus Colin to a spectacular crash by Rudolf on roller skates

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Dec-15)

After weeks of rehearsals, nurseries and primary schools up and down the country will soon be putting on that highlight of the year – the Christmas nativity play. Anyone who has watched a nativity play will.....

A nation of over sharers: Tips for protecting children online

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Dec-15)

Since its inception, the internet has grown to become increasingly accessible to parents and children alike. The invention of social media and smart phones has led to social networking becoming the most effective and easiest way to.....

'Over-praise often falls on deaf ears' warns Channel 4's Three Day Nanny

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Dec-15)

A recurrent ‘well done’ may be heard by children throughout the day in their home or childcare environment, however Channel 4’s Three Day Nanny, Kathryn Mewes, has revealed that genuine praise ‘means a great deal more’ to children.....

Santa and the festive facts of life - when should you tell your child?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Dec-15)

It’s that time of year again. The time when parents wonder whether they should shell out on the gift detailed in their child’s Santa letter or fess up that they’ve been lying about the chimney-loving chubster throughout their young.....