News - Features

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.....

Sainsbury's launch Christmas advert to raise funds for Save the Children and help improve children's literacy skills

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Nov-15)

Sainsbury’s has become the latest retailer to reveal their highly-anticipated Christmas advert, which features one of the nation’s best loved children’s book characters, Mog the cat, as written and created by Judith Kerr. The.....

Former nurse creates Disney princess-style wigs for children with cancer

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-15)

A former cancer nurse has been working to bring magic to the lives of children with cancer by weaving Disney princess-style wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Holly Christensen, a mother.....

Transgender children: 'I first realised Jackie was different when she was 18 months old'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Oct-15)

With more and more children seeking medical treatment for gender identity issues on the NHS, can a child be too young to know who they really are and what can nurseries do to help? Figures from Tavistock.....

Preparing for Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework changes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Oct-15)

Ofsted recently introduced far-reaching changes to the way it inspects early years provision as a result of the ‘Better inspection for all’ consultation. The structural changes to the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) were implemented.....

Boy with selective mutism: 'My tummy feels like jelly and my words just get stuck'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Oct-15)

Selective mutism usually starts between the ages of three and five years old and the earlier it can be identified, the better the chance of a consistent recovery. The essential feature of this anxiety disorder,.....

Boy's close bond with autism assistance dog has led to 'fewer meltdowns' and less anxiety

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Oct-15)

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are often faced with significant challenges and while some individuals are able to live relatively independent lives, others may have accompanying learning disabilities and require a lifetime.....

London to get a chain of outdoor nurseries with the first endorsed by Sir David Attenborough

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

The founder of an outdoor nursery in London praised by Sir David Attenborough for reconnecting children with nature, has revealed her plans to open a chain of outdoor nurseries in the capital. Little Forest.....

Nurseries urged to tackle gender gap by harnessing 'energy of boys' instead of trying to contain it

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Sep-15)

Nurseries need to harness the ‘amazing energy of boys’ instead of trying to contain it, in order to stem the gender gap in development that begins in the early years. By the age of five, there is already.....

Maths made more accessible and less intimidating for nursery staff

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Sep-15)

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality learning environment for its children, Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries has invested in a new numeracy training programme. Nicky Bland, an experienced trainer, is implementing the.....