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Earn your children a writer's ticket to literacy and learning

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

This autumn has seen all three leading political parties sign-up to a new ‘Vision for Literacy’, acknowledging that a growing literacy gap within the UK population is becoming an ever more pressing issue. The.....    read full article

Pre-school experts stress importance of early intervention for special educational needs

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

Recognising when a child has special educational needs or a disability (SEND) is a key challenge for day nurseries, with early intervention crucial in ensuring a smoother transition through each age group and eventually into adulthood. David.....    read full article

Parents confess to feeling jealous over children’s emotional bond with nursery practitioners

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Oct-14)

A charity is calling for nurseries to educate parents on the importance of childcare practitioners forming a strong bond with their child. Some parents admit to feeling jealous of the strong, emotional bond.....    read full article

Biting in nurseries tackled by developing emotional language so children express through words not actions

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

Encouraging children to develop their own emotional language can provide nursery staff with a way to help children express themselves through words instead of physical actions such as biting and scratching. For.....    read full article

A day in the life of a nursery nurse

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Oct-14)

Twenty-one-year old Sophie Allen, a nursery nurse level 3 NVQ, had always wanted to work with children as long as she can remember. Here she talks about what the job is like. What is your job? "I.....    read full article

A Reggio Emilia approach helps early years staff better understand how children learn

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Sep-14)

Although the Montessori approach to pre-school learning often receives more attention, another philosophy that more and more nurseries are beginning to favour is that of Reggio Emilia. Named after an Italian town, the approach.....    read full article

Early years intervention gives stammering children best chance of full recovery

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

Stammering is a serious communication difficulty where people have problems repeating words, repeating sounds, stretching sounds or getting stuck on a specific word. It is also more common in under-fives than many people might think. The.....    read full article

Pre-school children today have 'poorer physical and motor skills' than 20 years ago

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

Pre-school children today are more fearful of hurting themselves and “are not so confident in their physical abilities as they used to be” two decades ago, according to a leading early years physical development expert. Dr.....    read full article

Nurseries urged to take disabled children and recognise 'that everyone in the world is unique'

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Aug-14)

MPs recently described the struggle, many families with disabled children go through to get childcare, as “shocking”. A cross-party group of MPs and peers held an independent Parliamentary inquiry into childcare.....    read full article

Bilingual nurseries can make children more creative, tolerant and better at solving problems

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Aug-14)

Bilingual nurseries in the UK are helping children to form a foundation to become fluent in multiple languages, with languages such as Welsh, Irish, French and Spanish firmly part of the normal nursery day. Parents.....    read full article

Nursery rhymes offer parent and child a shared link to their storytelling heritage

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Aug-14)

Tempting as it might be to dismiss the nursery rhyme 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' as a meaningless tool to amuse young children, there is considerable research to suggest that nursery rhymes serve as a key structural tool for our capacity.....    read full article

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