Nursery News & Industry Events

Scottish Labour Party pledges breakfast club in every primary school

Sue Learner, Editor , 28-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

The Scottish Labour Party has promised Scotland a ‘childcare revolution’ which will include a breakfast club in every primary school. Leader Kezia Dugdale launched the party’s manifesto in Edinburgh, pledging

Three in five parents worry their children are not ready to start school

Sue Learner, Editor , 27-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

Nearly three out of five parents worry their child will not be ready to start school at the age of five, according to a poll by the charity Action for Children. In the wake of these findings, the charity

Montessori nursery boss criticises qualifications rules saying 'I myself don’t have GCSE maths'

Sue Learner, Editor , 26-Apr-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

A boss of a Montessori nursery has criticised the Government for its policy which stipulates that Level 3 Early Years Educators must have at least a grade C in GCSE maths and English. If they do not have

Northern Ireland's nursery admissions rule under fire for 'discrimination' against working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 22-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

Some parents in Northern Ireland have voiced anger that their children are missing out on nursery places because they are not ‘socially disadvantaged’. Marilyn McGaffin, whose daughter was given a part time

Childcare providers fear 30-hour offer could result in closure

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 20-Apr-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

Almost half of UK childcare providers have said they fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed. The survey found that

Government criticised as disadvantaged children lose out on primary school places

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 19-Apr-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

Parents of young children across the UK have just found out whether their child had been accepted into their chosen primary school. Though many parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief, many families were left disappointed after

Nursery group hit by April's council cuts petitions Government for money now

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 18-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

A nursery group is calling on nurseries to fight for more funds after a council cut the amount it pays one of its nurseries by 45p an hour, while other local authorities made no change to their rates.

Sugar causes major rise in tooth-extractions on young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 15-Apr-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

The cost of removing decayed teeth in young children has soared by 66 per cent in the last five years, leading to fears that young children’s ‘sugar addiction is spiralling out of control’, according to new research. The

Parents and nurseries warned about scarlet fever outbreak

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 14-Apr-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continued increase in cases of scarlet fever across England with a total of 10,570 cases reported since September 2015. Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease

Parental conflict can 'damage' children's long-term life chances

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 13-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

Children that are exposed to parental conflict have poorer long-term life chances and can become suicidal in extreme cases, new research has revealed. A study conducted by the Early Intervention Foundation

£300m childcare boost for working families under Universal Credit

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 12-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

Parents on Universal Credit (UC) are set to benefit from more support with their childcare costs from today, making it easier to start work or take on more hours. The Department for Work and Pensions has

Rewarding children with food could lead to emotional eating

Melissa McAlees, News Editor , 11-Apr-16 article from 'News' section

Parents who use controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emotions. According

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