Nursery News & Industry Events

Brain food for children: You are what you eat

Sue Learner, Editor , 28-Jun-16 article from 'Features' section

That well-known mantra ‘You are what you eat’ should be heeded even more by parents and nursery practitioners caring for young children as food has a huge impact on the growing brain, according to a leading food expert. Katharine

Portsmouth's pilot nurseries get more money to deliver 30 hours free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 23-Jun-16 article from 'News' section

Portsmouth nurseries taking part in the Government’s 30 hours free childcare pilot have been given more funding to deliver it. Portsmouth City Council has received a rate rise for the Government scheme

Children don't learn value of turn-taking until they are five

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 23-Jun-16 article from 'News' section

Taking turns is a skill not learnt until children are five-years-old, research involving chimps has revealed. Academics from Warwick Business School say it takes children until they are five-years-old

Cameron joins British nursery children voting with their tastebuds

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

In EU referendum-style, children from Busy Bees nurseries (including a boy named Cameron) have been voting to stick with or leave healthy dishes served up for them on Britain’s kids channel The

Children as young as one are victims of online sex abuse in UK

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 21-Jun-16 article from 'News' section

Some 3,186 internet-related sex crimes were committed against children last year, including more than 100 rapes, according to police figures gained by the charity NSPCC. Children as young as one-year-old

Ex-England player opens two more nurseries

Angeline Albert, News Editor , 20-Jun-16 article from 'News' section

A former England and Liverpool FC player turned successful childcare provider opened two nurseries on Monday. The retired international player Rob Jones and his wife Sue, co-founders of Evolution Childcare,

More than 500 children living with Type 2 diabetes

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 17-Jun-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

There are now reportedly more than 500 children living Type 2 diabetes, figures in the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have revealed. Local

Early years practitioners lack confidence when using technology to develop children's literacy

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 16-Jun-16 article from 'News' section

Technology has become a part of daily life for people across the world with adults and children often using touch screens before they can walk and talk. The use of technology and touchscreens in early years is a contentious issue,

Should the Government reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English and maths for Level 3 nursery practitioners?


Julie Hyde, executive director, CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education)
In 2014 the Government changed the requirements so that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a C grade in GCSE English and in GCSE maths to count in the ratios. Before this, Functional Skills had been accepted as an equivalent or alternative to GCSEs. We...

Nikki Palmer, assistant head of Early Years education at City of Wolverhampton College
When this first came out I strongly agreed that functional skills qualifications were a better alternative for the work that early years professionals actually do, I’m now not so sure. What worries me more than anything is the increase in practitioners opting for apprenticeships....

Den Day showed how important 'pretend play' is in nurseries

Sam Flatman, Outdoor Learning Specialist and Educational Consultant for Pentagon Play , 15-Jun-16 article from 'Opinion' section

On 17 June, school children across the UK participated in Save The Children’s annual Den Day. Primarily, the event is organised to raise awareness for children around the globe who lack vital resources such as water and shelter. But

MPs warn free 30 hour childcare offer is at risk

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 15-Jun-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

MPs have raised concerns over the Government’s plans to extend free early education and childcare in a new report, published by the Public Accounts Committee. The report warns of a lack of providers willing to provide the additional

UK parents reportedly 'the worst' at sharing childcare responsibilities

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor , 14-Jun-16 article from 'News Analysis' section

This Father’s Day, British men are expected to spend just 24 minutes caring for their children, compared to every hour spent by mums, according to the Fatherhood Institute's Fairness In Families Index (FIFI). The

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