News - Innovative Nurseries

Nursery installed webcams to reduce distress of parents

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Feb-16)

Burstead Bears in Essex, took the decision when it opened nearly 10 years ago, to install webcams to reduce the distress felt by parents when they first left their children at nursery. Webcams were first.....

Nursery decorates walls with images of children's parents to reduce separation anxiety

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Jan-16)

A nursery in London has joined forces with a photo printing specialist to boost children’s wellbeing and reduce separation anxiety by decorating the walls with images of the children’s families. Albelli which.....

Nursery bosses recognised in New Years Honours List

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jan-16)

The New Years Honours List saw Kala Patel, managing director of Kiddycare Nurseries awarded an OBE for services to childcare and Kim Arrowsmith, manager of Matchbox Day Nursery, awarded an MBE for services to children and families. Back.....

Bringing a baby into the classroom can reduce aggression and bullying

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Dec-15)

A ‘baby teachers’ programme which involves a baby and a parent visiting a primary school class throughout the school year, has been found to reduce aggression and bullying by as much as 76 per cent. The study.....

Nursery children star in CBeebies TV show

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Dec-15)

Children from Hollies Day Nursery in Chorley and their pet pygmy goats were picked to star in the popular CBeebies TV show ‘My Pet and Me’. The programme presented by Ferne Corrigan and Rory Crawford shows.....

Nursery with retro vintage decor and Jamie Oliver trained chef opens in East London

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Nov-15)

Two mums in East London have set up a new kind of nursery with retro and vintage furniture combining art and design with holistic learning, which aims to stimulate children ‘without over-stimulating them’. Rachel.....

Boost in boys' performance helps struggling nursery become outstanding

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Oct-15)

A nursery has transformed itself from requiring improvement to outstanding in just nine months, thanks to staff’s ability to ensure boys perform just as well as girls. Chichester Nursery and Children's Centre has achieved a top OFSTED.....

Innovative project supports children with transition from early years to school

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Sep-15)

Children in Cambridgeshire and North Yorkshire have had the support of an innovative project called Starting School Together, to help them make that transition from the early years to school. The project.....

'Children should be exposed to different languages at six weeks old' says nursery owner

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Sep-15)

Dalia Ros, owner of Cherry Tree Bilingual Nursery and Pre-School in Hertfordshire, believes it is crucial that children are exposed to language and music in their early years. She founded the nursery 21.....

Innovative range of decorative kits launched to improve look of children's hearing aids

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Aug-15)

Lugs is the creation of the Ivermee family, established in 2014 and the product of years of research and development. Just a few years before, Freddie Ivermee was born with Congenital CMV, a virus that damaged Freddie’s hearing,.....

Nursery children learn about the importance of caring for animals

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Aug-15)

To commemorate World Cat Day, Hertfordshire-based nursery group Boys & Girls Nursery Ltd arranged for the RSPCA to send a volunteer to spend time with pre-school children, not just talking about cats but also teaching them the importance of.....

New bilingual Mandarin-English nursery prepares children for a world with China as an economic superpower

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-15)

Earlier this year, father of one, Cennydd John opened a high-end bilingual Mandarin-English day nursery near the Barbican Centre in London. Hatching Dragons joins a growing number of bilingual Mandarin-English.....

Busy Bees nurseries recycling 100 per cent of waste in landfill pledge

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Jul-15)

The recently launched ‘Think Green’ project has been devised to ensure that all of the 238 Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd commit to recycling all of their waste so none of it is sent to landfill. It is hoped the Think Green Project will encourage.....

Intergenerational childcare programme explores growing up and growing old

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-15)

An innovative approach to providing care for children and Seattle's ageing population is the focus of a new documentary by an American filmaker. Present Perfect is a film, produced by American filmmaker Evan Briggs, focusing on.....

Classical music concerts for babies hit the right notes

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Bach to Baby provides classical music concerts for babies, children and their families at regular venues and nurseries throughout the South of England. Established in 2011 by mum and pianist Miaomiao Yu, after becoming frustrated.....

Story time with fathers at Enchanted Forest

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Nursery practitioners at Enchanted Forest Early Learning used this year’s father's day as an inspiration for practising fun activities that children can enjoy with their fathers or father figures. Three of the group’s nurseries, located in Greenock,.....

Designer wins international award for helping children 'learn through play'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-May-15)

The International Design Award has been won by a postgraduate student who has created an innovative product to help children ‘learn through play’. The ‘Many Happy Re-Turns’ is made out of corrugated cardboard.....

Nursery children build eco bug castle

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Apr-15)

Children at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre have recently been working with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and construction company ‘Low Therm Solutions’ to help to create a unique bug castle as part of the nursery’s eco initiative. The.....

Chicken incubation project to help children learn about lifecycles and taking responsibility for animals

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Apr-15)

Children at Boys & Girls Nurseries are participating in a chicken incubation project to help them learn about animal lifecycles and taking care of animals. The nurseries have partnered with Aldenham Country.....

Creative yoga classes for children: 'capturing the magic of childhood'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Apr-15)

Tatty Bumpkin has been providing creative baby and children’s yoga programmes for children up to the age of seven for over 10 years. Working with the motto ‘bendy, giggly, clever and strong’ the classes are targeted at helping children.....