News - Innovative Nurseries

Ten nurseries get landmark Millie's Mark first aid award

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Oct-16)

Ten nurseries have become the first in England to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings. Millie’s Mark is awarded to nurseries where.....

Poole nursery rated Outstanding for 'children's exemplary behaviour' and 'learning to take turns'

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Sep-16)

Ofsted has rated Tops Day Nursery in Parkstone, Poole, Outstanding after a recent inspection. Inspectors found the manager monitors children’s progress accurately and thoroughly, ensuring appropriate support.....

'Third Door' open to self-employed parents searching for flexible childcare options

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Sep-16)

Due to changing working habits of families in the UK, childcare providers are being forced to adapt. Many UK nurseries are coming up with innovative ways to accomodate the ever changing working patterns of modern families. Earlier.....

KASPAR the friendly robot teaches children human feelings

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Aug-16)

A boy robot teaching autistic toddlers about human emotions and feelings? Yes, that's right and one nursery has put it to work. “Let’s play together” utters KASPAR a wide-eyed robot with rather wild, unkempt.....

GoPro's provide 'child's-eye-view' of Forest School sessions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (01-Jun-16)

Forest School sessions have risen in popularity in recent years with many nurseries and pre-schools offering them as part of their regular programme of activities. Snapdragons Nurseries offer Forest School.....

Helicopter Stories help to 'unlock children's voices'

Sue Learner, Editor (04-May-16)

Children use storytelling and role play to express their ideas and make sense of the world. However children with speech and language difficulties can find it hard to express themselves in a coherent way. In.....

Prince William awards OBE to nursery owner at Buckingham Palace

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-May-16)

The Duke of Cambridge Prince William pinned an OBE medal on the managing director of Kiddycare Nurseries, in recognition of her services to childcare. Kala Patel became an Officer of the Order of the British.....

Five-year-olds become politicians in Green Party broadcast

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Apr-16)

Five-year-olds are seen mocking Prime Minster David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s 'childish politics' in a party political broadcast for the Green Party. 'The not so secret life of five-year-old.....

daynurseries.co.uk reveals the UK’s most recommended nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Apr-16)

The UK’s leading nursery review site has revealed which day nurseries have won awards for being the most recommended nurseries in the country. This is the third year of running the awards with thousands.....

Bright Horizons joins forces with Institute of Education to offer Early Years Teacher training

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Mar-16)

One of the leading childcare providers, Bright Horizons, has gone into partnership with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to deliver an academic programme for graduates wanting a career in the Early Years. The.....

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. 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,.....