News - Innovative Nurseries

Practical new tool leads the way to adventurous playtime

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Nov-14)

A new practical tool has been launched by The Play Safety Forum to combat the ‘cotton wool culture’ that constricts children’s play. The idea is supported by the UK Government and the Health and Safety Executive.....    read full article

Working with children inspires nursery worker to become a storyteller

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Oct-14)

Pre-school children in Chichester have been enjoying a new addition to their literature resources, after Co-operative Childcare employee Natasha Knowles was inspired by her interaction with one young child to write her own. Ms.....    read full article

First of new breed of 'Super Nurseries' opens with onsite yoga and pilates for parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Oct-14)

A leading nursery chain has opened the first of what it calls a ‘new breed of super nurseries’ offering nursery and holiday club sessions for children and onsite yoga and pilates and a concierge service for parents. Clapham.....    read full article

How Leeds is making its child friendly city ambition a reality

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

Since 2012 Leeds City Council has been working to become a child friendly city where the needs and wishes of young people are listened to in all areas of the city. Motivated by UNICEF’s child friendly city.....    read full article

Busy Bees launches apprenticeship scheme for other early years' settings

Nina Hathway, News Editor (02-Sep-14)

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare provider, has launched an apprenticeship training programme to encourage industrywide best practice and raise the bar for quality childcare provision. Busy Bees.....    read full article

Nursery chain holds its first inclusion conference training day

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

The nursery chain, Kiddi Caru, has shown its commitment to inclusion being a core ethos of its nurseries, by holding its first inclusion conference training day. The training day was attended by all of its.....    read full article

'The best classroom has no ceiling' says Forest School leader

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Jul-14)

Louise King, a nursery practitioner at The Old Station Nursery at Henley on Thames, has such a passion for outdoor learning, she is training to become a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Children at the nursery.....    read full article

The nursery that takes care of parents too

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-May-14)

Due to open before the end of June, the Clapham Village Nursery and Preschool is thought to be one of a growing number in the UK to offer not only childcare but assistance to overworked parents so they can better manage their busy.....    read full article

Hemel Hempstead pre-school refurbishment enhances 'special interests'

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-May-14)

A new era of ‘outstanding learning and play’ has been heralded by owners of Lime Grove Day Nursery, in Hemel Hempstead, with the approval of local MP Mike Penning. A seven-month refurbishment project culminated with the MP’s visit, who.....    read full article

Nursery children explore the weird and wonderful world of science

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

Staff at Positive Steps Shellingford Nursery in Oxfordshire introduced children to the wonderful world of science during National Science Week. The nursery ignited children’s interest and curiosity in this fascinating subject by.....    read full article

Nursery invests in telescope so children can 'understand their place in the universe'

Sue Learner (16-Jan-14)

Coconut Nursery in North London has bought a telescope so its children can study the night sky and “understand their place in the universe”. The nursery staff in Stoke Newington follow an ethos of offering.....    read full article

Do Re Mi nursery aims to hit the right note with learning through music

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Dec-13)

Do Re Mi Day Nursery, which opens in the New Year, is thought to be Britain’s first nursery that is dedicated to using music as the central tool to nurturing happy, well-rounded young children. Based near Durham,.....    read full article

Children can build dens and make kites at London's first outdoor nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Nov-13)

London is getting its first outdoor nursery, giving young urban children the opportunity to learn and develop by building dens, bird-watching and making kites. Into the Woods nursery will open in April next.....    read full article

NHS project tackles rising number of children starting school still in nappies

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Sep-13)

Kent Community Health NHS Trust has decided to take action after schools revealed they have seen a rise in the number of children starting school still wearing nappies. One school reported it had to change.....    read full article

Nursery children take part in innovative exercise programme

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Jul-13)

Your Nursery in Manchester has been running an innovative exercise programme for its children, in a drive to increase their physical activity and improve their movement skills. Recent guidance issued by.....    read full article

Nursery staff taught how to make learning better for boys

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Jul-13)

A nursery group is focusing on how physical and practical learning can improve the impact education has on young boys at nursery. Staff from Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries are being taught how to ensure that both boys.....    read full article

Nursery in busy central London teaches children valuable road safety skills

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-May-13)

Children at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School have just completed a six week Road Safety Course run by their child protection officer and Montessori teacher. The nursery situated on City Road in central London has taught the.....    read full article

Scottish nursery staff encourage children to become 'green ambassadors'

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-May-13)

Staff at a Scottish nursery are encouraging children to be more aware of environmental issues and to become “green ambassadors”. First Class Nursery, in Livingston, wants the youngsters to raise concerns.....    read full article

Outdoor nursery shares its unique teaching experience with new training course

Laura McCardle, News Editor (04-Apr-13)

Children attending an outdoor nursery in Glasgow are among only a minority of youngsters in the UK who have the unique opportunity to learn while experiencing nature first hand. Mums and childhood friends.....    read full article

Children at Tops Day Nursery embark on new initiative of 'sleeping outdoors'

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Mar-13)

Children at Tops Day Nursery - Wareham have begun taking their afternoon naps outdoors in a new initiative that emulates early years practices in Scandinavian countries. There are currently seven children, aged one.....    read full article