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Busy Bees acquires Treetops Nurseries for £93m

Melissa McAlees (30-Mar-17)

The UK’s largest nursery group, Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd has announced an agreement to acquire Treetops Nurseries, the UK's fourth largest childcare provider, in a £93m deal. Treetops Nurseries, which has a portfolio.....

MP recalls rush to find son as London's terror attack puts Parliament's nursery in lockdown

Angeline Albert (23-Mar-17)

Babies and toddlers remained trapped in the House of Commons nursery, hours after a terrorist attack in London led to the death of four people and left 29 others needing hospital treatment. The nursery and.....

Nurseries told 'We're coming to kill you all'

Angeline Albert (21-Mar-17)

Nurseries across the West Midlands went into emergency mode after being threatened with guns by a woman who said she’d be arriving to kill all the children and staff. Staff at nine nurseries and schools.....

Nicola Sturgeon's £50m promise gives Scotland's private nursery staff a pay rise

Angeline Albert (20-Mar-17)

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced she’ll give £50m to ensure all staff in private nurseries are paid the Living Wage to help deliver her Government’s doubling of free childcare hours by 2020. Ms.....

Spring Budget 2017: Nurseries criticise 'lost opportunity' to mention early years funding

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Mar-17)

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget speech that two million households will be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare by the end of the year, saving families up to £2,000 annually. It was.....

30-hours 'free' childcare is 'economic suicide' says nursery owner

Melissa McAlees (08-Mar-17)

A York nursery owner, who has warned of a 'looming crisis' due to Government underfunding of 'free' childcare places, has taken her concerns to Westminster. Helen Gration, founder of Yorkshire Montessori.....

Nurseries 'ecstatic' as minister announces GCSE U-turn

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Mar-17)

Nurseries are breathing 'a huge sigh of relief' after being told by the childcare minister that staff with Functional Skills can go on to become Level 3 early years practitioners. Functional Skills are to.....