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Princess Charlotte to attend 'traditional nursery school' with 'high standards' and 'good manners'

Sue Learner (18-Dec-17)

Princess Charlotte will be attending The Willcocks Nursery School in London in the New Year, according to an announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The nursery school, which charges termly fees.....

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds returns for Christmas special

Melissa McAlees (14-Dec-17)

Old People’s Home for 4 Year olds - Channel 4’s heart-warming documentary series about intergenerational care - will be returning to our television screens once again for an hour-long Christmas special. The festive return will.....

More Welsh nurseries get business rate exemption

Melissa McAlees (13-Dec-17)

More than 100 childcare providers in Wales will be exempt from paying business rates from April next year, the Welsh Secretary for Finance has announced. Under the new scheme, the upper threshold for business.....

Former nursery group boss on 2017 list of '100 Women to Watch'

Sue Learner (13-Dec-17)

Carole Edmond, who used to be in charge of the Bright Horizons nursery group and founded Bupa Childcare, is on the 2017 list of ‘100 Women to Watch’. The list features outstanding female leaders from a broad.....

Peppa Pig criticised for 'unrealistic expectations' of GPs

Melissa McAlees (12-Dec-17)

Children’s television programme, Peppa Pig, has been blamed for contributing to patients’ ‘unrealistic expectations’ of what they can expect from their GP, including taking phone calls out of working hours and making inappropriate.....

Traffic pollution is putting unborn babies' health at risk

Melissa McAlees (11-Dec-17)

Air pollution from road traffic is having a detrimental impact upon babies' health before they are born, new research reveals. The findings published in the BMJ suggest exposure to traffic pollution during.....

Government 'must act' as children's centres' funding drops by half

Sue Learner (08-Dec-17)

The charity Barnardo’s is calling on the Government to save children’s centres, after figures showed funding has been cut from £1.2bn to around £0.6bn in the last six years. Budgets for children’s centres.....

Babies that self-wean are not at higher risk of choking

Sue Learner (07-Dec-17)

Letting babies self-wean and feed themselves solid foods, rather than be spoon-fed by an adult, does not increase their risk of choking, according to a new study. The research from Swansea University found.....

Top nurseries have 'more highly trained practitioners' and 'higher staff to child ratios'

Sue Learner (07-Dec-17)

High quality nurseries have staff that are better trained and more qualified, as well as a low staff turnover and a higher staff to child ratio. As part of the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED),.....

Prime Minister told 'free' childcare policy has forced nursery owner 'to sell her home'

Sue Learner (06-Dec-17)

At this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Ruth George raised the issue of nurseries struggling to stay financially afloat due to the 30 hours ‘free’ childcare offer, revealing that one nursery owner is being forced to 'sell.....

Universal Credit will determine which two-year-olds are eligible for 'free' childcare

Sue Learner (05-Dec-17)

Universal Credit, which is replacing six existing benefits and merging them into one, will be used to determine which disadvantaged two-year-olds are eligible for ‘free’ childcare. The controversial welfare.....

Babies try harder to communicate if parents make direct eye contact

Sue Learner (04-Dec-17)

When a parent gazes into their baby’s eyes, both the parent's and the baby's brains will respond and synchronise with one another, preparing them for communication and making learning more effective, according to a new study. Researchers.....

Nurseries reach out to care home leaders to fight for young and old

Angeline Albert (04-Dec-17)

Nursery managers are working to join forces with residential and nursing home owners to end the ‘national disgrace’ of underfunding against the young and old. Nursery manager Jo Morris, the spokeswoman for.....

Government publishes new National Living Wage, but smaller nurseries could suffer

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Nov-17)

Today the Government has accepted new recommendations from the Low Pay Commission report, which will apply from April 2018. The suggested increases, however, have come in for some criticism from the nursery sector......

Childbase raise £140,000 to provide equipment for disabled children

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Nov-17)

Staff at Childbase Partnership nurseries have been working together to raise a whopping £140,000 for charity. Over 100 staff, including managers, nursery workers and directors raised £12,000 of the total amount by spending the night.....

Study reveals fun activities with parents can boost a child's academic success

Angeline Albert (24-Nov-17)

Getting mums and dads actively involved in fun learning activities can advance their child’s academic abilities, a study carried out in schools suggests. Counting star jumps and fishing ducks out of the.....

Pudsey Bear takes tour of nurseries to thank children for fundraising

Angeline Albert (20-Nov-17)

After a week of fundraising activities at nurseries up and down the country with Pudsey Bear-themed paintings, bake sales, all day sing-a-thons and fancy dress days, it was time for a BBC Children In Need celebrity to drop into a.....

Nursery children banned from using glitter

Sue Learner (17-Nov-17)

At a time of year, when children are making Christmas cards sprinkled with shiny glitter, a nursery boss has taken the decision to ban it from all of her 19 nurseries, due to the damage it is doing to the environment. Cheryl.....

Charity calendar will still go on sale despite tragic death of baby

Sue Learner (16-Nov-17)

A charity calendar produced to raise money for a number of baby charities, will still go on sale, despite one of the calendar photos featuring a baby who has tragically died days before the launch. Millie.....

Over 100,000 sign petition against Government shutdown of Childcare Vouchers

Melissa McAlees (09-Nov-17)

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Childcare Vouchers to be kept open alongside Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), meaning the issue will be considered for debate in Parliament. Childcare.....