Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Children's Food Trust announces closure after helping 11 million children access better food

Melissa McAlees (21-Jul-17)

The Children’s Food Trust has announced "with great sadness" that it is to close, after promoting healthy eating for children in the UK for more than 15 years. The charity, formerly called the School Food.....

Soaring childcare costs and shortage of places leave parents 'struggling' this summer

Melissa McAlees (21-Jul-17)

As nurseries and schools across the country break up for the summer holidays, many working parents will be faced with a ‘double whammy’ of rising childcare costs and a ‘scarcity’ of council run childcare provision, new research suggests......

Nursery group buys three nurseries from owner exiting market to open restaurant

Angeline Albert (14-Jul-17)

Children 1st Day Nurseries has added to its 20-strong portfolio of nurseries by purchasing three more settings from a nursery owner believed be exiting the childcare market to run a restaurant. Moors.....

More nurseries confident they can save children's lives with Millie's Mark

Angeline Albert (13-Jul-17)

Staff from a growing number of nurseries across England are confident they have the skills required to save a child's life because they have Millie’s Mark - a new accreditation for paediatric first aid. Millie’s.....

Early years education boosts everyone, not just the disadvantaged, reveals DfE

Angeline Albert (12-Jul-17)

All children benefit from early education from the age of two ‘regardless’ of a child’s household income and level of disadvantage in their area, Government research reveals. New research from the Department.....

Illegal nursery's owner given over £43,000 in council funds is fined only £200

Angeline Albert (11-Jul-17)

The owner of an illegal nursery has been prosecuted by Ofsted for being an unregistered provider but the London Borough of Newham is still trying to recoup more than £43,000, the setting had received for funded hours. Michael.....

Toddler hotel sees Iggle Piggle and other CBeebies characters come to life

Angeline Albert (10-Jul-17)

Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy joined Postman Pat to entertain children at a CBeebies-themed hotel designed for them. The CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort, opened its doors to the public on Saturday.....

Girls aged between five and nine most targeted for FGM

Sue Learner (05-Jul-17)

The most common age for having female genital mutilation (FGM) is between five and nine-years-old, according to new figures from NHS Digital. Over the last two years, 44 per cent of the FGM cases in the UK.....

Parents complain as over half of primary schools have non-competitive sports days

Sue Learner (05-Jul-17)

Parents are calling for school sports days to be competitive, after a survey found over half of primary schools are holding sports days with a non-competitive theme. A poll by online parenting resource, Families.....

Ex-Coronation Street actress is the new shadow childcare minister

Sue Learner (04-Jul-17)

Tracy Brabin, who was elected MP for Batley and Spen at a by-election last October following the murder of her close friend Jo Cox, has been named as the new shadow childcare minister. She replaces Tulip.....

An hourly increase of 40p to make '30-hours' viable is 'totally inadequate', say nurseries

Melissa McAlees (30-Jun-17)

Nurseries hoping to offer 30-hours of ‘free’ childcare for three- and four-year-olds in September will receive only 40p more per hour on average, new research suggests. Whilst the Government states that the.....

Alistair Bryce-Clegg: If there is no 'thrill', children will not have the 'will' to learn

Melissa McAlees (29-Jun-17)

“Without thrill, there is no will to take part and without the will, how can children successfully acquire the skill?” According to author and early years expert Alistair Bryce-Clegg, this principle applies.....

Government urged to focus on quality, not quantity of childcare places

Melissa McAlees (28-Jun-17)

The Government should focus on improving the quality of early education, rather than increasing the quantity of places available, a new report has found. The Social Mobility Commission, an independent body.....

Children born prematurely perform equally as well at school as their peers, study finds

Melissa McAlees (27-Jun-17)

Premature babies perform just as well at school as children who were carried to full term, a new study has found. Researchers, who followed more than one million US children, found parents' fears that premature.....

Nursery workers go on 'inspirational trip' to Sweden to explore everything early years

Melissa McAlees (26-Jun-17)

A team of early years practitioners at Childbase Partnership have gone the extra mile for the children in their care after going on a fact-finding tour in Sweden. The 'inspirational trip' was funded by company.....

Nottinghamshire nursery where 'children share and patiently take turns' rated 'outstanding'

Michaela Mildenhall (26-Jun-17)

Children 1st @ Newark Town in Nottinghamshire has been rated by Ofsted inspectors as ‘outstanding’ in all areas for achieving ‘excellent levels of independence and social confidence’ as shown by how children ‘share, negotiate and.....

Some dads work later to avoid 90 minute battle to get children to bed

Angeline Albert (23-Jun-17)

Parents spend 90 minutes on average putting kids to bed – causing some dads (15 per cent) to work later to avoid the bedtime routine altogether. Of the 2,000 parents surveyed, with children under three-years-old,.....

Nursery founder who left school with no qualifications is 'thrilled' by OBE from Queen

Angeline Albert (20-Jun-17)

She may have left school with no qualifications at the age of 15 but Margaret Mason, the chief executive of Children 1st Day Nurseries, received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's birthday honours,.....

Government reshuffle sees childcare minister Caroline Dinenage depart

Angeline Albert (16-Jun-17)

Caroline Dinenage, the minister who had portfolio responsibility for early years, has moved Government departments to join the Department of Work and Pensions, following a post-election reshuffle. Working.....

'Stability is urgently needed' in wake of General Election, say nurseries

Melissa McAlees (09-Jun-17)

A period of political uncertainty lies ahead for the early years sector, as Britain woke up to a hung parliament this morning. Whilst the Conservative Party was left eight seats short of the 326 needed to.....