Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Busy Bees acquires Treetops Nurseries

Melissa McAlees (30-Mar-17)

The UK’s largest nursery group, Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd has announced the agreement to acquire Treetops Nurseries, a private childcare provider with a portfolio of 61 nurseries predominantly in the East and South East of England. Treetops.....

MPs call for 'urgent action' to tackle childhood obesity

Melissa McAlees (27-Mar-17)

A new report by the Health Select Committee calls for more robust action by the Government to tackle childhood obesity, including controlling the ‘deep discounting and price promotions’ on the sales of unhealthy food and drink. The.....

NHS launches breastfeeding 'ChatBot' to support new mums

Melissa McAlees (27-Mar-17)

Research from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS suggests that fewer than half of babies in England are breastfed for longer than two months. Almost three quarters of mothers start breastfeeding when their.....

Nurseries in Scotland to get quality status and £2m training fund

Angeline Albert (24-Mar-17)

The Scottish Government has announced a £2 million specialist training fund will be available for nurseries, as well as a national quality stamp of approval. As part of an early years action plan, Scotland.....

Scotland faces childcare shortage as nurseries refuse to offer free places

Angeline Albert (23-Mar-17)

Many nurseries in Scotland have refused to offer the 1,140 free childcare hours promised by the Scottish Government from 2020 - meaning families could miss out on funded nursery places. Almost half (49 per.....

Nursery bridges the generational gap with heartwarming visits to care home

Melissa McAlees (22-Mar-17)

We are often told to value all ages in our communities, from the very young to the very old. It is said that developing connections between older adults and the youngest members of the community can have wonderful benefits for both.....

Nurseries urged to sign up as £2,000 a year Tax-Free Childcare website goes live

Angeline Albert (22-Mar-17)

Millions of parents can register from today for a new Tax-Free Childcare scheme and the 30 hours' free childcare offer via the Government’s new Childcare Choices website. Nurseries are being urged to sign.....

'Distressing' rise in babies and toddlers hospitalised to remove rotten teeth

Angeline Albert (22-Mar-17)

The number of tooth extractions performed on babies and children up to the age of four in hospital has risen by a quarter (24 per cent) in England over the last decade. No less than 84,086 tooth extractions.....

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

Angeline Albert (21-Mar-17)

Nurseries across the West Midlands went into emergency lock-down 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 payrise

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.....

Busy Bees joins forces with Meningitis Now as national charity partner

Charley Walker, News Editor (17-Mar-17)

Childcare provider Busy Bees has announced it will be supporting Meningitis Now throughout 2017 to raise awareness and contribute to the £3m the charity needs to smoothly throughout the year. The UK’s largest.....

Nurseries dispute 'misleading' report that thousands of nursery practitioners are paid less than minimum wage

Sue Learner (17-Mar-17)

National Day Nurseries Association and Pre-School Learning Alliance have disputed a new report which claims 20,000 nursery practitioners are being paid below the minimum wage. Research based on data from.....

Olympic badminton player inspires nursery children to be healthy

Sue Learner (16-Mar-17)

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms is launching National Day Nurseries Association’s (NDNA) Healthy Body, Happy Me campaign to encourage children to be healthy. Nursery children will be learning all about.....

'Silent killer' of physical inactivity affecting children as young as seven years old

Charley Walker (15-Mar-17)

Researchers have recommended that policy efforts to promote physical activity should begin much earlier in childhood, following a new study that revealed a significant decrease in exercise by the age of seven. Despite.....

Treatment programme for toddlers with speech and language needs gets funding boost

Sue Learner (15-Mar-17)

A new treatment programme for pre-school children with speech and language needs has been given a funding boost of £314,711 by the Nuffield Foundation. Solent NHS Trust will be working with speech and language.....

Vloggers launch #YANA Challenge to combat loneliness among mothers

Charley Walker (14-Mar-17)

Following new findings that 92 per cent of UK mothers feel lonely, YouTube vloggers at ChannelMum.com have launched the #YANA (You Are Not Alone) Challenge to help connect mums online and offline. A poll.....

Number of childcare providers rated Good or Outstanding reaches all-time high

Sue Learner (14-Mar-17)

The number of childcare providers rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted has reached an all-time high, with 93 per cent now achieving this rating. This is up from 91 per cent since 31 August 2016 and up from.....

Babies' lives being put at risk by parents' lack of awareness over cot death

Sue Learner (13-Mar-17)

More than half of parents are still unsure what is the safest position for their baby to sleep, according to a new survey. The research carried out by The Lullaby Trust, found that over 55 per cent of parents.....

Life-threatening sepsis should be treated within one hour, says NICE

Melissa McAlees (10-Mar-17)

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is urging healthcare professionals to treat individuals with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour. In a new draft quality standard,.....

Busy Bees launch #ChuckleChallenge in support of Comic Relief

Melissa McAlees (07-Mar-17)

When it comes to doing something for charity, a gruelling run usually springs to mind, or perhaps an all-night walk in the rain or even giving up a favourite treat. One of the UK’s leading childcare providers,.....