Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Nursery introduces 'babywearing' to help comfort and soothe babies

Melissa McAlees (22-Sep-17)

A Cambridge nursery has introduced 'babywearing' to help soothe and comfort the babies they look after. Rainbow Day Nursery in Trumpington has become the first nursery in Cambridge - and the third in the UK -.....

Nerf guns can cause irreversible damage to children's eyes, warn doctors

Melissa McAlees (19-Sep-17)

Doctors are urging children and adults to wear protective goggles when playing with Nerf guns, as the foam darts have been found to cause serious eye injuries. Accident and emergency medics from Moorfields.....

CBeebies creates first children's animation starring autistic cast

Angeline Albert (18-Sep-17)

Autism is to take centre stage in a new animated TV series being broadcast into children’s living rooms from October. With its main character and rest of the cast all on the autism spectrum, the TV series.....

London terrorist attack sparks evacuation of nursery children

Angeline Albert (15-Sep-17)

Police fears of another terrorist attack in South West London, led to staff at Zebedee Nursery being told to evacuate the setting, after a bomb exploded at Parsons Green underground station. Twenty-two.....

Scottish nurseries get business rate exemption from April

Angeline Albert (13-Sep-17)

Unlike England and Wales, nurseries in Scotland will no longer have to pay business rates from 1 April 2018. Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay made the announcement at Holyrood this week, in.....

Childcare robots start work in Japanese nurseries

Angeline Albert (12-Sep-17)

Robots are being tested out at nurseries in Japan to plug the country’s early years recruitment crisis, which has seen demand for childcare places outstrip supply. Artificial intelligence that can recognise.....

Air quality data reveals children's poisoned playgrounds

Angeline Albert (11-Sep-17)

Thousands of children are playing in playgrounds with dangerous air pollution levels, Government data reveals An analysis of Government figures, by environmental law charity ClientEarth, has revealed almost.....

China's influence grows as bilingual Mandarin nursery group plans further expansion in London

Sue Learner (08-Sep-17)

With China’s economy booming, demand for Mandarin has risen in the UK to the extent that its first bilingual Mandarin-English nursery group has just opened its second setting, with a further two in the planning stages. Hatching.....

No women only prisons means Welsh children are forced to travel to England to visit mums

Sue Learner (08-Sep-17)

Wales has no women only prisons, which means Welsh children are being forced to travel huge distances to visit their mums, who are serving their sentences in English prisons. In a bid to help these children, a scheme has been set.....

One of France's leading nursery chains buys up more of UK childcare market

Sue Learner (07-Sep-17)

Grandir which owns Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR), comprising of over 300 nurseries in France, is continuing its expansion into the UK by buying up Kiddi Caru’s 20 nurseries. Kiddi Caru which was run by.....

daynurseries.co.uk helps nurseries tackle childcare recruitment problems

Sue Learner (04-Sep-17)

Good staff who are enthused about the early years are crucial for any nursery, yet finding them can be a real challenge. Now daynurseries.co.uk has come up with an innovative way of helping nurseries find.....

Early years funding must support 'lost generation' of disadvantaged children, says Labour MP

Melissa McAlees (01-Sep-17)

The majority of early years funding is benefitting wealthier families, with the most disadvantaged only getting a ‘tiny fraction’ of help, new research suggests. According to a report published by Labour.....

Nursery takes a million steps and raises £14,000 for meningitis World Waddle Toddle

Michaela Mildenhall (25-Aug-17)

Staff, children and families across several UK and Singapore nurseries joined forces to take park in a World Waddle Toddle to raise money for the charity, Meningitis Now. Busy Bee nurseries raised £14,017.....

HMRC boss left 'red-faced' after admitting '30-hours' website failure

Michaela Mildenhall (24-Aug-17)

In the widening controversy over the failure of a HMRC website designed to administer the new ‘30 hours’ scheme, HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson has issued an apology, explaining £45,000 compensation had already been paid to parents.....

Wales set to introduce a 'safer' Down's syndrome test for pregnant women

Melissa McAlees (23-Aug-17)

A 'safer' and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome that allows pregnant women to be screened without the risk of miscarriage is to be introduced in Wales next year. The Welsh Government has agreed to the.....

Scottish Government under pressure to abolish business rates for struggling nurseries

Michaela Mildenhall (22-Aug-17)

Business rates should be removed for nurseries in Scotland to support childcare provision, according to a Government think-tank. The Barclay Review on Business Rates has responded to a petition handed in.....

Government urges food companies to reduce calories in fight against childhood obesity

Michaela Mildenhall (21-Aug-17)

The Government has unveiled new plans to hold companies to account over the amount of calories found in foods aimed at young children, as part of its next step in reducing childhood obesity. A Public Health.....

Ofsted stops 'inadequate' Learndirect from training childcare apprentices

Angeline Albert (17-Aug-17)

A major childcare training provider is to be stripped of its Government funding after Ofsted inspectors rated it ‘inadequate’ for the ‘poor’ level of teaching it gives apprentices. Tutors and assessors were.....

New baby box for every Scottish newborn

Michaela Mildenhall (17-Aug-17)

New mums in Scotland are being offered free baby boxes to ensure every baby is given the best possible start in life. There has been disagreement by charities and organisations as to the effectiveness that.....

Doctors buy up nurseries after diagnosing financial health in market

Michaela Mildenhall (15-Aug-17)

First-time buyers entering the nursery sector are coming from unexpected places with doctors and pharmacists finding a financial pulse in the childcare market. One sale, in particular, has demonstrated appetite from a less likely.....