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'Eye watering' childcare costs rise four times faster than wages

Angeline Albert (20-Oct-17)

The average cost of childcare for a one-year-old has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008. Childcare costs have rocketed up in England by 48 per cent for those with a one-year-old child.....

Nursery boss tells childcare minister: We're doing 'free' childcare 'under duress'

Angeline Albert (16-Oct-17)

Childcare minister Robert Goodwill was warned Government underfunding has created ‘low morale’ among childcare providers with 30 hours ‘free’ childcare and other ‘Government-controlled’ costs like business rates causing nurseries.....

'Baby talk' plays important role in language learning

Sue Learner (13-Oct-17)

‘Baby talk’ may sound silly to adults, but researchers have now found that it plays an important role in language learning and highlighting the structure of language. Researchers from Princeton University.....

Toddlers' fingertip injuries can cause lifelong pain and disfigurement

Michaela Mildenhall (13-Oct-17)

Fingertip injuries are the most common hand injury seen by plastic and reconstructive surgeons, with toddlers most at risk, and doctors are now warning they can lead to lifelong pain, disfigurement and even depression. Around.....

Sleeping on your back while pregnant can increase stillbirth risk

Sue Learner (12-Oct-17)

Pregnant mums are being warned not to sleep on their backs during late pregnancy, as it can increase the risk of stillbirth. The research carried out by Auckland University investigated the sleep positions.....

Nurseries offered free business support

Sue Learner (10-Oct-17)

Nurseries can now take advantage of free business support and assessment tools as well as a network for sharing best practice. The Early Years Business Zone website which has been put together by National.....

Childcare leaders export 'outstanding' nursery expertise to China

Angeline Albert (09-Oct-17)

UK childcare experts have returned from the Government’s first early years education trade mission to China and have attracted Chinese delegates back to check out British nurseries. The Department for.....

Dolly Parton launches Story Starters in London to prepare children for reading at school

Melissa McAlees (06-Oct-17)

US country singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton launched Story Starters at Coram Campus in London today, a volunteer-led programme designed to give nursery children the essential skills to start primary school ready to read. Story.....

Children's food expert, Annabel Karmel, helps nursery lead the way on healthy eating

Melissa McAlees (06-Oct-17)

Bestselling author and food expert Annabel Karmel, has partnered up with a nursery in Wanstead to design a healthy menu that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Recognised throughout the country for devising.....

Nursery recruitment crisis threatens 30-hour childcare offer

Melissa McAlees (03-Oct-17)

Nurseries in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need to deliver 30-hours ‘free’ childcare for working families, a new study suggests. Research conducted by independent analysts Ceeda, shows.....

Scientists to explore if delivering big babies earlier will reduce birthing problems

Sue Learner (27-Sep-17)

Academics are to carry out research to discover if delivering big babies earlier, before the pregnancy has reached full term, will reduce complications that can occur during the birth. If a baby is larger.....

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.....

Unlike England, Scottish nurseries get business rate exemption

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, in response to.....

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.....

French nursery giant buys slice 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.....