Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Harriet Harman supports campaign against Government’s plans to change childcare ratios

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

The deputy leader of the Labour party has said the Government’s plans to change childcare ratios will “undermine the quality” of care. Harriet Harman spoke about the Government’s proposals, which will see.....

Event organiser announces second location for the Childcare Expo

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

Broadway Events has announced a second location for a popular childcare, nursery and early years exhibition. The Childcare Expo has been held Coventry for the past three years and has been so successful.....

Peter Pan Nursery wants fearless fundraisers to take part in charity skydive

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

A Staffordshire nursery is looking for fearless fundraisers to take part in its second charity skydive of the summer. The Peter Pan Nursery in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is hosting a charity jump on 18.....

Co-operative Childcare Nursery staff host charity Zumbathon in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

Staff at a Wolverhampton nursery raised more than £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust when they held a charity Zumbathon. The team from the Co-operative Childcare Nursery in Paget Road were joined by family.....

Mumsnet backs Pre-School Learning Alliance campaign against childcare ratio changes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest network for parents, is supporting a campaign by the Pre-School Learning Alliance against proposed changes to childcare ratios. ‘Rewind on Ratios’ calls for the Government to scrap.....

A world of music and stories for children at Edinburgh's TradFest this week

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

A love of storytelling is high on the agenda at Edinburgh’s TradFest, a unique twelve-day festival committed to bringing a ‘feast of culture’ to Scotland. TradFest kicked off last week in the heart of the Scottish capital and runs.....

MP visits Essex nursery after third ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in a row

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

Staff and children at an Essex day nursery were honoured with a visit from their local MP after achieving three ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings in a row. Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, wrote to staff at Kiddi Caru to congratulate them.....

Report shows new mums ‘massively’ underestimate the cost of raising a child

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

New mums underestimate the cost of raising a child by £3,180 a year, according to a leading insurance provider. Legal & General Retail Protection recently published figures from its 2013 Value of a Parent.....

Finalists announced for National Day Nurseries Association Nursery awards

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

The finalists for the NDNA Nursery Awards 2013 have been announced, after receiving thousands of nominations from parents. The awards are the only nursery awards nominated by parents and for the first time,.....

A culture of safety is needed at nurseries to protect children from accidents and abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Apr-13)

Recent high-profile cases such as the death of a three-year-old at a nursery last year, have demonstrated that childcare providers need to establish a culture of safety within their settings, if nursery staff are to ensure the environment.....

Scottish children to get more free childcare hours than children in England and Wales

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Apr-13)

Three and four-year-old children in Scotland are to be entitled to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year, under proposals in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill. This is an increase.....

Men feel more depressed and isolated than women if they don’t have children

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

Men are almost as likely as women to want children, and they feel more isolated, depressed, angry and sad than women if they don’t have them, according to a new study. Robin Hadley, a researcher at Keele.....

Nursery defends its children’s manners after childcare minister claims British nurseries breed unruly toddlers

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

Nursery chain, Kids 1st Nurseries, claims good manners are at the core of its curricum, after childcare minister Elizabeth Truss sparked outrage by saying nurseries are breeding a generation of unruly toddlers and failing to teach them.....

Childcare minister criticises 'chaotic' nurseries where children run around with 'no sense of purpose'

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

Childcare minister, Elizabeth Truss, has launched an attack on nurseries in Britain, saying many are “chaotic”, “where children are running around” and “there’s no sense of purpose”. She made the comments.....

Barristers in London get subsidised nursery enabling more women to stay in the profession

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has opened the 'Bar Nursery at Smithfield House', a central London nursery in partnership with Smithfield House Childrens Nursery. The nursery is open to children.....

Proposed changes to Ofsted ratings provoke mixed feelings

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Apr-13)

Ofsted plans to target weaker day nurseries and pre-schools with more inspections have been welcomed by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, but the decision to change the definition of service ratings sees the two organisations taking.....

Bop along to LolliBop this August

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

Annual children’s event, LolliBop, is moving venues this year, having been lured by the prestige of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Formerly held at Regent’s Park since its first successful date in 2011,.....

Day nurseries and childminders to come under scrutiny from new Government research

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

An eight-year study of pre-school and childcare services has been announced today, as the Government seeks an overview of how effective early years education is for children aged two, three and four. The ‘Evaluation of Early Years.....

Children's Society fear benefit cap will 'put more children on the breadline'

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Apr-13)

A pilot household benefit cap is now in place in the four London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey, with the Government planning to implement the welfare reform across the rest of England, Wales and Scotland during.....

Building work begins on new Plymouth nursery

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Apr-13)

Scheduled for a summer 2013 opening, construction has begun on a new Happy Days South West Ltd facility on the site of Plymouth’s Derriford Business Park. Made possible through a partnership with the Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust, the purpose-built.....