Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Parents warned about 'dangers of a sedentary lifestyle' as TV is linked to feelings of anxiety and stress in children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Aug-13)

A report from Public Health England has identified that spending too much time on front of a screen is one reason that has led more children reporting lower levels of self-worth, self-esteem and self-reported happiness. The.....

National Day Nurseries Association calls for robust safeguarding and whistleblowing policies in wake of nursery rape case

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Aug-13)

The chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has said lessons need to be learned following the serious case review into the abuse of a little girl at Little Stars Nursery in 2010. Purnima.....

Parents are paying into long term savings plans to secure their child’s future

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Aug-13)

37 per cent of parents are making monthly payments into a long term savings plan on their children’s behalf. A research study carried out as part of an Aviva family finances report also found that only nine per cent of parents.....

Ofsted apologises for failing 'to stop dangerous child abuser' in nursery rape case

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Aug-13)

Ofsted has responded to a serious case review into the rape of a child at Little Stars nursery in Birmingham by apologising for failing “to stop this dangerous and manipulative child abuser sooner”. Jailed.....

Big Lottery Fund grants to improve lives of vulnerable young children

Laura McCardle, News Editor (23-Aug-13)

The Big Lottery Fund has announced a £5m investment to help thousands of parents give their infants the best possible start in life. The cash, from the organisation’s ‘A Better Start’ initiative, will be.....

Busy Bees to launch interactive storytelling group

Laura McCardle, News Editor (21-Aug-13)

A Busy Bees nursery in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, is to launch a free storytelling group for parents and pre-school aged children. The programme follows a successful taster session at Mothercare and Toys r Us.....

Pre-School Learning Alliance FoI request questions fairness of Ofsted inspections

Laura McCardle, News Editor (21-Aug-13)

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has written to Ofsted asking for details of the frequency of inspection downgrades. The Freedom of Information (FoI) request was submitted yesterday following rising concerns.....

NDNA to host Ofsted workshops to address inspection concerns

Laura McCardle, News Editor (20-Aug-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has revealed plans to host a series of half day Ofsted inspection workshops. The events, which start on 12 September, have been organised by Early Years Advisors.....

New children’s services boss promises dramatic improvement at Norfolk County Council

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Aug-13)

The new interim director of children’s services at Norfolk County Council has promised to dramatically improve the department’s performance as the Government warns it will intervene if changes are not made. Sheila.....

Parents finding it ‘harder to pay for the essentials’ as childcare costs rise

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Aug-13)

Research published this morning has revealed that parents are struggling to pay for “the essentials their children need” as childcare costs rise by 5.9 per cent, and experts are blaming a lack of Government support. ‘Costs.....

Joint chief executive of PACEY steps down

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Aug-13)

Catherine Farrell has quit her role as joint chief executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). The charity has confirmed that she left on 31 July. Her departure means.....

Early Years Professional launches petition in battle to gain Qualified Teacher Status

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

An experienced Early Years Professional (EYP) has launched an online campaign calling for action from the Department for Education after she was refused access to a course offering Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), despite having a.....

Early Intervention Foundation reveals ‘Pioneering Places’

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has revealed its 20 ‘Pioneering Places’ selected to provide real-life examples of how best to support vulnerable youngsters. The organisation, which wants every child.....

Communities urged not to stand in the way of children playing outdoors

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Aug-13)

Today is Playday 2013 and parents all over Britain and Ireland are being encouraged to find ways to help their children enjoy and experience more outdoor play. Research shows that outdoor play has been.....

Tax breaks under fire for excluding stay-at-home parents

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Aug-13)

Childcare tax breaks should be more adaptable to parents’ choice of career and lifestyle, according to early years membership organisation the Pre-school Learning Alliance. The Alliance has criticised the Government’s announcement.....

Keep your under-fives active in August with help from the Summer Activity Calendar

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

Parents are set to benefit from a new tool offering ideas and activities to keep under-fives active throughout the month of August. The Summer Activity Calendar is available on-line and reveals a new activity daily for families.....

Parents fight Manchester council’s plans to oust ‘Outstanding’ childcare provider from Claremont nursery

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

A group of worried parents in Manchester have started an e-petition in a bid to retain their current childcare provider – Brighter Beginnings. Parents of children who attend Brighter Beginnings Nursery, which was rated ‘Outstanding’.....

One in four children missing out on confidence boosting family mealtimes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

Children who do not participate in daily family mealtime conversations could be missing out on a key opportunity to develop their confidence and communications skills, a report has suggested. The report,.....