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More support needed to encourage positive feeding habits to families with young children, say experts

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Feb-12)

Families with children under three, need better practical support to encourage their children to have positive and healthy eating habits from an early age, warn experts on childhood nutrition and development. The Infant.....

Casterbridge Nurseries awarded ‘One to Watch' rating from Sunday Times awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Feb-12)

Casterbridge Nurseries have been awarded a ‘One to Watch’ rating from the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards. This is the second year running Casterbridge have received this national accolade which involves staff surveys.....

Parents reading with toddlers for over 42 minutes a day

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

With World Book Day on Thursday 1 March and the government unveiling plans to boost literacy standards, it’s good news, because parents are enjoying reading with their children! Computer Voucher Services (CVS) – the childcare.....

Busy Bees nurseries raise over 18,000 for Tommy’s charity

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

Pre-schoolers at Busy Bees nurseries across the UK raised over £18,000 for Tommy’s charity. The tots were sponsored to put on a show for their friends and families where they showcased their Peppa Pig Bing Bong dance, and they were.....

MPs to question Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather about Sure Start

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

As part of their inquiry into the future of Sure Start Children’s Centres, members of the All Party Parliamentary Sure Start Group will be questioning the Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather on Wednesday 29 February in Westminster......

MPs want Government to end the uncertainty over Sure Start

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Feb-12)

MPs are concerned that the uncertainty and confusion regarding Sure Start Children’s Centres in England could cause problems for parents getting access to the help and support they need. The members of the Sure Start All.....

New survey by Daycare Trust shows increase in childcare costs

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Feb-12)

A survey out today by the Daycare Trust, has highlighted the rise in childcare costs across the country. Nursery costs have risen nearly 6 per cent and 44,000 fewer families are receiving help with childcare costs since April’s tax.....

Labour promises to extend free childcare provision if it keeps control of Glasgow City Council

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-12)

Labour has promised to extend its free childcare provision if it manages to keep control of Glasgow City Council in the local elections. Children in Scotland currently receive 15 hours of funded childcare a week at the beginning.....

Deadline extended for nurseries to register for free space hoppers and balance bikes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-12)

A scheme giving free sports equipment to nurseries has extended its deadline. The Haven Fun and Fitness sports equipment giveaway includes balance bikes, sports day equipment, cricket bats, racquets, balls, space hoppers and.....

Nursery Show announces EYFS seminar programme.

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-12)

The Nursery Show, which is being held in Bournemouth in April, has announced its EYFS professionals seminar programme. Richard Joslin, the event managing director, said: ‘The seminar programme is a key element for the re-launch.....

Nursery worker charged with child sex abuse and pornography offences

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Feb-12)

A nursery nurse who worked at a council-run nursery in Scotland has been charged with child sex abuse and pornography offences. Alexander Mortimer has been accused of two counts of sexual assault of a young child, two counts of.....

Call for government to tackle 'eye-wateringly high' childcare costs in the capital

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Feb-12)

The Government and local authorities need to take action to stop parents in London being locked out of employment because of ‘eye-wateringly high’ childcare costs, according to the London Assembly. Childcare in London costs.....

State-of-the-art Orpington nursery intrigues local parents

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Feb-12)

Construction work has been completed at the new Brinds Well Nursery, in Orpington, after several years of planning. Built next door to the now former Brinds Well Nursery, the facilities have been purposely designed to suit the.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance seeks nominations for its Alliance Volunteer Awards

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Feb-12)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is looking for nominees for its Volunteer Awards 2012. Everyone directly involved with the work of the Alliance, whether as parents, staff members or volunteers, is eligible to nominate volunteers.....

4Children's guide to the revised EYFS

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Feb-12)

The early years’ charity, 4Children, has launched a new section on its Foundation Years website to support practitioners in implementing the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). The countdown button will take.....

Labour MPs attack Coalition childcare policies

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Feb-12)

Writing in the Guardian this weekend, Labour MPs Liam Byrne and Stephen Twigg attacked the Coalition’s record on childcare while championing their own party’s record in office on the issue, describing the doubling of childcare places.....

Australian day care research finds babies are capable of complex interactions

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Feb-12)

Babies do not need to master language skills before they are capable of interacting with younger children, a study funded by the Australian Research Council has found. A Charles Sturt University team strapped cameras to the heads.....

Coventry nursery embraces outdoor learning

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Feb-12)

Hope Nursery in Coventry is the latest early years provider to take up the challenge of outdoor learning. The nursery claims both children and parents have been inspired by being able to enjoy more outdoor experiences. Mini.....

'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' report shows UK is failing its children

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Feb-12)

England is failing its young children on 'a grand scale' as the gap between poor and rich widens, according to a landmark report. New figures out to mark the second anniversary of the release of the Marmot Review Fair Society,.....

Court Oak Kindergarten becomes latest Bright Horizons acquisition

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Feb-12)

Court Oak Kindergarten in Harborne has been bought by Bright Horizons, one of the UK’s largest childcare providers. The nursery, which is registered for 58 children, had previously been run independently by husband and wife team,.....